Today is the Day

The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible’s Truth about Life to Come is now available for purchase and shipping at your local bookstore and on the internet’s bookstores, like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In this book I offer a grounding of our hope in two major themes in the Bible: (1) God’s promise to make [Read More...]

Recovering Baptism, Changing Baptism

For those for whom it “does” the least, baptism is emphasized the most; for those for whom it “does” the most, it is emphasizes the least. That’s an overstatement: baptists don’t think baptism “does” much (it’s a symbol, not a sacrament; it’s real essence is faith that precedes the water) while infant baptizers think baptism [Read More...]

Sit, Stand, Walk

Sumathi Reddy: New research is helping medical experts devise formulas for how long a typical office worker should spend sitting and standing. Studies have found that sedentary behavior, including sitting for extended periods, increases the risk for developing dozens of chronic conditions, from cancer and diabetes to cardiovascular disease and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Some ergonomics [Read More...]

Pastors Need Collaboration (by Lauren Visser)

August was an exciting month for me.  For the first time, I preached five Sundays in a row!  I had prayed through the series for over a month, and I felt called to lead my congregation through the book of Ruth.  (For those who immediately know that Ruth only has four chapters, I split chapter [Read More...]

So Heavenly Minded, No Earthly Good

We perhaps all know the Type, the person who is so heavenly minded they are no earthly good. They don’t seem to care about injustice, they don’t seem to be bothered by tragedies, they are not moved by sex trafficking or AIDS or homelessness or … by anything but their own spiritual life, that of [Read More...]

How Much Social Capital do you have at Church? (by Michelle Van Loon)

By Michelle Van Loon: How do you spend your social capital in your church? Have you ever stopped to take stock of your relationships and influence? I’ve found few with positional or social authority in a church ever consider what they possess. Instead, we count what we lack. I’ve known pastors who believe they’re outsiders in their own [Read More...]

AP: The Last Word will not be Violence

AP: ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A pastor whose daughter survived last week’s deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that “violence will not have the last word” in this southern Oregon timber town. More than 100 people gathered to hear pastor Randy Scroggins speak at New Beginnings Church of God, including [Read More...]

Those Delicate Jets &#%%s!

Cindy Boren: Those New York Jets. They think of everything. Like hiring a sleep specialist in anticipation of their game Sunday in London. Jet lag wasn’t the only basic matter receiving attention, though. The Jets, informed that toilet paper in London was terribly thin, shipped 350 rolls of America’s finest ply-age across the pond, along [Read More...]

Von Trapp Family Singers Go Indie

Lavanya Ramanathan: The modern-day Trapp family singers were hanging out on the craggy patio of a D.C. cafe, each wearing some variation on skinny jeans, bangs and combat boots. Melanie, 25, had wrapped herself in a leopard-print trench coat, while Sofi, 27, was clad in a cropped red leather jacket. Amanda, 24, was in head-to-toe [Read More...]

St Francis Sunday

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, Grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world, that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one [Read More...]