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 www.twocities.org. [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…]

South Carolina Anglicans

Source: A conservative breakaway Anglican diocese in the US has won a court battle to keep more than $500 million worth of church property. The Episcopal Church (TEC) has no claim on the property of the Diocese of South Carolina or its churches, according to Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein. She wrote in her decision [Read More…]

The Eight Themes of Liberation Theology

What is liberation theology? It is fair to follow that up with What kind of liberation theology? It is also fair to ask When was liberation theology? Let’s begin with this: modernity created an all-encompassing narrative rooted in social and economic realities that buttressed those in power with structures and ideologies that kept power in [Read More…]