Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Michael Thompson

Reggie McNeal, Reggie McNeal,  Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009).  Reviewed by Michael C Thompson, who blogs at Grasshoppers Dreaming.  Sitting at a recent church conference at which Reggie McNeal was the featured speaker, I remember this excited and humor-filled preacher unapologetically declare, “The church [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

The heart of the summer brings out some great flower colors. Jim Martin’s reflections on a retreat. Should Christians align themselves with a political party? Allan Bevere asks and discusses. Geeding about being gray. Karen, with her nose on the mend, on the 700 Club. Chaplain Mike on “evangelical” and “postevangelical.” Don Johnson’s Sabbath experiment. [Read More...]

Did this band sing in September?

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Speaking of September

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Your Favorite Version of …

“See You in September”? How about this one by Julie Budd? [Read more...]

Anne Rice Quits…

…. being a Christian. Does this move make her a “spiritual” and “follower of Christ” but not “religious” or “in the Catholic Church”? How do you read her recent statement? Let me make a point I’ve made a number of times: You can’t follow Christ and not participate in the Church and in a church. [Read More...]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T) 3

We’re discussing how we build our knowledge of God, our theology, and using Wesley’s Quadrilateral (Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience) as an outline for our discussion.  Last time we looked at Tradition with some wonderful discussion; today’s topic is the role of Reason in how we build our theology.  Each of these topics overwhelms me in their [Read More...]

Imagine a World 3

Imagine a world where the worst of offenders or the least conforming or the most offensive — in other words, sinners — are restored to the table of fellowship. That’s what Jesus exhorts the Pharisees and legal experts to imagine when he tells the parable of the “prodigal son” (which you can read after the [Read More...]

Twitter Disciples

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Our Common Prayerbook 25 – 3

Prayer is soul-ish wandering. It begins in one place and the spirit and soul wander from place to place while in God’s presence. One could say that genuine prayer often meanders from one thought to another.  The psalmist in Psalm 25 begins in God’s presence and then petitions for wisdom and then asks for mercy. [Read More...]


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