A few days ago Zac Smith passed away. I never knew him accept through a video that was posted online three months ago. You can watch it below.http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9796056&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1The Story of Zac Smith from NewSpring Media on Vimeo.Albert Camus once said, “It’s no use reminding yourself daily that you are mortal: it will be brought home to you soon enough.”This year my own mortality has been driven home quite a bit. It seems not a day does by where I am… Read more

1) Prayer is an encounter, but also a relationship – Often times we set aside 15 minuets in the morning, or perhaps even an hour, and get upset when God doesn’t “show up.” We imagine that our relationship with God should conform to our own schedules, but that is not a healthy attitude to have in any relationship. God is with us at all times. Remember a healthy relationship with God is one that is mutual. We may be knocking on God’s… Read more

A few months ago Zondervan and Baker Publishing announced a new way to try to get a book published. Rather then sending in a manuscript and waiting for a letter telling you if your manuscript is good enough, Zondervan and baker now are saying you should go to authonomy.com/Christian. This webpage offers real-time feedback for authors who are working towards being published. It brings readers writers and publishers together. By using the site readers can get access to books, writers can get feedback, and publishers get access to great manuscripts.I don’t know of any books that… Read more

I love liturgy. I really do, there are few things in life that get me more excited then exploring how different elements of liturgy reflect the message of the Gospel.Some times my friends in the Evangelical world get on my case about my love for liturgy. They claim that following forms breeds dead religion.My response is that every church has set ways they do things, traditional liturgy simply establishes meaningful well thought out forms.I ran into this video today via… Read more

Fellow blogger and Orthodox know-it-all Silouan Thompson recently pointed out the following story to me from Diana Butler Bass’ book A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story. For those of you who don’t know Bass I posted a little on her a while back.I can’t say I’ve ever run into this myself, but I do think it’s difficult for many of us who come from churches of the reformation to square our view of the church,… Read more

A few weeks ago I was driving to Michigan from my home in Chicago. I was excited to see my family there, and also my wife who had gone before me a few days. I love seeing my family. There is no other group of people that reflect who I am. I am a little like my Mother, a little like my brothers, a little like my sister, more like my Father then I care to admit, and I am… Read more

A few weeks ago I was driving to Michigan from my home in Chicago. I was excited to see my family there, and also my wife who had gone before me a few days. I love seeing my family. There is no other group of people that reflect who I am. I am a little like my Mother, a little like my brothers, a little like my sister, more like my Father then I care to admit, and I am… Read more

I have heard of Stephen Mansfield for a number of years. He became well known after publishing The Faith of George W. Bush. Although I had never read it I heard quite a great deal about it. On one side I head voices condemn it as propaganda, and a revisionist account of American history. On the other hand people held it up as proof that there was a committed Christian in the White House, which was a good reason to… Read more

Here are some interesting figures from Mark Noll’s The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith.:• This past Sunday it is possible that more Christian believers attended church in China than in all of so-called “Christian Europe.” Yet in 1970 there were no legally functioning churches in all of China; only in 1971 did the communist regime allow for one Protestant and one Roman Catholic Church to hold public worship services, and this was mostly a… Read more

“Use a glass mirror to see your face; use works of art to see your soul”- George Bernard ShawContents of this ArticleIntroductionHistory of iconsDivergence in Art and PracticeIconoclasm in the 8th and 9th CenturyThe Emergence of the Modern EraLutherans and iconsReform Churches and IconsAnglicans and IconsThe Radical Reformaton and iconsIcons in the “Modern” Catholic churchIcons in the “Modern” Eastern churchBearing the image of God in a Post-Modern WorldFor many Christians in the west today the practices of the Eastern Orthodox… Read more


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