Adult Baptism and Instruction (Michelle Van Loon)

By Michelle Van Loon and Is instruction in order to prepare for baptism a requirement in your church? If so, who is the focus on that process? If I’d been required to take a series of prep classes or undergo a formal catechism, I wouldn’t have been able to undergo baptism until I was [Read More…]

How about Your Workplace?

Tom Goodwin: Living in New York and working in advertising I rarely see people over the age of fifty. My elders seem to be a secret population — a growing, sizable, increasingly healthy and wealthy group — that I’m never exposed to, let alone have the pleasure of working alongside. This is one of the [Read More…]

Dangerous Gospel: Recognizing the Danger (Jonathan Storment)

For the next few weeks, I would like to do a series over one of the best books I read last year. It is an odd series to do because it is about a book that I first heard about on here, through Scot reviewing it. But I wanted to write about this book, because I thought it [Read More…]

The Soul of Evangelicalism: What Will Become of Us?

Not long ago I posted on the loss of the evangelical soul, a post in part stimulated by the tone of conversations I am witnessing on FB. Everybody’s a prophet these days and thinks so because, so they think, they are speaking truth to power. They’re not. They’re yelling in a barrel full of self-appointed [Read More…]

Congratulations to UConn

NPR by AP: Add 100 consecutive wins to the UConn Huskies’ long list of milestones. Given the team’s glitzier numbers linked to national championships, 11 titles and counting, it may seem ho-hum with no added significance. Geno Auriemma’s squad already owns the longest winning streak in Division I college basketball history. UConn beat its own [Read More…]

What Would Happen?

Steven McAlpine: At one stage [Imago Dei, the image of God] was the byword (words?) among missional groups and in every funky church planting book. The future of ministry was Imago Dei. We were all going to do mission that honoured the reality that all humans are made in the image of God. Something has derailed that and dumped [Read More…]

Apologetics in a Bible of Paradox

Apologetics in a postmodern world is looking less for historical proof, scientific demonstration, and systematic omniscience. Rather, it is looking for honest, open, and genuine probings that have less certitude while holding firm to belief in a good God who loves us but who has not created a world where everything ends up with happy [Read More…]

Billy Graham’s Political Lesson

From Matthew Milliner: Golf was a symbol of Graham’s amity with America. Indeed, Wacker claims that hundreds of photos of Graham enjoying high-profile, high-green-fee golfing events circulated in major magazines. But then, reports Wacker, something changed: The debacle of the Nixon presidency, which Graham had strongly supported, signaled a turning point, if not consistently in [Read More…]

Is Evangelicalism Entrepreneurial?

So says  Kenneth Woodward in his new book, Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama. Beginning with the occasionally-cited quip by Martin Marty — evangelicalism is “the religion you get when you get religion,” Woodward makes a case that evangelicalism is “essentially an entrepreneurial religion” (129). The [Read More…]