Book Review: Whose Religion is Christianity?

For over 20 years Lamin Sanneh has been an outspoken voice about how Christianity is growing throughout his native continent of Africa. Although he was born a Muslim and received his Ph.D. in Islamic History, he is a convert to Christianity and is a professor of World Christianity at Yale Divinity School. I recently read his 2003 book Whose Religion is Christianity? (William B. Erdmans Publishing). In it Sanneh offers an invaluable perspective on how Christianity is growing and becoming a part … [Read more...]

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Reading The Entry into Jerusalem Icon

Today the Church celibates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. This day inaugurates Holy Week. The last week of Jesus' life before his crucifixion on Friday. For centuries the church has cried out on this day "Come let us Run With Him." Let us ask ourselves today how we can enter in the Journey toward the cross as the Aroma of Christ to the World. As you look at this icon reflect on where God is calling you this week.God grant that with the angels and the children we may be faithful, and sing … [Read more...]

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For those of you who like Slam Poetry: “I’m sorry I’m a Christian”

For those of you who like Slam Poetry (with the full knowledge that some of you don't) I thought you might like this. It's by a young slam poet, Chris Tse.Much of his message is needed, but I think it brings up a lot of stuff that needs to be worked through a great deal more. He's apologizing, but in such a way that I feel he is mostly attacking the Church without engaging in the areas he's attacking.This isn't wrong, in fact it's needed. I commend Chris for a thoughtful critique, and appreciate … [Read more...]

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Annunciation

The Word was made man and he lived among us - John 1:14In 9 months we will celebrate Christmas. Because of this the church in the west and the east recognizes today as the feast of Annunciation. This is the day we remember the day God first initiated his saving work of incarnation by becoming flesh in the womb of the virgin Mary. For me this festival has a great amount of significance this year. Many of us within Churches that came out of the reformation have lost how important the annunciation … [Read more...]

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Want to get an NLT?

A couple of my friends here at North Park helped create a new translation of the Bible quite a number of years ago called The New living Translation. If you don't have one you should really pick it up. It's a great bible in many ways.... The Publishers of the NLT are giving one away everyday right now through their contest Breakthrough to Clarity so getting your hands on an NLT is easier then ever. PLUS Entering the contest is actually fun. I did it myself a few days ago. It involves writting … [Read more...]

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My Top Ten Reasons for praying the Divine Office

The Christian life is unique among the Abrahamic faiths in the amount of freedom it's adherents have in the practice of spiritual disciplines. Christians often pray, fast, give alms, make pilgrimages, and make professions of their faith, however within most Christian traditions how that is done by the average lay person is often left to the person themselves to decide. What emerges out of this are a myriad of tools and options all designed to help Christians focus on God with every part of their … [Read more...]

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Book Review: Ancient Future Evangelism by Robert E. Webber

After moving away from a fundamentalist background to the Episcopal Church Robert E. Webber spent many years of his life helping evangelicals become more deeply rooted in the historical faith they are a part of. He is known to many today through his "Ancient Future" series of book, which have helped provide a context of historical Christian worship and formation for the evangelicals of today. I recently read his book Ancient Future Evangelism (Baker Books, 2003). In it he posits that conversion … [Read more...]

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Listen to The Dark Night of the soul by Saint John of the cros in it’s entirety

You may have read my post on The Dark Night of the Soul a few days ago. I ran across an audio version of the book posted on youtube. If you have 7 or so hours to spare I recommend listening to it. I put it on in the background the other day and listened to the whole thing. It definitely made me think of certain things more hearing it read aloud and not just reading it. Let me know what you … [Read more...]

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Theology and the Cross – A witness from a communist prison

Today's post is from From Richard Wurmbrand’s With God in Solitary Confinement via Father Stephen. Wurmbrand was a Lutheran pastor who was imprisoned for his faith in communist Romania. Here he met orthodox pastors and other people of faith. In his reflections on this he tells us this story.“I once tried to explain ‘systematic theology’ to a Russian pastor of the Underground Church, who had never seen a whole New Testament. Systematically, I began to explain to him the teaching about the Godhead … [Read more...]

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