The Secret to the Good Sermon

By John Frye: Preaching and Love Seared into my memory is a bad sermon I heard once. I cannot get past the glaring contradiction of the communicator’s words and his facial expression and hand gesture. I see a man shaking his fist at the congregation, speaking through gritted teeth and with red-faced anger, bellowing, “God loves [Read More…]

Change One Word

Nicholas Kristof essayed in the NYTimes that universities are not only havens for progressive and liberal thought but also places that alienate conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, and there is a hiring and empowering bias against conservatives, evangelicals, republicans, and Christians. In the following excerpt from Neil Gross we see his response to an interview question — [Read More…]

Rio and Zika

Harvard: Which leads to a simple question: But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now?  Of course not: mass migration into the heart of an outbreak is a public health no-brainer.  And given the choice between accelerating a dangerous new disease or not—for it is [Read More…]

Mary and Me and Complementarianism (by Ruth Tucker)

Mary and Me On May 4, 2016, Mary Kassian published a review of my book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife. Her review was in many ways similar to reviews of others who hold fast to the doctrine of male headship. The final paragraph, however, was somewhat curious, unlike anything I have ever [Read More…]

Share some good Stories

By Jovan Barrington Share Good Stories – A Better Way to Inspire “If we don’t have good stories then what are we doing here?” This is the mantra we use as a church staff to open up each of our staff meetings. We are inspired by good stories and we all want to be a [Read More…]

The Gospel as Story

From Josh Butler, The Pursuing God. A beautiful re-presentation of the gospel’s saving narrative. Please pass this on. I once had a vision of an artist painting a masterpiece. With lavish brushstrokes and bold strikes, he threw splashes of rich, beautiful color, pouring himself into his painting with passion on a large, wall-sized canvas bordered by [Read More…]

Leaders: Power or the Cross?

Stacy Rinehart, author of Upside Down, observed that “there is an epidemic of power leadership loose in churches and ministry organizations today. Power leaders are so common that we’ve lost our immunity to this style of leadership.” This quotation comes from one of my favorite “leaders,” Kent Keith, president of PacRim University in Honolulu and author of The [Read More…]

Reversing Diabetes Type 2?

Source: For the past five years the media has been speculating about whether a very low-calorie diet, pursued for a limited time, can ‘reset the clock’ for many type 2 diabetics, following a study on 11 diabetic patients in 2011. The initial results were promising, but were based on a very small sample. A slightly [Read More…]

Gospel vs. Caricature

He’s done it again. Josh Butler has a second book: The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying to Bring Us Home. This book, Pursuing God, is nothing less than an explanation of the gospel of God’s pursuing love against the all-too-common caricatures that both turn some folks off to the faith and are preached by some [Read More…]

Reclaiming our Jewishness

In his essay on the “Three Paths to Salvation of Paul the Jews,” in Paul the Jew, Gabriele Boccaccini contends the Lutheran Paul was successfully challenged by the new perspective but the new perspective did not escape the charge of supersessionism, and so in its place he proposes a Radical New Perspective. Here are his [Read More…]