Spurgeon’s Sorrows, by Zack Eswine

An interview by David G. Moore. I first encountered Zack Eswine’s work while reading his terrific article, “Listening for the Sound of Reality: The Melancholy of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Haddon Spurgeon.“  Years later, I read his wonderful book, Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being.  I don’t like the title much because [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 February 2015

Hani Abdel Messihah: (by Sophia Jones) Hani loved his four children — three girls and a boy, the youngest — more than anything in the world, his family says. He was gentle and kind, always making a joke whenever he could. His wife Magda Aziz, 29, will forever remember his laugh. “I felt like he [Read More...]

Wonder Bread (John Frye)

Wonder Bread, by John Frye We ended with the Lord’s Table. I was at a pastors’ and spouses’ retreat of our region of the Evangelical Covenant Church this past Fall. One of our sisters in Christ who is an ordained pastor was leading us at the Table. She was commenting on the bread. She said [Read More...]

Unsilencing Women of Color (Mariam Youssef)

From Arise, by Mariam Youssef is a community organizer for gender justice in Coptic-American communities. She is currently a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University in women’s studies in religion. Mariam also serves as the vice president of the Southern California chapter of The Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black, an organization that focuses on social [Read More...]

Peter Bergen is Right

CNN, by Peter Bergen: Already a predictable tsunami of nonsense has washed over us about the “root causes” of terrorism. We have heard from Obama administration officials and even the President himself that terrorism has something to do with lack of opportunities and poverty. Obama said on Wednesday that “we have to address grievances terrorists exploit, including [Read More...]

Apprentice Experience

The Apprentice Experience Dallas Willard and Richard Foster opened the door for more Christians to explore the deep teachings of Christian spirituality in the great traditions of the church. Many of us have walked through that door and are discovering new insights for spiritual formation. One of the more profound insights for me is an [Read More...]

Lenten Reflection (Josh Ross)

Lent, Dr. King, and the Uncertainty of Saturday I didn’t grow up in a faith tradition that celebrated Lent. All I knew about it was that I had a few friends in high school who would give up something they didn’t even like. Yet, knowing our wedding was coming up in May of 2002, Kayci [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday: here is the order for Ash Wednesday from The Book of Common Prayer. It is a time for confession of sin as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday and Easter, the days on which God removed sin and into which we live as we participate in Lent. I encourage you to fast today, [Read More...]

Not Your Typical Ash Wednesday, by Josh Patrick

Josh Patrick is the Teaching and Discipleship Pastor at Harpeth Christian Church in Franklin, TN. You can read more from Josh at www.KnowingJesusToday.com and follow him on Twitter, @Patrick_Josh. Ash Wednesday (or Not Your Typical Ash Wednesday or How to Make the Most of Lent) Hey there. My name is Josh Patrick. I’m a 36-year-old [Read More...]

Slanderous Accusations against Egalitarians

Not all egalitarians like the term “egalitarian.” I, for one, don’t. I like the term “mutualist” but it hasn’t caught on, and one reason it hasn’t caught on is because complementarians have politically, rhetorically and in some ways successfully slandered egalitarians by direct accusation or insination that they are liberals. This is slander in many [Read More...]