If They Ask for My Sermons, I’ll Give Them All to Them (Allan Bevere)

From my friend, Allan Bevere:In an unprecedented move, the city government of Houston, Texas has subpoenaed sermons preached by some pastors in Houston who have spoken out publicly against a recently passed city ordinance on equal rights.Sarah Pulliam Bailey for the Religion News Service writes: City attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case's discovery phase, seeking "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, o … [Read More...]

A Modest Plea for Coaches to Stay Pastors (by Geoff Holsclaw)

Geoff Holsclaw is my colleague at Northern Seminary, a fine young pastor and professor, and this post gets right to the heart of what I have myself been observing about too many young pastors -- leaving pastoring to become "coaches." Read and drop a comment.By Geoff Holsclaw, A Modest Plea for Coaches to Stay PastorsThis post is by Geoff HolsclawWhen God called me to be a pastor I resolved I would never view the pastorate as a career ladder to be climbed.Growing up I had seen and … [Read More...]

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What does it mean to “Encounter” God?

Tim Keller, as we have noted in an earlier post, sees prayer as a conversation, but this conversation has a particular shape: God speaks in the Word (the Bible) and we respond in learning to communicate with God in light of that word-y revelation. Thus, Timothy Ward has shown that the words of God given to the prophets and the apostles, written down in the Bible, comprise the main way we encounter God. "To encounter the words of the Scripture is to encounter God in action." We must not, … [Read More...]

Book Launch: Some Photos

Sharing God's Love - The Jesus Creed for Children launched on Thursday evening. Laura and I are grateful for the excitement and support from friends and family. Ruth Grigson, owner of Carol and Company in Barrington, IL (http://www.carolandcompany.com/) hosted the celebration at her bou … [Read More...]

What John Said

What John Ortberg said:I was struck, too, by the language quoted in news reports yesterday to describe this situation. The pastor, the board said, had been guilty of arrogance—along with other attitudes and behaviors associated with arrogance. But had not been charged with “immorality.” When did … [Read More...]

Almighty and everlasting God…

Almighty and everlasting God:In Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations:Preserve the works of your mercy,That your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name.Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with … [Read More...]

Laura’s Book #1!

Laura's book Sharing God's Love hit #1 for Amazon's books for Children's Christian Ministry!Thanks to all who are spreading the word for her.Thanks to Ruth at Carol & Company for hosting the book launch. … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 18 October 2014

A church of many colors? The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that Sunday at 11 a.m. was the most segregated hour in America. Today, pastors like Mr. Beard are working to change that, with some success. The proportion of churches in the U.S. with mixed-race congregations—where no single g … [Read More...]

A Pastor and Energizing Prayer (John Frye)

By John Frye:A charming mechanical bunny beating a bass drum crosses our TV screen. Known affectionately as the “energizer bunny,” it is hawking long-lasting batteries that have more energy than the competitors. What gives long-lasting energy to prayer?Scot McKnight makes this observation: “A … [Read More...]

Listen to Her

From Arise newsletter, by: Adelita Garza is lead pastor of both the Spanish and English congregations at Puente de Vida(Bridge of Life) Church in Santa Paula, CA. She is passionate about seeing the lost come to Jesus and working toward the unity of the church. She received a BA in church leadership a … [Read More...]

Looking forward to Sharing God’s Love Launch

We are looking forward to tonight's book launch.At Carol & Company.In downtown Barrington.6:30-8pm.Here is an endorsement from Steve Argue:"Parents desiring to raise their children in the Christian faith instinctively want to help their children learn to love God and love … [Read More...]

Where is the kingdom?

D. Bonhoeffer, Christmas Night sermon, 25 December 1940 (DBW 16.616). It is no longer a worldly throne and kingdom as it once was but a spiritual throne and kingdom.Where are Jesus' throne and kingdom?They are where he himself is present, reigns, and governs with his word and sacrament, in … [Read More...]

The Church and the Theologian

Monday a prospective student visited with me briefly in my office @nseminary and he expressed his own hopes for churches and for his own calling, which entails teaching theology in a local church -- that is, raising the theological level of ordinary Christians. It is a noble hope and vocation, and … [Read More...]

Bacon’s Bequest (RJS)

A number of weeks ago I introduced a new book by David N. Livingstone Dealing With Darwin. In this book Livingstone, Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast, explores the importance of location and local context on the way Darwinian evolution was received, e … [Read More...]

Who Owns Bonhoeffer?

I have been with a wide variety of theologians and pastors who love Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In fact, Bonhoeffer seems to be on every one's side. Is there a "real" Bonhoeffer beyond the ownership? We might wonder where he'd locate himself in our theological spectrum but that's speculation. Andrew Root, … [Read More...]

Emotions, Gender and Scholarship (by Lynn Cohick)

This post is by co-editor in the Story of God Bible Commentary, and author of an excellent new commentary on Philippians in that series.Emotions, Gender, and ScholarshipThis weekend I attended a memorial for a colleague’s daughter who had passed away from cancer in her 20s.  She graduated fr … [Read More...]

Judging the Cost (by Jonathan Storment)

This post is by Jonathan Storment.Judging the Cost“You know how much I love you right?” –a brother talking to his addicted sister in the show intervention“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” St. PaulA few weeks ago I introduced a short series talking about what … [Read More...]