Archives for May 2013

Getting Jesus Right

People make the goofiest claims about Jesus and often they do so in trying to saying something important. It is important for pastors — though not just pastors — to revisit early Christian heresies in 2-3 years. They are easy to forget but they are far more present among Christians than many recognize. Not long [Read More…]

Caffeine — Too much

From BBC News: US officials are investigating the safety of caffeine in snacks and energy drinks, worried about the “cumulative impact” of the stimulant – which is added to a growing number of products. Is our tea and coffee-fuelled society too dependent on the world’s favourite drug? The bubbling kettle, the aroma from the mug, [Read More…]

Atheist to Christian

Megan Hodder: Last Easter, when I was just beginning to explore the possibility that, despite what I had previously believed and been brought up to believe, there might be something to the Catholic faith, I read Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel. One passage in particular struck me. Talking of the New Testament miracles and [Read More…]

Congratulations Graduates (RJS)

A few months less than four years ago I wrote about taking my daughter off to college: Missional Campus Ministry 4. Coming full circle, this last weekend we attended her graduation – a great experience celebrating the achievements of the students. Because we live some 600+ miles away we haven’t gotten to visit the campus [Read More…]

40+ and the Local Church

Michelle van Loon carried out an extensive study, though not scientific, of the church attendance of 40+ folks, and his post draws from her last two posts (here and here): I’ve received more than 400 responses to date from those over 40 when I queried them about their relationship with the local church, I saw a [Read More…]

Time Waster Infograph

Click image to see a larger versionBiggest Workplace Time Wasters via Yast [Read more…]

Suburbia is for Christians, too

From Andrea Palpant Dilley: Exceptional! I have the same response to the New Radical movement, led by David Platt and other pastors, which rallies western Christians to leave behind the ease of 21st-century living and return to the iconoclast vision of the early church. (See Christianity Today‘sHere Come the Radicals). The New Radicals mean no harm. [Read More…]

Memorial Day Prayer for Peace

This is Mother Theresa’s version of the “St Francis” Prayer, and it can guide us as we remember those who have lost their lives in service to their country: Make us worthy Lord to serve our fellow men throughout the world, who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this [Read More…]

20th Century’s Great Theologian: Barth

There is, so far as I can tell, no theologian living today of the magnitude that Karl Barth was in the 20th Century. Someone today will perhaps become that person. When theologians write today they write after or alongside Karl Barth, Switzerland’s embattled but relentless theologian (1886-1968). The biography of Barth is written by Eberhard [Read More…]

To Disrupt Us

Ed goes to the heart of it: Avoiding the hard passages of the Bible altered my understanding of God and didn’t prepare me for the complications of life. If all we have is an easily understood, easily explained, neat and tidy Bible, then it’s not much good in a world that is confusing, mysterious, and [Read More…]