The Bible’s Special Word about Singleness

In his opening editorial to Mutuality [Autumn 2014, p. 3], Tim Kruger cites this set of lines from the apostle Paul about singleness: I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this [Read More...]

If They Ask for My Sermons, I’ll Give Them All to Them (Allan Bevere)

From my friend, Allan Bevere: In an unprecedented move, the city government of Houston, Texas has subpoenaed sermons preached by some pastors in Houston who have spoken out publicly against a recently passed city ordinance on equal rights. Sarah Pulliam Bailey for the Religion News Service writes: City attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case’s discovery [Read More...]

Where is the kingdom?

D. Bonhoeffer, Christmas Night sermon, 25 December 1940 (DBW 16.616). It is no longer a worldly throne and kingdom as it once was but a spiritual throne and kingdom. Where are Jesus’ throne and kingdom? They are where he himself is present, reigns, and governs with his word and sacrament, in the church, in the [Read More...]

What’s Coming for the Church? This, for sure

Bob Smietana: For a look at the future of the church in America, it’s time for pastors to go back to school. Not to seminary—but to their local public schools. More than half the students (50.3 percent) nationwide are ethnic minorities, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That’s up from 37 percent in 1997, [Read More...]

Which Topic Draws the Least Discussion on this Blog?

Race. If you are tempted to move to another post or website because of that first word, you need this post. I once convinced Oxford University Press to send me six copies of J. Kameron Carter’s powerful book Race: A Theological Account. I asked a variety of scholars to review the book chapter by chapter, and [Read More...]

Has the Church been Secularized?

There is a theory, called the secularization theory, that says the church has gradually surrendered its heart and limbs to the public, to the state, to culture. The theory contends that modernity’s marches of rationality and science inevitably secularizes society and therefore the church falls in line. In an informed note in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s  Ethics [Read More...]

AlAnon, Sacraments, and the Church (by T)

AA, Sacraments and Ecclesiology (by T) This is the third post in our series looking at what the Church can learn from AA and 12 step groups generally. The first post looked at how appropriate the 12 steps are as a response to the King Jesus Gospel. The second post discussed how 12 step groups [Read More...]

Leave a Church You Love? (by Jarrod Robinson)

Why Would You Ever Leave a Church You Love? (by Jarrod Robinson, Southern Hills Church of Christ, Abilene) My family and I just left a church we loved with all our hearts. It has undoubtedly been one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever made. Nearly eight years ago my wife, Lauren, and I joined [Read More...]

Parachurch or the Church? And the Church? In the Church

Source: Peter Greer (@peterkgreer) is president and CEO of HOPE International. Chris Horst (@chrishorst) is the vice president of development at HOPE International. Together with the support of Anna Haggard, they coauthored Mission Drift and Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing. They wrote this essay with support from HOPE intern, Andrey Bobrovskiy. … For centuries, the local church [Read More...]

Pray for the Iraqi Christians Today

Source: Iraq’s Christians trace their history to the first century apostles Thomas and Thaddeus. Most are Chaldean Catholics, practicing an Eastern liturgy but recognizing the authority of the Vatican. Many Chaldeans still speak forms of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. But because of ISIS, which has now declared a “caliphate” in the region it [Read More...]