Is Your Church “Growing Young”?

The numbers are not good.Church attendance is declining; congregations are aging. Lots of folks are discouraged. The media doesn't mind telling the world the church is dwindling. Critics of the church abound. Secularization takes on cosmic powers.But there are what the authors of Growing Young "bright spots" of churches that are reaching and involving young adults and hence these churches are "growing young."The authors are Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin, and the research … [Read More...]

Michael Brown is Right: Chilling

Michael Brown: There is shocking news this week from Germany. Three Palestinian Muslims who torched a synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany have been given suspended sentences because their actions allegedly represented a justified criticism of Israel. A regional court has upheld the decision of a lower court, also agreeing that the actions of these Muslim men were not antisemitic. And to think that this happened in Germany, a nation that still bears the shame of the Holocaust.According to many … [Read More...]

Let the Blue Parakeet Sing, Please

By Bob Allen, at Baptist News A decade-old emphasis encouraging moderate Baptist churches to invite a woman to preach one Sunday in February has contributed to a shift in how people in the pew think about women in ministry, a longtime advocate for pulpit inclusiveness said in a newsletter promoting the Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching for 2017.Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, said last year 211 churches participated in the annual emphasis launched in … [Read More...]

Sean Palmer Speaks about Thin Silence

Sean Palmer is the lead Pastor at the Vine Church in Temple Texas. You can follow him @SeanPalmerI agree with those who feel that America is headed for uncertain times in our near future. According to a new Quinnipiac University Poll released last Tuesday, America’s President-Elect, Donald T … [Read More...]

Paul and Gender: Traditional Interpretations Exposed

Cynthia Westfall, in her new book Paul and Gender, knows the traditional interpretation and contends it must be re-examined. Hers is not a book shaped by a new method or hermeneutic but instead by a historical and contextual and coherency method, and here are some of her big ideas:Traditional … [Read More...]

The Great Gospel Experiment

This week we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his hard words to clergy who would rather "Wait" and his hopeful dream of a great, united America.  This week we also we also inaugurate the next president of the United States of America, Donald Trump.Each one declares a vis … [Read More...]

Human Rights, Another Form of Western Imperialism? (RJS)

In our last post (Are We Morally Obligated) on Tim Keller's recent book Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical we dug into the issue of the foundation for morals ... with a rather vigorous discussion in the comments. In the next chapter Keller digs in deeper, and suggests an important … [Read More...]

Why Be Anglican: Worship

I am doing a series on the blog about why I became Anglican, and last week I looked at the church calendar, and this week I want to dip into "worship," by which I mean Sunday morning worship service. (I do not equate worship with Sunday morning worship, but Sunday morning worship is … [Read More...]

Listening to the Megaphone (Michelle Van Loon)

By Michelle Van www.MichelleVanLoon.comAs we face a transition in leadership this week in this country unlike any we’ve experienced before, I am praying we in the Church may find that this moment brings us healing, clarity and unity like we’ve not experienced to th … [Read More...]

His Dream Re-Dreamed

Here's the text of Martin Luther King's famous speech/sermon/address in Washington DC. I remember watching it as a kid on TV.I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.I am happy to join with you … [Read More...]

ML King, Jr., In Jail, His Letter

Martin Luther King. Jr. Letter From Birmingham JailApril 16, 1963MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN:While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and … [Read More...]

Praying with the Church Calendar

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 14 January 2017

I was wondering the other day if we ought not to think of election results the way we think of seasonal changes. Up here in Chicago we get Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. For some we are in Winter this presidential election while for others we are in Spring or Summer. Just a thought. Thinking of … [Read More...]

Good Words from Phillip Yancey

Philip Yancey: Some historians trace evangelicals’ involvement in politics back to Koop and his mentor Francis Schaeffer, who together toured the nation urging evangelicals to become active in abortion and end-of-life issues.  I once asked Schaeffer which of his dozens of books gave him most sa … [Read More...]

The Gospel in 3D (John Frye)

I imagine most Jesus Creed readers have attended a major motion picture filmed in 3D. With those amazing 3D glasses you sense that you are not merely seeing a film, you are living in it. I remember my first 3D film when I was eight years old (1955). With technology nowhere near as sophisticated as … [Read More...]

Fitch Reviews JKA Smith: Examining Smith’s Ecclesiology

JAK Smith’s ‘You are What You Love’ (Part 3): A Closer Look At The Ecclesiology Behind ‘You Are What You Love’In You Are What You Love, James K. A. Smith deconstructs the realities of the way humans are formed, the nature of love and desire and the ruins of the individualism, consumerism and self … [Read More...]

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