Archives for September 2012

Smooth Places in Turbulent Waters

Perhaps the 21st Century will be when evangelicalism develops an ecclesiology. Perhaps, I say, because the prospects right now are nothing but turbulent waters. Denominations are shrinking noticeably; more and more churches are going rogue. Some are calling for reviving the 1st Century’s house churches and others are non-denominational and mostly disconnected from one another. But [Read More…]

Missio Alliance

Just in case you haven’t heard, we are a part of a new coalition of church leaders called Missio Alliance, and our first conference will be next April 11-13 in Alexandria VA. Here is a link to the presenters, schedule and costs. I encourage pastors and leaders to consider this opportunity to hear expositions of [Read More…]

Teach them to write

By Peg Tyre, a story about reviving learning through the lost art of essay writing: Good writing is learned two ways: by reading good writers and by writing under the supervision of someone who cares about good writing. And so the school’s principal, Deirdre DeAngelis, began a detailed investigation into why, ultimately, New Dorp’s students [Read More…]

Here Comes the City!

The world is on its way to becoming 70% urban so even if you don’t get called to minister in the city, the city is coming to you! At the heart of Tim Keller’s ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan is a vision of the city, so at the heart of that ministry is an [Read More…]

Darwin: Liberator of the Bible

The story of the relation of Genesis to science is complicated. In fact, there are a number of stories, but the first one is the story of difference and then the story compatibility and the third one the story of monopoly. So argues Francis Watson in his chapter in Reading Genesis after Darwin. The story [Read More…]

Sad Change

Bill Maxwell tells his story of formerly encouraging people to become public school teachers, but he can no longer do that: Are you seeing this? Why do you think it is the case that teachers are leaving? Back then, while recalling my public school teachers and having recently completed two transformative years at the University [Read More…]

Hard to Categorize? But not Reformed?

Kent Shaffer posted his Top 200 Church blogs, and Ed Stetzer made these observations: Seven of the top ten are decidedly Calvinistic, most aggressively so, (Interestingly, Michael Hyatt is Eastern Orthodox (of the Antiochian Sea) which is fascinating. Scot McKnight is hard to categorize, but not Reformed. Now why is it so hard to categorize someone who [Read More…]

Ignobel Prizes

Scientific American posts its IgNobels … and you can click through to see the rest. And such prizes they are. As master of ceremonies and organizer of the IgNobels, Marc Abrahams, famously says at the end of each ceremony: “If you didn’t win an IgNobel prize this year – but especially if you did – better [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever [Read More…]

Bad Day? Think about this

From Mindblowing Facts twitter feed: If anyone is having a bad day, remember that today in 1976 Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake in Apple for $801. Now its worth $58,065,210,000. [Read more…]