Archives for Mar 23, 2009 @ 15:09

The Bible and Alcohol

It seems every year someone brings up the Bible and alcohol (the drinking kind). My first response, kept to myself but now made public, is this “Yo, have you ever tasted Brunello or a South African wine or a good pint of Boddington’s?” But that doesn’t seem to be the approach needed here. What I [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 21

What are characteristics that form and sustain community? James, the brother of Jesus, has some powerful advice. Here are the words of James 1:19-21: 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life [Read More…]

Behind the Scene: Economic Downturn and the Church Budget (by PW)

This is a series about the spouses of pastors by a friend, who is a pastor’s wife. One of the things affected by the economy is church budgets. Have the realities of the world-wide economy reached your church budget?  Now let’s look behind the scenes: How is your family handling the economic downturn? I’d like [Read More…]

Do you need God to be moral?

C.S. Lewis famously argued that morals need God, that one cannot have universal morals without a divine foundation for those morals. That is, apart from belief in God it is hard to maintain belief in morals. The question Lewis provokes for some is this: Are there cultures where folks are both demonstrably moral and irreligious. [Read More…]