In a few of his many writings Roger Scruton wags his finger at the deconstructionists, and he’s concerned especially with Foucault and Rorty and in some measure Derrida. He calls the concern oikophobia. (See his A Political Philosophy or The Need for Nations.) Oikophobia is a Greek term, composed of house/household and fear, and the term is thus used to describe [Read More...]

A Confessing Church (by Jonathan Storment)

As readers of this blog know, Jonathan Storment and his buddies have a slot on Wednesdays. This week I’m honored that Jonathan has chosen to do some reflections on A Fellowship of Differents. One of the top five books over the past few years is, hands down, Scot McKnight’s A Fellowship of Differents.  It is [Read More...]

Jeff Cook Asks Josh Packard 10 Questions

Dr. Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope unveil in their book Church Refugees what many have suspected for years: the most committed church attenders have begun leaving. After a year of qualitative research, Packard and Hope have produced a detailed study of “the Dones”, those who have self-selected out of church life. Below are some follow up questions [Read More...]

Been Played?

John Blake: If a pastor or church leader has ever told you that the Bible commands Christians to tithe or give 10% of their income; hit you up for multiple offerings during one service; made you march up front to give; asked you to donate to a mysterious “building fund” or give a “first-fruit” offering; [Read More...]

A New Exodus Out of the American Church (by Jeff Cook)

Few books have disturbed me as much as Josh Packard’s Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People are Done with Church but not with Their Faith. Many of us have become familiar with the “Nones” (those who select “none” when asked their religious afflation) and their increase over the past 20 years. Packard describes a different, trending [Read More...]

Scribe or Prophet?

Marilynne Robinson’s gift must be the ability to think about the life of a pastor though she is neither a pastor nor the daughter of a pastor. But somehow she gets to the heart of so much of what pastoring is in her deft conversations between Ames and Boughton, especially in Gilead (p. 142 below [image]). This [Read More...]

Dealing with Church Disillusionments?

Are you perhaps disillusioned with the church? Erin Lane says disillusionment is a gift. Yes, that’s right. It’s a gift. From God. Or at least a gift we are given and are given a challenge to do something with it. Actually, she says disillusionment is the gift of being freed from illusions in her new book, Lessons [Read More...]

It Takes a Church to Educate a Christian

Here is a simple claim I make: everything we learn about the Christian life we learn in our church. That may turn some off, but hear me out: we are not alone in anything we do; we are in a context of others in what we learn; the “context” for Christian living is a church; therefore, [Read More...]

A Tossed Salad (RJS)

When I was growing up we had tossed salad with dinner quite often, especially during the summer. My dad would make the salad, with tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, and such, cut up small and tossed together, well mixed. When we had company he would also make the salad and the mixed up tossed together nature [Read More...]

Church-An Alternative Community (by Ray Miller)

This post comes from one of our DMin students @nseminary, Ray Miller, who blogs here. Ray offers here an alternative way of responding to those who confess their sins. Imagine a 10 second video changing the course of your life.  That’s what has happened to expelled OU student Levi Petit.  He was caught on tape [Read More...]