Church of the Redeemer: Thanks

As some of you know, my new book A Fellowship of Differents is dedicated to our local fellowship, the Church of the Redeemer, and our two leaders and their spouses (Jay and Susan Greener, Amanda Holm and Erik Rosengren), Today, after our worship time, Church of the Redeemer very generously provided copies of the book for [Read More...]

Secularization Theory Debunked

Sarah Pulliam Bailey: By 2050, the number of Muslims around the world will nearly equal the number of Christians. Pew projections suggest that Muslims will make up nearly one-third of the world’s population of about 9 billion people. “The culture of the West is going to become increasingly nonreligious at the same time the culture in [Read More...]

A Prayer for Nepal

Our merciful and listening Father, In whose Son’s cries in Gethsemane our intercessions come before you in full love, We join our concerns and compassions in your Son’s for those who have died, who are suffering, and who are tending those who suffer, And we pray for mercy and speedy relief; Who with you and [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week:

O God, Whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; Who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, One God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Revival Sermon Lines: Discuss

From Billy Sunday, who in a revival sermon used a long-listed set of terms for communism and its communist leaders they were seeing in proponents for labor unions: Billy Sunday claimed that “weasel-eyed, hog-jowled, good-for-nothing, God-forsaken, iniquitous, rapacious buffoons and charlatans, and mountebanks and poltroons and marplots and moral perverts” had deceived the working class. [Read More...]

Praying for Nepal

CNN: Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN)A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, toppling homes, temples and historic buildings and leaving at least 1,457 people dead, authorities said. Afterward, whole streets and squares in the nation’s capital and largest city were covered in rubble. The injured wound up [Read More...]

The Kingdom and Lipscomb

April 22 and 23 I was down at Lipscomb University at the sponsorship of Missio Alliance and Lipscomb’s fine Bible and theology department in the Hazelip School of Theology for an evening discussion of A Fellowship of Differents, and then a double morning session on Kingdom Conspiracy. The two sessions on the 23d featured a panel discussion with [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 25 April 2015

Men vs. women on friends or one friend, by A. Pawlowski: When things get tough, do you turn to your BFF or a coalition of buddies for emotional support? Making friends is a crucial part of the human experience, but just like many aspects of life, it turns out men and women have distinct preferences [Read More...]

What are “Vain Repetitions”? (John Frye)

Vain Repetition? Really? (by John Frye) When I was a new Christian I was immersed in a very conservative Bible-oriented church. Unfettered legalism was peddled as godliness. For example, we, as teens, weren’t allowed to drink soda from cans (bottles were being phased out for soda) because others might think we were drinking beer. Alcohol [Read More...]

Grace: Two Misunderstandings Reframed

Grace can be a word that tells the whole story of the gospel and the Christian faith; it can also be used to distort the whole story. Some people use the term “grace” to put the hammer down on people — something I call “grace grinding” — while others turn most everything into grace. [This [Read More...]