Salus Extra Ecclesiam

David Hayward posted this cartoon, under the title “Two Differing Views of Church”: One could do the same with the Bible, Jesus, and just about anything else. And Christians have had these discussions, and disagreed about the answers to them, as far back as we can trace.   [Read more...]

Discovering How Not to Make a Lightbulb (or a Church)

My colleague Gautam Rao created posters for this past year's year-long series of events at Butler University centered around the theme of risk. Here is one of them, plus a second item he made explaining the inspiration for the first: The quote from Thimas Edison, that he had not failed over the years, he had [Read More...]

The Future of Churches

IO9 had a post focused on images of church buildings which have been repurposed for secular use. I will share some select examples below, but click through for many more. Churches can react to this with fear, or treat them as inspiration. In some instances, it might make more sense to the life of Christian [Read More...]

Geez Sermon Contest

If you are a scholar or language geek like me, you probably think this post is about writing a homily in Ethiopic. But it isn’t. Geez magazine is looking for people – not necessarily Christians! – who can produce sermons that get away from the tired and painful familiar cliches. You could win up to [Read More...]

WHOcharist

I received an invitation on Facebook to attend WHOcharist. It is apparently a discussion of Doctor Who at a church called South Wedge Mission in Rochester. Who knew? In honor of this creative event title, here is “The Penultimate Supper” by Ray Friesen:   [Read more...]

Bring Church to the People

Many Christians, depending on their denomination, may have heard the challenge to not simply try to bring people to church, but “bring church to the people.” Apparently the Russian Orthodox Church, with the help of (and in the service of) the Russian military, has found a more literal way of doing that than I ever [Read More...]

No Question?

David Hayward’s cartoon today depicts a church where questions are not permitted. There is also a church where explanations are not permitted, which I blogged about previously. In that case, it is in fact a result of somewhat awkward and unfortunate English composed by someone that is not a native speaker. The meaning is that [Read More...]

Beverly Gaventa on Romans

HT Nijay Gupta [Read more...]

The Church Today

The latest cartoon from David Hayward suggests that it is less like tending sheep and more like herding cats. Do you agree? Or does it very much depend on which church one has in mind? [Read more...]

Review of Candida Moss, The Myth of Persecution

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to participate in a blog tour organized by TLC, focused on Candida Moss' book The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. Moss' book begins with modern perspectives on persecution and martyrdom, including examples which have made international news, and then turns [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (W. H. Vanstone)

“The church is like a swimming pool. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end.” –Often attributed to John Shelby Spong, but originally from William H. Vanstone. Via the Patheos Progressive Christian Portal on Facebook.   [Read more...]


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