Archives for February 2014

The President’s Speech

From CNN: Kris and I appreciated these words, and I wonder what you are thinking. (CNN) – The President has a message for young minority men who grew up like he did. “No excuses. Government, and private sector, and philanthropy, and all the faith communities, we all have a responsibility to help provide you the tools [Read More…]

Glittering Vices

John Frye has written this post. Glittering Vices Part 1  We all need help with the seven deadly sins. Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College. She has written a very readable, riveting, popular book about the seven deadly sins (capital vices) titled Glittering Vices: The Seven [Read More…]

Dinosaur Pet Guide

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Death Before the Fall (RJS)

I recently received a copy of a new book Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering by Ronald Osborn courtesy of the publisher (IVP). This is not your typical coffee table book, although the imagery with which Osborn starts, Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, would fit right in … aside that [Read More…]

King Jesus Gospel: Dogs love it!

A friend sent me a picture of my The King Jesus Gospel, which his dog just loved! [Read more…]

5 Illustrations that Need to End

Sammy Rhodes: What would you add? (Starfish?) Illustrations are tricky. Charles Spurgeon said illustrations are like windows in a house. Too many and you’re left with no substance. Too few and you’re left with no light. If you’ve been around church for very long, you’ve probably heard a lot of them, some more than once. [Read More…]

The Church I can’t Choose

This post is by Sean Palmer. “You have to be $^$*%^*^* kidding me,” were the first words that came to mind. Six years ago I went to a denominational gathering. When I left my house, I’d been serving my current church almost 10 years. Two days after I came home, I was fired. They called [Read More…]

Anti-Institutional Church?

So, what does it mean when someone says they are “anti Institutional church”? Frankly, I don’t know. We first have to describe an answer to this question, What is “institution”? before we can answer this one, What is “anti” institutional church? First, it appears to me that what most folks do is swap one kind [Read More…]

Small Church Pastors and Bullying

Source: Karl Vaters There are some bullies in church leadership. No, not all of them. Not even most of them. But there are too many of them. I doubt even one of the bullies realizes it. But they’re bullies, just the same. Yes, that’s a strong accusation to make. I haven’t written it lightly. It’s the [Read More…]

Start With Isaiah (RJS)

Last Tuesday I put up a post addressing the supposed revelation that camels in Genesis prove scripture wrong (The Mighty Mysterious Camel). Headlines include such memorable tags as “the camel that broke the bible’s back.” Despite the claims made in many of the media reports the late date for domestication of camels and the challenge [Read More…]