Archives for February 2012


From CT: Name change, at this remove from origins, won’t convince everyone or most or even many. But the Southern Baptist Convention is now made it possible for churches instead to call themselves either SBC or Great Commission Baptists.  Great Commission Baptists is (sorry) better than the BGC’s change to “Converge” and, since there are [Read More…]

Brethren in Christ

Last weekend I was in Elizabethtown PA (E-town to locals), in the heart of God’s country, speaking at the E-town Brethren in Christ church on Sunday and the addressing the pastors and leaders of the Atlantic division of the Brethren in Christ churches. I want thank Steve Lane for hosting this event, my friend Nathan [Read More…]

Confirmation: Thoughts?

I got this note from a pastor in a denomination that baptizes infants and then proceeds to catechism and confirmation, but this pastor has his doubts. What wisdom do you have for him and for us? Let me insert another question here: What percentage of those who go through the catechism/confirmation process are turned down? [Read More…]

What about Purgatory?

Purgatory is a Roman Catholic doctrine, and many Protestants say things about purgatory that are out of line with what Catholics believe, so let me cite the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death [Read More…]

Lenten Discipline

An excellent proposal by JoHannah Reardon: I am not part of a church that regularly practices Lent, but the last few years I thought it would be good for me to give up something for 40 days, helping me to see my addictions and dependencies. In our indulgent, instant-gratification society, I saw the value of [Read More…]

Women, Faith, Decline

By Patricia Wittberg, a piece mostly on the decline of Catholic women in the RCC but one can see a trend across the spectrum … and this study deserves some attention. In Western societies like Europe and the United States, women are more religious than men. That is a sociological truism supported by a wealth [Read More…]

Reflections on Sticky Faith and The King Jesus Gospel (RJS)

Last summer Scot posted a few times on the book Sticky Faith by Kara Powell and Chap Clark. This book contains a wealth of good advice for parents, especially parents of younger children looking for ways to build faith in their children. The book also discusses the kinds of things that churches can do to [Read More…]

Is the gospel inherently social?

The question many Bible readers have asked and are still asking, and an observation many make at the visceral level, is this: Is there a driving concern for social justice in Paul’s letters? Daniel Kirk, in Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?, brings in slavery and how slave owners often justified slavery and subjugation in [Read More…]

“So we cancelled it all…”

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Faith and Sports

David Brooks gets to the heart of the athlete and compares it to the heart of faith. Is competition fundamentally at odds with following Christ? Is the ambition to win? What differences are between Brooks’ sketch of the athlete and the business person/entrepreneur? The moral universe of modern sport is oriented around victory and supremacy. [Read More…]