Incomparable Shirt

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Tullian and American Evangelicalism’s Biggest Challenge

Source: (Straight from the heart of James Kennedy’s turf.) Over the last 30 years, the Religious Right has replaced Christianity’s foremost message of the Gospel with that of a political movement, argued the current pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. “We’re well known for saying things, ‘We exist to reclaim America for Jesus,’ and stuff [Read More...]

The Church in the Middle East Dwindles

An increase in persecution: In one city, the population of Christians has gone from 100,000 to about 200. (Reuters) – Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq’s dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul. [Read More...]

Almighty God…

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who [Read More...]

Women Bishops in the Church of England

This week the Church of England decided that women could not only be priests but also bishops. The Church of Uganda has supported this decision, as seen here: Stanley Ntagali The Primate of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Kampala, has released a statement welcoming Monday’s vote by the General Synod of the [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 19 July 2014

Our week in Oxford included a number of connections to CS Lewis, including a fine talk by Alister McGrath who quoted (as he is wont to do) Lewis a number of times. But the highlight was a stroll Kris and I took on the grounds of Magdalen College on Addison’s trail, where Tolkien and Dyson [Read More...]

The Pastoral Challenges of the Family

I am grateful the Vatican has chosen a General Assembly to expound a Christian theology of family in the context of evangelism. I have clipped the opening paragraph to the document (only a working paper called Instrumentum laboris) and then the outline. The Catholic Church’s document on social work remains the finest study ever, and I suspect next [Read More...]

Churches and the Family

From First Things, an interview with W. Bradford Wilcox: What can churches do to bridge the growing class divide in American family life? My argument to the bishops was three-fold. I suggested that 1) Churches need to be a voice for economic justice for lower-income families by, for instance, advocating for more generous child and [Read More...]

But Did Jesus Really Mean It? (John Frye)

Love Your Enemies “To love enemies breaks through the self barrier into divine space,” writes Scot McKnight in his SGBC: Sermon on the Mount (144). We have come to the last pericope in Matthew 5: verses 43-48 titled in the NIV “Love for Enemies.” Jesus steps into the “love your neighbor/hate your enemy” Jewish world [Read More...]

I Love the Bible: He

The “he” section of Psalm 119 (vv. 33-40) notably puts the psalmist in the posture of learning. The verbs are so clear in this psalm: Teach me (v. 33) Give me understanding (v. 34) Direct me (v. 35) Turn my heart (v. 36) Turn my eyes (v. 37) Like the posture of Mary before Jesus, who sat [Read More...]