Illustrations from the Family: by PW

One topic of conversation in our ministry household has been the subject of sermon illustrations and where they come from. Both my spouse and I find that people love it when you use real situations from your life to connect the truth with their lives. Sometimes simple things like the grocery checkout line, the traffic, [Read More…]

Anabaptism: Where to go?

I’ve mentioned on this blog the word “anabaptist” and that I consider myself an anabaptist in theological orientation. Usually someone writes me and asks this question: What’s an anabaptist? Well, I say, they are the third wave of the Reformation — first the Lutherans and then the Reformed and then the (full reformation! with the) [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week: Third Sunday of 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. [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings

Chicago is for Spring Bikers: David Opderbeck weighs in on faith and missional theology. Erika’s suggestive post is worth your reading. And Jason Clark announces a new missional D.Min. effort he will direct. David Dunbar’s new piece in Missional Journal is an excellent description of how to re-shape seminary in a missional direction (look at [Read More…]

What’s your favorite…

song by James Taylor?  I have a story to tell. When Luke was 13 we were playing a baseball tournament in St Louis. On one of our many trips in the elevator we got out on our floor and a friend said to me, “Did you know that man with us was James Taylor?” I [Read More…]

Youth Ministry and the Church: by Chris Folmsbee

Our friend Chris Folmsbee, a leader in youth ministry, offers us one more reflection on youth ministry today, and his topic — youth ministry and church — is as timely as it gets. Let’s think together today about the issue of how our youth are mentored into the church. I’ve been thinking a bunch lately [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends: Derek Leman

This week’s Friday is for Friends comes from Derek Leman, a messianic rabbi (or a messianic pastor for some of us). I am finding that his questions are haunting more and more of us these days, and I hope we have a good conversation about this today. They said to the mountains and to the [Read More…]

Once in a Lifetime Book

Every now and then, but not very often, someone writes a book that is a once-in-a-lifetime publication. Wow! Everett Ferguson has just given us an exhaustive study of baptism in the first five centuries: Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries . What are the most decisive arguments [Read More…]


May God be in our sleep; may Christ be in our dreams. May the Spirit be in our repose, in our thoughts, in our heart. In our soul always may the Sacred Three dwell. [Read more…]

The Origins Project

We now have a website for The Origins Project and we are keeping the name “The Origins Project.” Tool around our site and, if so moved, sign up for participation in what we believe can be a significant movement of God in the 21st Century. Check out this page too. We are a community of [Read More…]