Compline with the Celts

* My Christ! my Christ! my shield, my encircler, each day, each night, each light, each dark. * My Christ! my Christ! my shield, my encircler, each day, each night, each light, each dark. Be near me, uphold me, my treasure, my triumph. Circle me, Lord, keep protection near and danger afar. * Circle me, [Read More...]

How’s your Greek?

This post is for those who learned Greek in college or seminary, have mostly abandoned it, feel bad about it, and want some encouragement. Constantine Campbell, an Aussie, has a new book just for you: short, clear, and full of zest. It’s called: Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People. Ten short chps, ten good [Read More...]

Kingdom Holiness

The word “holy” or “holiness” don’t often appear these days in some of the most influential books on the Christian life. In fact, holiness seems to be a word that speaks language of a former era. There are reasons for the alienating impact of the word “holiness.” Too many used this word for restraining from [Read More...]

Evangelicalism, One More Time 2

Since the 1980s evangelicalism has developed new legalisms. Before I go there, let me define what “legalism” means: it refers to anything that is added to the gospel in such a way that it diminishes the sufficiency of our acceptance before God in Christ or diminishes the power of the Spirit to guide us. Legalism [Read More...]

American Religion: Shifty 1

Robert Putnam and David Campbell, in their new book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, examine American religion — but their concern is what has happened in the last 50 years or so. Fascinating study. Here’s a major thesis of this book; they see the last 50 years of American religion in three [Read More...]


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