Archives for January 2009

Belief-O-Matic Quiz to take

Have you seen this test that seeks to determine what your religion really is. [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings

Some of you may be surprised by that opening image, but I’m following the apostle Paul today: “When in Canada, do as the Canadians.” Kris and I are up in Edmonton at Break Forth, where that one famous hockey player once played — can’t recall his name, but I’m here to do some speaking and [Read More…]

Your Favorite Movie Line

OK, I saw this the other day: three lines from movies — “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” “Here’s looking at you, kid.” “You can’t handle the truth!” What’s your favorite movie line? [Read more…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 65

We shift now for a while from the word “gospel/gospeling” to “heralding/herald” (Greek word is kerusso/kerygma/kerux). We back up to the Gospels again, and we begin with John (Matt 3:1-2) and Jesus (4:: 1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is [Read More…]

Preparing for Lent

As with Advent and even our Holy Week, ideas for a major seasonal shift like Lent can be difficult to come by. This year I want to focus on something simple. I’m going to focus on fasting one day each week. (By the way, I’m not convinced giving up chocolate or TV is a “fast.” [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends

Friends think about, talk about, and enjoy happiness with one another. David Naugle’s new book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, is a good book to read and a good book to discuss — and I hope you find a way to read it in a group or at least with [Read More…]

1955 Was a Very Good Year

Comments  made in the year 1955!  ‘I’ll  tell you one thing, if things keep going the way  they are, it’s going to be impossible to  buy a week’s groceries for  $20.00. ‘Have  you seen the new cars coming out next  year?   It  won’t be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a used  one. Which change [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 64

We finish our series on “gospel” today, and we do so by looking briefly at three references to “gospel” in Revelation: 10: 5 Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created [Read More…]

Is Facebook the Future Blog?

Some of you — like us — have both a blog and a Facebook account. Some suggest the future blog will be on Facebook while others say Facebook is so much more for networking and interpersonal stuff and e-mailing that it will never replace the more content- or conversation-shaped blog. What do you think? What [Read More…]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 4

One of the more interesting artists in the history of the West is Vincent Van Gogh.  One of the more fascinating dimensions of Van Gogh’s art was his expression of hope in bright yellow colors, and the absence of such colors in his famous Starry Night was a reflection of his soul’s melancholic state. So, [Read More…]