Archives for January 2009

Wednesday Compline Prayer

The peace of God be over me to shelter me, under me to uphold me, about me to protect me, behind me to direct me, ever with me to save me. The peace of all peace be mine this night + in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy [Read More…]

Wisconsin Winter Habits

60 above zero:  Wisconsinites plant gardens. 50 above zero:  People are sunbathing in Green Bay . 40 above zero:  Wisconsinites drive with the sunroof open. 32 above zero:  The water in  Hayward gets thicker. 20 above zero:  Wisconsinites throw on a flannel shirt. 15 above zero:  People in  Wisconsin have one last cookout before it [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 63

Does gospel preaching matter? This is a question that Peter answers. Here are his words, from 1 Peter 4:17: 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins [Read More…]

Inauguration Experience and Reflection

This post is written by my friend and graduate assistant, Chris Ridgeway, a student at North Park Theological Seminary, and an active worker in the Great Commission Ministries. He was at the Inauguration; I asked him if he’d think of writing something for us; his thoughts lead us to reflection on unity. Very nice. Anyone [Read More…]

Preserving the Old

Kris and I received from her grandmother a great chair. We eventually had it re-upholstered but it wore down, too. So, we took it to my basement study and it has been my reading chair for more than a decade. One of the chairs in our living room needs to be re-upholstered so we’ve been [Read More…]

Churches and Justice Ministries

A friend writes to ask about how missional and emerging churches and gatherings and groups are doing when it comes to justice ministries. She is doing some work on this theme and I’d like to know some reports out there of what is happening. It might be best to begin with a definition that expresses [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 62

Peter says something in chp 4 about the gospel that has perplexed many for centuries: 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. [Read More…]

Intellectual Integrity and Faith? 1 (RJS)

One of the serious challenges facing many in our church today – in fact our church for the last couple centuries – is the interaction between reason and faith.  How can we reconcile our increasingly sophisticated knowledge of history, of science, of anthropology, and even of the Bible itself, with the faith of our fathers?  [Read More…]


Our book on fasting is now available. We worked on this book for about a year; it is one of the volumes in Nelson’s The Ancient Practices Series. Phyllis Tickle is the General Editor and other volumes now available are by Brian McLaren and Robert Benson. I hope you can find a way to use [Read More…]

Mexico City Policy: My Opinion

Where am I wrong? If the monies that were designated for non-abortion access NGOs are now being shifted (because of President Obama’s rescinding of the Mexico City Policy) to abortion-access NGOs, then we have a major issue: The rescinding of the Mexico City Policy is not about reducing unwanted pregnancies, it’s about reducing unwanted infants. [Read More…]