It’s American for our Politicians to Reference the Bible

Over the years I have been as pleased as annoyed when politicians — from Kennedy (my earliest memory of a president) to Trump (harumph) — quote the Bible or allude to the Bible or make use of the Bible when they are speaking. Daniel Dreisbach, in his new and very well researched book, Reading the Bible [Read More…]

Tiny Gospel: A Sampler

By John Frye In my past spiritual formation and in my current neck of the woods, the gospel was and is reduced to “Jesus died for your sins, simply receive him, and you’ll be forgiven and go to heaven when you die.” All these things are true, but none of them are the gospel as [Read More…]

Time as Christian Discipline

Formation results from practices, though not without attentiveness to the Spirit and the work of God’s grace in us. One of the practices Christians have learned is time — that is, Sunday and fast days and the church calendar. Hence, Andrew McGowan’s last chp in his exceptional book, Ancient Christian Worship, concerns time. He begins with [Read More…]

At the Center of Christian Worship?

We learn from early Christian worship, not simply because some want to “get back” or “retrieve” the origins but because the earliest churches put into play what was inevitable to put into play. They had to practices certain things because those where the practices that expressed their faith. One could say those practices were their faith. [Read More…]

Christians Influencing Society

Who did what? is one of those questions that social historians love to consider. For instance, who started hospitals? who started education? who focused on civil rights? who advocated for the education of women equal to men? Cases have been made for a variety of social goods as the result of Christians, Christian theology and [Read More…]

America’s Greatest Evangelist? Whitefield (with Thomas Kidd)

George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father?! Thomas Kidd is Professor of History at Baylor University.  Kidd is the author or editor of many works in the field of early American history.  His latest book, George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father framed this interview. The interview was conducted by David George Moore.  Dave blogs at [Read More…]

Making the Invisible Visible: The Test Question for Your Church

We tend to measure the “success” of a church by numbers. I propose in A Fellowship of Differents another way of measuring whether or not our church measures up to the kind of success that the Bible uses — The success of a church is first determined by how many invisible people become visible to those not [Read More…]

A New Perspective Anglican Ponders a Presbyterian’s Luther

This is not an April Fools day post. It’s a post appreciating the greatness of Martin Luther, with whom I’ve had my own struggles. I, of course, love his accomplishment in the Protestant Reformation, wish more would be made on the part of many in seeing how political that movement actually was, think his posing [Read More…]

What’s the “Old” Perspective on Paul?

I’ve not seen the old perspective on soteriology, as framed mostly through one reading of Paul, expressed any better than in Carl Trueman’s sketch of Luther’s theology at work in the Heidelberg Disputation (slightly reformatted): To get a fuller view of the old perspective than is found in what is quoted below one has to bring [Read More…]

The Church’s Struggle with Utopia

It is not uncommon to read someone poke the church but no one pokes the kingdom. (There’s a story in that observation that can’t be engaged in this post but I discuss how to compare the two in Kingdom Conspiracy.) More often than not people poke the church because they have an eye (or two) [Read More…]