What Millenials Want from Church— Substance not Form!


There was a nice piece by Rachel Held Evans on the CNN 'faith' page recently. Here is some of what she said. I think she's essentially right about all this. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/27/why-millennials-are-leaving-the-church/?hpt=hp_c3"I point to research that shows young evangelicals often feel they have to choose between their intellectual integrity and their faith, between science and Christianity, between compassion and holiness.I talk about how the evangelical … [Read more...]

Abortion—- What Should a Christian Think about this Issue?


Personal ethical issues like abortion are complex issues. They ought not to be decided by cliches or self-justifying dictums of various sorts, just in case the life of someone in somebody's womb just happens to be a human being, and not merely a fetus.Let's talk the pie chart above for a moment. What it shows is that in America at least, very few instances of abortion are cases where the mother of the child's life is actually in danger in any way--- perhaps 3% or so of all cases in a … [Read more...]

Lightfoot on the Veracity and Perspicuity of Eusebius


This an excerpt of an important forty page article in the Dictionary of Christian Biography ed. by William Smith et al. It gives you a sense of how Lightfoot critically assessed the work of 'the father of church history'--- Eusebius of Caesarea. Chiefly he faults him for lack of knowledge of Latin and important Latin Fathers such as Tertullian. Here is a bit of what he says (thanks to the site www.tertullian.org/rpearse/eusebius/lightfoot.htm‎l):"It will have appeared from this a … [Read more...]

My Favorite Christy Moments– the 80s and 90s

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These pictures were taken during the many years we lived in Ashland Ohio, which in most ways were great years. You can see from the pictures Christy's joie d'vivre. She loved life, and she was a good big sister to David. The last picture is of her with Pastor Mitchell when she was confirmed after two years of catechism. Today, August 14th, would have been Christy's 34th birthday. It is very hard to accept she is gone. But I am truly thankful for what a wonderful blessing she was to so many … [Read more...]

The Five Most Sinful Cities in America


Las Vegas of course, with a motto like 'what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas' has the reputation of being America's version of 'sin city'. But what if someone used a more comprehensive index of what counts as sin, say the seven deadly sins, and looked at the 100 top population areas in America using that index. Just for review, in case you've been napping, the seven deadly sins are envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath (violence falling under the category of wrath). The person … [Read more...]

‘Popcultured’– Part Two


"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"-- PicassoWhether we know it or not, and whether we like it or not, we swim in a cultural soup, a consumer cultural soup. One of the strength's of Steve Turner's book 'Popcultured' is in demonstrating just how pervasive the effect of pop culture is on everything from our values to the way we dress, what we listen to and watch, and what we eat. One of the main reasons a Christian should not stick his head in the sand and think that … [Read more...]

‘Popcultured’—- Part One


Steve Turner, born in 1949 Northamptonshire England, is a Christian who is a journalist, poet and writer. He currently lives in London. He has written several significant books on famous rock musicians and bands who have had some connection with Christianity--- namely on Eric Claption, Van Morrison, and U2. As a music journalist he interviewed many of the mainstays of British pop and rock music, including Lennon and McCartney and David Bowie.He is imminently qualified to talk about this … [Read more...]

Have Christians Got Game? Christianity and the Gaming World

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[a picture of David and Emily with Ann and myself on their wedding day last October](This post is written by my son, David, who is an avid gamer and knows a good deal more about this issue than I do. He promises another post in the near future).You might be interested in digging in the forums of Christian gamers, who do indeed ask themselves hard questions about the compatibility of gaming with the Christian … [Read more...]

A Day in my Life


On numerous occasions I've been asked to describe a normal day in my life. Usually the question arises due to people wondering how I get so much writing done. Some of the answer to that question comes from the graciousness of my institution not to overload me with committee work and extraneous tasks that do not play to my strengths--- teaching, preaching, writing, and mentoring doctoral students (or masters level students). There is also the fact that I do not teach at a seminary which has a … [Read more...]