Using the Shepherd’s Crook: Pope Francis Schools Evangelicals, the Media, and the Entire Catholic Church in One Sermon

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As a person going through a divorce, I took a deep, personal interest in the Synod on the Family. I was thrilled that my beloved church wanted to take a pastoral interest in the needs of its sheep.  I wanted to see good, sound and practical steps from the assembled church leaders on how to navigate the troubled waters of modern family life. Sadly, the whole thing almost got derailed by the so-called “mid-synod” report. Conservatives screamed bloody murder at some of the released remarks (I’ve ye … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Temporarily Stepping Down (Heartfelt Repentance or Good Acting?)

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Mark Driscoll, head pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has been no stranger to the controversial spotlight throughout his pastoral career. But opinions by people simply being annoyed or offended at his style and tone have taken a sharp and serious turn over the past year as some major accusations have come to light.  A few weeks ago, the Acts 29 church network removed Driscoll (the co-founder) from the network, citing "ungodly and disqualifying behavior." Additionally, just a few days ago, … [Read more...]

Mid-Life Report Card of a Mostly Bad Christian (Written by St. Peter Himself!)

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A few days ago, I turned forty. I felt pretty good about the first half of my life, especially my recent confirmation in the Catholic Church. I didn’t expect all A’s, but I figured I’d be a solid B student.I waited by the mail box but nothing came. Finally, a weird creature with seven heads appeared in front of me and handed me a scroll. I looked at the postmark that said, “Office of the Church, St. Peter The Rock, Director.” When I tried to tip the strange creature, all seven heads looked at … [Read more...]

The Gospel Fragmentation: Evangelical Rebels without a Clue

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Recently, the Protestant word has been rocked with controversies involving a number of significant figures. Mark Driscoll, de facto leader of the “young, restless, and reformed” crowd, has been caught plagiarizing, buying book sales, and being a questionable leader in his church. Over at the Gospel Coalition, a horrendous public split is taking place between Tullian Tchividjian (grandson of Billy Graham) and the leaders of the Coalition. The later asserts it's a question of theology while Tull … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll, Pope Francis and the Clanging Symbols

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Many people ask me why I gave up my evangelical ordination and journeyed towards the Catholic church.  I struggle to answer these questions because there are multiple answers. None of them are simpleThe recent Mark Driscoll controversies (Named Legion, for they are many), and the release of Pope Francis' Joy of the Gospel gives me an opportunity to hit one of the major issues that drew me to Rome.For those of you don't know, Mark Driscoll is one of the most polarizing figures in the … [Read more...]


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