Farewelling Well

Farewelling well By Michelle Van Loon www.MichelleVanLoon.com and www.MomentsAndDays.org Many Evangelicals were shocked to hear that one of their own, broadcaster Hank Hanegraff, host of The Bible Answer Man syndicated radio program, had joined the Orthodox Church. Hanegraff’s faith shift is another account of a former Evangelical moving to a different stream of the Church. When [Read More…]

Ancient Statues in Living Colors

Sarah Bond: Although we often romanticize the bare marble of ancient sculpture today, most of these specimens were in fact painted in bright shades of blue, red, yellow, brown and many other hues. Over the past few decades, scientists have worked diligently to study the often-minute traces of paint, inlay and gold leaf used on ancient statues and to [Read More…]

Competition for the Kingdom

One of the things that distresses me in my ministry is when I encounter clergy and laity who think their congregation is competing for members with other churches in the community. [Read more…]

How did the Early Church Read the Bible?

Here’s the big picture: Those educated today in typical schools learn to think in what is called the historical-critical method. That is, students in theology and Bible are taught to think like a historian, to think critically over against the received traditions, and to base their theology on the evidence (the Bible). The goal, then, [Read More…]

Prayer for the Third Sunday after Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Things Women Should Hear (Today)

Somehow, someway, affirm women today, pastor. From the pulpit. Here’s a post from Becky Castle Miller on Things Women Need to be Hearing in Church. Last week, Scot shared a post from Arise about the hashtag conversation around Sarah Bessey’s #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. (Link: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2017/04/21/things-christian-women-hear-women/) The Twitter conversation generated much conversation in the Christian blogosphere and publishing [Read More…]

From Ephesus to Rhodes

Kris and I greet you with a hearty “Kalimera” this Sunday morning from the northern tip of the island of Rhodes where we are staying in Rhodes Town (“Rodos” on the map). Kos is on map too. Rhodes was brief stop of Paul’s on his way to Jerusalem with the collection for the saints. Acts [Read More…]

The Irony of APEST? Focus on the Leaders

By Bob Robinson There is an irony that might be missed by those who have embraced the APEST typology advocated by Alan Hirsch, Mike Breen, and others in the Missional Movement. In our desire to overcome an overbearing leadership structure that was found in putting so much power in the Shepherd-Teacher, we are in danger [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 29 April 2017

Unfortunately, this has become far too often the experience of coaches (and I coached HS basketball for ten years — sophomore level): A Michigan high school basketball coach, who earlier this year was named best coach in his class, has resigned. And he calls parents the No. 1 reason for his departure…. Here are Castor’s [Read More…]

Get Out More

By John Frye Get Out More The problems of the Jewish church of Jerusalem with the various Gentile churches blossoming under Paul’s ministry tell me that the Jewish believers needed to get out more. Travel is a wonderful benefit to seeing the robust power of the gospel at work. Paul, once immeshed in Judaism, was [Read More…]