Archives for April 2011

Eucharistic Reflections 5

One of the most important themes in the last supper is Bread. Brant Pitre, in his new book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper, sees the Lord’s Supper as a new Exodus, a new Passover, and — today’s subject — the new Bread of Presence. In [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week: 4th Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more…]

Calvinism: An Insider’s Evaluation (Sat Aft Book Review)

I’m not a Calvinist, but Kenneth Stewart is. He’s a very good thinker and a clear writer and he argues there is more than one kind of Calvinism, and many don’t even know that, especially many of the most vocal New Calvinists of our day. (Nor do some of them know their history of American [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Got anything for me? Help your parents — or someone who needs it — to be more tech savvy. Fun. And Parents, encourage your kids. Speaking of parenting, April Diaz openly and honestly expresses her struggle of going back to pastoring after an eleven week journey to get her two orphan children, bringing them to [Read More…]

It’s Harder than You Think

David Hazony: But try as I might, I just can’t believe that the Five Books of Moses were written by J, E, P and D – the four main authors whose oral traditions, biblical scholars say, were cobbled together to make the Torah. (The letters stand for the Jahwist, the Elohist, the Priestly source and [Read More…]

What’s a Congregation Worth?

This graphic, from CT’s piece, measures the economic contribution of a church to a community. [Read more…]

Exploring Love Wins 1

I will begin this series on Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, with a prayer. I am asking that you pause quietly and slow down enough to pray this prayer as the way to approach this entire series: O Lord, you have [Read More…]

Conversion as Location

Each local church, whether radically independent or associated with a larger denomination, institutionalizes a conversion orientation. A church does this by the way it presents the gospel, by the way it teaches Sunday School, by the way it preaches from the pulpit, by the way it shapes the programs and platforms. Some kind of conversion [Read More…]