Who Do You Think You Are?

This is about one of the most important books anyone who teaches or preaches the Bible should read. We Protestants teach everyone this: You must read the Bible for yourself. Of course, we don’t want those “you”s to get too clever and start saying things that aren’t there, but there is a lot in this teaching we [Read More…]

Almighty and Everlasting God

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for [Read More…]

Willow Creek Goes Jesus Creed!

Robert McCoppin: As an antidote to the nastiness of the presidential election, a prominent local church is trying to instill a bit of the sacred in a profane campaign. On Monday, some commuters in Chicago will be greeted on their way to work with the message, “Love Everyone, Always.” The Biblically inspired admonition will appear [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 15 October 2016

We begin, acknowledging as I always could do Kris’ constant sending me of possible links for Meanderings, with Naomi Krueger: Bragging about or joking about degrading women is serious business. Words are never “just words.” They are rooted in violent, deep-seated beliefs about women’s worth. Words shape the way we think. The way we think [Read More…]

Preachers Temptations: A Pipe or a Tree?

By John Frye I heard an illustration when I was in seminary from Dr. Howard Hendricks. He said that when water flows through a pipe, the pipe is not affected. There’s no change in the pipe. However, when water works its way through the fine vessels of a tree, the tree grows and produces good [Read More…]

Election Revelations

This election season has been nothing less than a colossal — call it apocalyptic — revelation. How so? I wonder if these patterns are characteristic of the United Kingdom and Continental European countries as well? The church now has a profile for its mission: these divisions can be addressed in creative ways by the church. [Read More…]

BE the Better Place

In his exceptional new study, Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church, John Nugent speaks of God’s design as the “better place.” Nugent’s approach is a full biblical narrative of the new heavens and the new earth (the final Better Place) and in a series of post we have examined almost all of [Read More…]

Our Sexual Witness, by Sara Barton

By Sara Barton. Sara is the University Chaplain at Pepperdine University, where she pastors, preaches, and leads a delightful and capable staff of ministers. She and her husband, John, live in an empty nest these days while their daughter Brynn is a college student and their son Nate is newly married to Falon. Sara’s book, [Read More…]

Word by Word: Creating and Destroying the World

By Leslie Leyland Fields This is not the worst lie I ever told, but it’s the most memorable. I had just turned twelve. I was going to a movie theatre with my best friend. I had only been to two other movies in my life, so this was a big deal. And it was costing [Read More…]

Wisdom for the Preacher

Michael Peppard: Lots to discuss here. (1) Is Peppard’s analysis true? (2) Are preachers too insensitive to the realities of the congregation? (3) Do people choose churches on the basis of the preaching? (4) What do you think of sticking to one text in Scripture?  From the pew, here’s what I want to yell at [Read More…]