Archives for Mar 17, 2009 @ 22:21

Our Governor

Our governor in Illinois, Pat Quinn, is proposing to increase cigarette taxes over the next year to a dollar more. Good grief, Governor, keep this up and folks will quit smoking! And he wants to add State taxes 50%. Maybe we ought to just move up the road to Wisconsin (but that might mean encounters [Read More…]

A Roast to Wade

We met Wade in Nashville at the Zoe Conference last fall. Really liked him. He’s heading down to Austin TX now and this is what the good folks down there can look forward to. You might think this is a top ten ways to know you’ve heard a cutting-edge sermon… The Top Ten Ways You [Read More…]

Our Collective Faith and Heresies 1

The word “heresy” appears on this blog every now and then, and I have long wanted to do a series on heresy and heresies and have now found a perfect reason: B. Quash and M. Ward, Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe . I want to get this conversation [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 18

Does James suggest that the trails of life are to be seen as “gifts” from God? That they are to be converted from trial into “catacombs” of conversion? Notice these words and read them in the context of James 1:2-4: 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming [Read More…]

Youth Ministry 3.0

I sat down the other day with a youth pastor and asked a direct question that I’ve asked a number of youth leaders: “What percentage of your youth become adult, mature Christians?” His response: “You want the truth?” I said, “Of course.” His answer: “About 25%.” We both sat there, fumbling our coffee cups, looking [Read More…]

Beginnings 1 (RJS)

I am currently reading a book by Peter Bouteneff, a theology professor at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, entitled Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives. This book explores the use of the creation narratives in Second Temple Judaism (ca. 200 BCE to 100 CE), in the New Testament, and in the writings [Read More…]