Did you see this? AN Wilson is a believer

AN Wilson, known to many as a religious skeptic and critic of the Christian faith, tells his story of faith in public. I hadn’t heard this before, and maybe I’m woefully outdated, but here it is. A week ago, there were Palm Sunday processions all over the world. Near my house in North London is [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 35

How we treat the poor is a barometer of our faith in the Glorious Jesus Christ. That’s what James says in James 2:1 and then he sketches a scene before our eyes: 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes [Read More…]

Deep Shift: Hell?

Here is a question from a reader… Scot (and the Jesus Creed Blog), What happens to our view of hell if we shift our understanding of “heaven” to the “new heavens and new earth” to the transformed earth? There’s been a stream of recent work re-picturing heaven, not as some postmortem location with harps and [Read More…]

Pastoral Theology: Where to go?

When it comes to pastoral theology, and to the local church kind of spiritual leadership, I look to others. Perhaps every denomination has its own favorite pastor-mentors, but a wise mentor and pastor who transcends denominations is Lynn Anderson. His two books on pastoral theology can only get the title if the pastor is wise [Read More…]

Christian Devotion: Where to go?

We get asked about books often, and it is not always easy to know where to begin. I once was asked about books on spiritual formation, and I just couldn’t keep it to one and before long I had mentioned about twenty classical books that have influenced the church when it comes to spirituality. My [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 34

Faith in Jesus Christ implicates a person in his way of life. Here is a sketch, a caricature that delves at the same time in the depths of the ordinary: James 2:2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. [Read More…]

Our Collective Faith 9

I find Donatism to be one of the most unknown and yet most pervasive of heresies at work in the church today, and yet we need to be careful once again. Why? In dismissing Donatism we may fall into a pitiable mistake. The editor of this book, Ben Quash (professor and canon theologian at Coventry [Read More…]

Rhythms of (a writing) Life

At Messiah College last week I was asked three different times this question: “How do you manage to get all the teaching, speaking and writing done?” OK, I’ve talked about this before, but I’d like to have a conversation about this again. Tell us, what works for you? First, our schedule now fits the pattern [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 33

We enter into a self-contained new section of James (James 2:1-13). This passage prompts James to to speak of the relationship of faith and works, and that section (2:14-26) is James’ most cited passage in the history of theological debates. Luther and Calvin both wrestled James to the ground to make sure he wasn’t saying [Read More…]

“I Believe!” (by PW)

Some days a pastor’s spouse is given privileged access to the faith of God’s people. I take seriously the mystery of walking among God’s people. One Easter, during the commotion of people entering and leaving the church, picking up their children, chatting with their acquaintances, etc., I greeted and met the eyes of someone. I could [Read More…]