Archives for January 2012

Pastors, Time Alone …

From Matt Woodley, at Out of Ur: How have you learned to get away? To find time alone? I just watched the Pentecostal preacher Jim Cymbala give an altar call and about 400 Baptist pastors came forward for prayer. Here’s what happened. Cymbala told a moving story about his young grandson, an adopted child from [Read More…]

Mark Twain Letter for the Next Burglar

After a burglary, Twain had some advice for the next burglar. [Read more…]

Prayer for the Week

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. [Read More…]

Google Privacy Policy

Google has a new privacy policy, some people are concerned, others are not, but I’m wondering who has looked into it and has something to tell us. What do you think? An invasion of privacy? From what I can tell Google is now indexing wherever we are using one of their services so they can [Read More…]

Saturday Book Review: Anna Rapa

This review is from Ted Gossard, who blogs at Jesus Community. As one raised close enough to the evangelical tradition, later embracing it, and still evangelical as to its core conviction of seeing the gospel as somehow front and center through Jesus in the work of God, evangelism has always been considered somehow central as [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Kathy Keller reflects on Christians marrying non-Christians — worth a good read. Ann Voskamp: “There’s a whole lifetime of memories here at the lake and how many Sunday picnics of fried chicken have we had right up there at the lighthouse? She’d serve extra helpings of green coleslaw and I’d pump the swing high and [Read More…]

Intelligent Political (Meta)Commentary

From the NYTimes by Nate Silver: During the Republican nominating contest, competing paradigms have arisen for how to interpret the evidence from polls, voting results and other tangible indicators of success or failure. The paradigms present profoundly different conclusions about the most likely outcome. One might be called “More of the Same.” It asserts that [Read More…]

Missional in Louisiana

From Wineskins, an interview by Fred Peatross of John Dobbs (who ministers [“preaches”] in Monroe LA): Fred: Can you give me your perspective on what a missional church would look like. John: A missional church may not be recognized so much by it’s Sunday service as it’s Monday – Saturday services. The assembly is affected [Read More…]

Why Would a Scientist Believe the Virgin Birth? (RJS)

Most Christians have a deep appreciation for the scriptures, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Many of our disagreements, especially the most heated discussions of science and faith arise because we respect and wrestle with scripture as inspired by God. As Paul tells Timothy, the scriptures are able to make us wise for [Read More…]

Worldly Leadership in the Church

Wade Burleson, one of the sauciest bloggers in the church world, has a post on creeping authoritarianism in the church. I heard from a friend recently that a leader said leadership is “imposing your will on a group,” and that is precisely what Wade is holding up before the searching light of our Lord and [Read More…]