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How Diverse is Your Church? Amazing Graph

Pew Research CenterWhat surprises? the Roman Catholics are doing very, very well. The typical mainlines are not. Both preach diversity; the former does it better. … [Read More...]

Views of Science and Religion

We Are (Christian) Naturalists (RJS)

Part III of Gary N. Fugle's new book Laying Down Arms to Heal the Creation-Evolution Divide looks at the definition of science, the major scientific issues with creationism and intelligent design, and concludes with a discussion of how we might understand God at work in his creation. In the first chapter of this section, The Face of Science, Fugle provides a definition of science and an explanation of the need for methodological naturalism.[N]atural science exclusively studies the … [Read More...]

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Defining Servant Leadership: The Major Elements

People enter into leadership for a variety of reasons, including passion and skills and gifts and a desire to lead and a desire to control and -- here comes our theme -- a desire to serve. I believe many today who are leaders have gifts and skills and passion but too often are dominated by a desire to control and lead and not a desire to serve and lead through empowering others.Gospel-shaped leadership is servant leadership, not control leadership and not dominating leadership.No one … [Read More...]

One Faith, One Church

Source: Somewhere in Pope Francis’s office is a document that could alter the course of Christian history. It declares an end to hostilities between Catholics and Evangelicals and says the two traditions are now “united in mission because we are declaring the same Gospel”. The Holy Father is think … [Read More...]

I say No. What say You?

Is gay celibacy a new version of conversion therapy? By Brandon Ambrosino:Jones is a blogger for Spiritual Friendship, a site devoted to exploring gay celibacy, a issue of increasing interest in Christian circles. Last fall, The Washington Post reported that gay celibates were “emerging from the … [Read More...]

Caught in the Malestrom?

Men write books about women all the time; men, in fact, often dictate -- that's not too strong of a term, mind you -- what women can and cannot do; men write about what women are permitted by the Bible to do in the church. But very few women write books about men, but now someone has:Carolyn … [Read More...]

The Problem(s) with the “Institutional” Church

No matter how many define it or (don't define it) and no matter how many are using the expression, lots gets packaged into a tight and hot bundle when someone critiques the "institutional" church. Here's "Daniel": Daniel: I see the institution, the hierarchy, the bureaucracy as crippling the body … [Read More...]

Good News from the Week

Source:(NEWSER) – There's keeping a promise to a friend, and there's this: A couple in suburban Buffalo has adopted the four daughters of a friend who died of cancer, reportsWKBW. “She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said OK,” Laura Ruffino tells th … [Read More...]

Prayer for Our Week

Let your continual mercy, O Lord,cleanse and defend your Church;and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help,protect and govern it always by your goodness;through Jesus Christ our Lord,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God,for … [Read More...]

Skydiving Record in Illinois

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Northern-Sponsored Tour

Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I will be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites.The tour also will include a marvelous stop at none other than gorgeous … [Read More...]

A Theology of Religions (by Daniel Strange)

THEIR ROCK IS NOT LIKE OUR ROCK: A THEOLOGY OF RELIGIONSDaniel Strange is Academic Vice Principal and Lecturer in Culture, Religion, and Public Theology at Oak Hill College (London, UK).  The following interview is based on Dan’s book, Their Rock is not Like our Rock.The interview was co … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 1 August 2015

Moriah Balingit, on teaching:McGranaghan now teaches environmental science at Loudoun Valley High School, and his un­or­tho­dox class gets his teen students into the wild as much as possible. They take field trips in canoes and hike to the woods nearby to study trees and wildlife. Students even s … [Read More...]

A Guide for Parents

Source: Raising children in today’s hectic society comes with a lot more challenges than it did just 20 or 30 years ago; we now have more demanding jobs, constant distractions with our phones and other technology, and just busier lives in general. Somewhere in the mix, parents have to rear their c … [Read More...]

Did Jesus Laugh? (John Frye)

I have officiated three funerals in the last two weeks, one of them was my mother’s. In the midst of these times of sorrow and grief, someone asked me if Jesus ever laughed. I actually liked the question.We have no question about Jesus being “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,”but did Je … [Read More...]

Community without Judgment(alism)

Church refugees -- those active former church folks -- are sometimes called the Dones. They are done with church but not with their faith, not with Christianity, not with God, and not with Jesus. They are Done with church (as they have experienced it).Why? The number one reason traced and mapped … [Read More...]

Young Women and, Like, Vocal Fry?

From Kate Shellnutt:Even if you've never heard of "vocal fry" or "upspeak," you probably hear people speak in these patterns every day. Vocal fry is when someone's voice gets lower and turns gravely, usually drawn out at the end of a sentence. It's the sound of the next generation: in a study … [Read More...]