The Line Has Been Crossed

The Spectator: A landmark in national life has just been passed. For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to have no religion have exceeded the number of Christians in Britain. Some 44 per cent of us regard ourselves as Christian, 8 per cent follow another religion and 48 per cent follow none. The decline of Christianity is perhaps the biggest single change in Britain over the past century. For some time, it has been a stretch to describe Britain as a Christian … [Read More...]

Vital Pursuit: Top Ten Books #2

Vital Pursuit, by John FryeSurreptitiously guided by God to Moody Bible Institute by the magnet of becoming a missionary aviation pilot, I encountered doubts and confusion about that “call” [last week’s post]. Wisely counseled by a professor, I switched to the Bible major, focusing on pastoral ministry and New Testament Greek. My passion for taking the Gospel to the world needed a new direction, a quest, a pursuit. The second book that shaped my life in my formative years (1960s) as a Chris … [Read More...]

Let’s Hear it for a Fountain Pen!

At lunch Wednesday with two new and very enjoyable friends one observed my fountain pen, which he recognized as a Pelikan (which is immediate friendship for me), we had a few moments to share the feel of three nice pens. I could go on.. but won't.I once heard that Biro has now accounted for 100 billion Bic pens -- disposable, now clogging up pipes, glutting our dump yards, and defying the world's nature decomposition. So, let me urge you to stop buying Bics, buy a fountain pen, and be a … [Read More...]

Why Women are Not Going to Church

Patricia Miller, with RD: What McClendon overlooks is that the years that women’s church attendance began to decline are the very years when religious leaders in the Catholic Church and the evangelical movement fused religion with the culture wars, with overall attendance for women taking it’s firs … [Read More...]

And Abram Went (RJS)

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you … [Read More...]

Post-Church Church Leaders

By Michelle Van Loon: What do these people have in common?The single woman in her mid-thirties with $40,000 worth of seminary debt now working as an office manager for a software vendor.The former youth pastor now installing replacement windows for a home-improvement company.The … [Read More...]

Preaching and Memorial Day

By Jason MicheliMemorial Day Weekend is approaching.Memorial Day, though it’s not a Christian holy day and though we won’t change out the paramant colors to observe it, it’s a tricky time for preachers of the Gospel. It’s tricky not because the valor of the fallen lacks honor but because the … [Read More...]

Parable of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell

By Joe JamesMy first post in this series was aimed at exposing an unnecessary divide in Christianity. I believe that the church cannot afford to adopt either a conservative or a progressive worldview. At the end of this series, I will propose a third way – the Table. But for now, let us examine t … [Read More...]

What is Your Story? (RJS)

I received a new book in the mail today How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science. In this book twenty-five Christians reflect on their journey to and around the intersection of evolution and Christian faith. The contributors come from a range of perspectives … [Read More...]

Megachurch Liturgy as Commercial for Church

By Michelle Van Loon:The lights dim, and the band takes the stage.The worship leader welcomes the crowd with a boisterous “Hey, how’s everyone doin’? Great to see you all!” before the band slips into a booming, clever cover of a pop song, then segues into a couple of modern sing-a-long worship st … [Read More...]

Happiness is Serving

Tom Jacobs:The point has been made by everyone from neuroscientists to foul-mouthedsinging puppets: If you really want to be happy, set aside your own desires and help others. But do we really believe it, and do we, in fact, behave accordingly? If your answer is a sheepish “no,” you might want t … [Read More...]

Garrison Keillor Speaks Truth about Christian Branding

Branding is one of those terms that have crept up on us and caught us unawares and now it seems here to stay. Occasionally my publishers -- never my editors -- have spoken about "branding" me and it just seems so slimy to me. Faithfulness and wisdom and above all love are the virtues to be sought by … [Read More...]

Ten Ways to Promote Women in Your Church

Debbie Fulthorp:For a little over five years, I served as a lead pastor. I loved this position, but circumstances beyond my control (here is my story) have placed me on the other side of the pulpit these past few years. My search for a lead pastorate as a woman remains daunting.As a former … [Read More...]

Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God,you have given to us your servants grace,by the confession of a true faith,to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity,and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity:Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship,and bring us at … [Read More...]

The Bible in the Contemporary World: with Richard Bauckham

The Bible in the Contemporary World: Interview with Richard BauckhamRichard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is also senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and a fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 May 2016

Mark J. Perry: Has the middle income sector shrunk? Yes. Where did it go? Upward! Bottom Line: Over the last nearly 50 years, one of the most impressive (and unreported) gains for US households has been the three-fold increase (from 8.1% in 1967 to nearly 25% in 2014) in the share of high-income US … [Read More...]

Cautions for Orphanage Volunteering

Source: [London School of Economics, LSE]Overseas volunteering is also extremely popular amongst students. Making a difference whilst forming new friendships in an exotic location; who wouldn’t be tempted by that? Volunteer tourism, voluntourism, volunteer travel, or overseas volunteering, call i … [Read More...]