Give us grace, O Lord

Give us grace, O Lord, To answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, That we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and [Read More...]

Free Range Parents

From CNN: (CNN)It’s starting to feel a little bit like Groundhog Day when it comes to parents under attack for letting their children do things on their own. The latest case? A Silver Spring, Maryland, couple is facing a neglect investigation for letting their 10-year-old son and 6-1/2-year-old daughter walk home from a playground, about [Read More...]

Succession’s Special Problem (for some)

Ruth Gledhill: As the consecration of the first female bishop approaches, Christian Today has learned that at the consecration a few days later of traditionalist priest Father Philip North as Bishop of Burnley no bishop will lay hands on him who has previously laid hands on a woman bishop or priest. Normally at a consecration, [Read More...]

Calico Joe

Calico Joe: A Story of Reconciliation, by John Frye My wife, Julie, and I are John Grisham fans. We’ve read and are collectors of all his novels (except for the youth-oriented ones). Known mostly for his legal thrillers, Grisham does a change up once in a while and writes about sports. Playing for Pizza: A [Read More...]

Long Days, Tired Churchfolk (Donald Nwankwo)

Long Days and Tired Churchfolk: thoughts on dealing with spiritual weariness You could see Amber fighting back tears as she admitted, following some updates on her life in the past year: “I just feel caught between too many things. Life has been frantically intense, busy and just so crazy. And I have felt so far [Read More...]

Snipers and War

Karen Spears Zacharias, our friend: (CNN)“American Sniper” stormed the box office this past weekend with $105 million in ticket sales. Not since the Rambo movies have so many farmers and ranch hands buddy-upped to the popcorn counter. As much as I adore Bradley Cooper, I won’t be seeing the movie. I can’t see it. And my [Read More...]

Scientists, Celebrities, and Yahoos … Why Are We Here? (RJS)

The next chapter of Philip Yancey’s new book Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? makes a great followup to Tuesday’s post the “scientific” answer to the question “why are we here?”. Yancey addresses this question by illustrating several of the views running around in our society and contrasting them with a Christian [Read More...]

Good News: The Middle East

Richard Stearns: If  your impression of the Middle East comes only from the headlines, it might be easy to think it’s a place of social chaos. Uprisings here, violence there, civil strife everywhere. In just a few weeks, I’ll be going to Lebanon, a country of four million people and one million refugees. This is [Read More...]

Interview with N.T. Wright (by Jonathan Storment)

This past week I went with my friend Luke Norsworthy to interview N.T. Wright. Luke has a great podcast and two weeks ago he invited me to come along with him as he interviewed Dr. Wright about his new book “Simply Good News” and Luke gave me the opportunity to ask him some questions for [Read More...]

Not Benevolent, Warm, and Fuzzy (RJS)

The industrious ants store up food for the winter while the grasshopper sings the days away. Aesop’s fable of The Grasshopper and the Ants provides an ancient example of moral lessons derived from nature. Ants are always working and foraging for food. We would do well to emulate this industry. But can nature alone really [Read More...]