The Big “You” and the Bible 2

Pastors, this one’s for you — non-pastors, this one’s also for you. Mark Powell’s book, What Do They Hear?, assumes a significant distinction between clergy and laity and, if you are in a reasonably traditional church, the assumption is a good one. Most importantly, Mark asks this question: How do clergy read a text when [Read More...]

The Big “You” and the Bible 1

We Protestants teach everyone this: You must read the Bible for yourself. Of course, we don’t want those “you”s to get too clever and start saying things that aren’t there, but there is a lot in this teaching we hold so dear. And that is why everyone who reads and teaches the Bible needs to [Read More...]

Doubting Pastors

It is not uncommon for me to get a letter from a leader or a pastor, and some of them are anonymous and some give me bogus names and some tell me their name honestly, in which the pastor explains to me that he or she is full of doubts about God, about Jesus Christ, [Read More...]

Driscoll responds

I was delighted to see that Mark Driscoll has publicly responded on his blog to recent concerns about his intent in his posts about Ted Haggard. I believe his letter clarifies his intent; and I applaud the rhetorical tone of his most recent post. Keep it up brother. [Read more...]

Loving the Difficult

Recently I received the following letter from a pastor; let’s all look this situation over, ponder it and pray over it, and think about what to do. Those of you who feel prompted, tell us what you think the pastor should do. I’ve edited slightly. [Read more...]

Ted Haggard and the Evangelical Environment

Most of us probably watched the gospel tragedy unfold this last weekend, and many of us considered whether or not the same could happen to us and to others we know. And we are all grieved, in the very grief God surely has, by the moral collapse and confession of Ted Haggard. What to do? [Read More...]

Preaching and Preachers

Who are your favorite preachers? When I was in college, I loved to hear a Baptist preacher from Lansing, MI, named Howard Sugden. In seminary the red-letter days in chapel for me were when John Stott showed up at TEDS to preach. [Read more...]

Youth Ministry: Where’s it going?

Marko has tagged me. He asks me to record some reflections on what youth ministry will be like in the next 50 years in light of the CT article. Of course, I don’t know what will happen — but, in light of how the world is changing, here are some thoughts: [Read more...]

To Single or Not to Single?

I had a fantastic conversation recently with Steve Burdan about singles, singles again, and the single lifestyle. He heads up a ministry with singles of all ages called Full Life Chicago. [Read more...]

Theocentric Church

Gene Appel preached last night about fear, and he explored that theme through Mark 4:35-41. In this passage Jesus is asleep in a boat while his disciples worry. Gene made plenty of connections to real-life experiences of fear, but what I most liked about this service is that it developed into overt praise for the [Read More...]