Archives for Mar 25, 2013 @ 13:08

MOOCs: Progress Report

From Quartz: Online education has been around for a long time. But massive open online courses are finally making it respectable. Maybe even cool. Let’s not forget, though, that they are still experiments. And despite being “massively overhyped” (even in the eyes of their most dyed-in-the-wool supporters), they are not actually having a massive impact on students yet. [Read More…]

Rick Warren: Parachurch Orgs

From Rick Warren’s interview with CT: Pastors across the board seem much less influential in the larger culture than they were a generation ago. What happened? My generation fell in love with the parachurch. My generation and the generation before me built all the great parachurch organizations: Focus on the Family, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, [Read More…]

Roy Bourgeois: On RCC Ordaining Women

From NYTimes: AFTER serving as a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years, I was expelled from the priesthood last November because of my public support for the ordination of women. Catholic priests say that the call to be a priest comes from God. As a young priest, I began to ask myself and my fellow [Read More…]

The Mission of God

Undoubtedly one enduring term today is the word “missional.” What is “missional,” you ask? The answer often comes back with this: “It is to see ourselves in light of God’s mission, the missio Dei, in and for the world.” To me that is like answering this question — What is baseball? — with this answer: “It’s [Read More…]

On Preparing Sermons: Stott’s Wisdom

From Josh Harris, from John Stott (reduced for this site): Steps for Preparing a Sermon 1. Choose your text and meditate on it. – Read the text, re-read it, re-read it and read it again. 2. Ask questions of the text. – What does it mean? Or better yet, what did it mean when first [Read More…]