From the Shepherd’s Nook: John Frye

Pastors, I’m Just Saying, by John Frye If I take a dry, yellow sponge and dip it in water tinted with blue food coloring, the sponge will emerge the color of pale green. The sponge is no longer yellow and it is not completely blue. Yet, the sponge has changed. The USAmerican evangelical church has [Read More...]

The Reality of the Resurrection (RJS)

One of the biggest hurdles to orthodox Christian belief in our world today is affirmation of the bodily resurrection of Jesus as historical reality. After all we know better than this. Isn’t it a much more reasonable and enlightened approach to realize that the empty tomb is a myth – and the resurrection appearances hallucination, [Read More...]

The Gospel: David Fitch and I

We are not discussing gospel today just because someone says we should. There is a widespread conviction that what many understand the gospel to be is not what the gospel is — in other words, many think we have to begin all over again and construct our theology and our praxis on the basis of [Read More...]

The (True?) Story of the Cross (RJS)

Holy Week culminating in Easter Sunday is the pivotal week and powerful week in the Christian calendar because it remembers and celebrates the central events in the Christian story- crucifixion and resurrection. The next two chapters of Tim Keller’s book €™ The Reason for God focus on these two events – crucifixion (Ch. 12) and [Read More...]

Gospel or Religion? (RJS)

If the problem is Sin — and Sin is failure to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength — what is the solution? The last four chapters of Tim Keller’s€™ The Reason for God deal with Christian doctrine. This is€“ [Read More...]

Best to Listen to Paul

One hundred years ago Roland Allen wrote a book that shaped the last century of missionary thinking and missionary praxis. Former missionary, Roland Allen, laid much of it out in a book called Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? Missions today is not what missions was then, and the confidence in Western Christians in their missionary [Read More...]

Threshold Evangelism

Below is the outline I used, or most of the outline, in my opening session at the Mars Hill Youth Workers Collaborative, hosted at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids and facilitated professionally by Steve Argue. This session develops ideas into a new area that are found in my King Jesus Gospel. Where are you seeing “threshold” [Read More...]

Elephant in the Room: Gospel

From Krish Kandiah, wow — wish I could have been there: When it comes to talking about the re-evangelisation of the West, the elephant in the room is the question: ‘What is the gospel?’ There are all sorts of tribes and divisions within the evangelical community and sadly this means we sometimes grab hold of [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Matt Chandler

This review comes to us from Mark Stevens, our friend down in Adelaide who blogs at The Parson’s Patch, and he explains the context for this review. Before I begin my review of Matt Chandler’s new book “The Explicit Gospel” I have to confess a few things. Firstly, earlier this year I read Scot’s book [Read More...]

The Greatest Drama Ever Staged (RJS)

A couple of weeks ago I posted from Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World, a selection of essays by Dorothy Sayers, unfortunately out of print now (but also available under the title The Whimsical Christian: 18 Essays I believe). This is a volume well worth coming back to – and I will.  Sayers deserves a [Read More...]


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