In Defense of Andy

A blast from the past. Andy Stanley, in an interview with Ed Stetzer, was asked about “verse-by-verse” preaching. He called it “cheating” and … his response leaves me with a series of questions that still deserve discussion today: What did Ed mean by “verse-by-verse”? What did Andy understand by “verse-by-verse”? What relationship is there between [Read More...]

Pew Center’s Newest Study

Source: To be sure, the United States remains home to more Christians than any other country in the world, and a large majority of Americans – roughly seven-in-ten – continue to identify with some branch of the Christian faith.1 But the major new survey of more than 35,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that [Read More...]

What This Proves?

I’d say this establishes that the progressive/liberal wing is in the ascendancy in the media and in denunciations while the traditional/conservative may well be the majority? Andrew Wilson, on the recent elections in England: What is striking, however, is just how far this phenomenon extends. What confounded the pollsters was not the people who voted [Read More...]

Tom Oord: Evil and Big Questions, Like Evolution

Tom Oord: As I prepared for my presentation, I realized that engaging intellectually challenging questions requires courage and humility. Too often, Christians shrink from asking the hard questions and dealing with the realities of their possible answers. So they need the Spirit and community of faith to in-courage them. But Christians can be sometimes tempted [Read More...]

Jesus Appearing to Muslims in their Dreams (Jonathan Storment)

Christians are so hard to tolerate, I don’t know how Jesus does it. -Bono Sometimes I am embarrassed to say that I am a Christian.  I am not embarrassed of Jesus, I am embarrassed by his representatives.  I know this is a cliché, but there is a reason that it has been said so much, [Read More...]

Salvation as Process

From A Fellowship of Differents. Every fall the church I grew up in had a revival, a weeklong set of evening services designed to get our neighbors saved. In order to do so, we first had to invite them to church, which took more pluck than I usually had. When they got to our church [Read More...]

Hoodwinked into a Culture of Fear

Gareth Higgins: Our culture has been hoodwinked by the idea that we’re living in the center of crisis, when actually we’re in the midst of the evolution of hope. It is true that each killing is a universe of loss to the victim’s loved ones, and solidarity with the suffering of others is not only [Read More...]

Mother’s Day: Sensitive Thoughts (Michelle Van Loon)

Michelle Van Loon: This is hell week for those who are grieving the loss of a mother or child. Greeting card companies, florists, jewelers and kitsch vendors urge us to celebrate the mothers in our lives. School children across America are making crayoned cards to gift to their mamas this Sunday. Churches have mothers stand for a round [Read More...]

Moving Beyond the Problems

Kyle Roberts, a former professor at Bethel who has since left and is now teaching in other venues, has a post up on the Progressive Christians portal at Patheos about the problems with inerrancy. At one time this was called “deconstruction” though technically speaking this is not deconstruction. If you read the whole or Kyle’s [Read More...]

Seymour Hersh: Always Interesting, Never Totally Accurate

Seymour Hersh: It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American [Read More...]