Let’s Hear it for a Fountain Pen!

At lunch Wednesday with two new and very enjoyable friends one observed my fountain pen, which he recognized as a Pelikan (which is immediate friendship for me), we had a few moments to share the feel of three nice pens. I could go on.. but won’t. I once heard that Biro has now accounted for [Read More…]

Why Women are Not Going to Church

Patricia Miller, with RD: What McClendon overlooks is that the years that women’s church attendance began to decline are the very years when religious leaders in the Catholic Church and the evangelical movement fused religion with the culture wars, with overall attendance for women taking it’s first steep drop in the 1980s. This drop in church attendance [Read More…]

And Abram Went (RJS)

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who [Read More…]

Post-Church Church Leaders

By Michelle Van Loon: What do these people have in common? The single woman in her mid-thirties with $40,000 worth of seminary debt now working as an office manager for a software vendor. The former youth pastor now installing replacement windows for a home-improvement company. The veteran minister with 20 years of pastoral experience now [Read More…]

Preaching and Memorial Day

By Jason Micheli Memorial Day Weekend is approaching. Memorial Day, though it’s not a Christian holy day and though we won’t change out the paramant colors to observe it, it’s a tricky time for preachers of the Gospel. It’s tricky not because the valor of the fallen lacks honor but because the story of America, particularly [Read More…]

Parable of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell

By Joe James My first post in this series was aimed at exposing an unnecessary divide in Christianity. I believe that the church cannot afford to adopt either a conservative or a progressive worldview. At the end of this series, I will propose a third way – the Table. But for now, let us examine [Read More…]

What is Your Story? (RJS)

I received a new book in the mail today How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science. In this book twenty-five Christians reflect on their journey to and around the intersection of evolution and Christian faith. The contributors come from a range of perspectives including pastors (e.g. John Ortberg, Daniel [Read More…]

Megachurch Liturgy as Commercial for Church

By Michelle Van Loon: The lights dim, and the band takes the stage.The worship leader welcomes the crowd with a boisterous “Hey, how’s everyone doin’? Great to see you all!” before the band slips into a booming, clever cover of a pop song, then segues into a couple of modern sing-a-long worship standards pulled right [Read More…]

Happiness is Serving

Tom Jacobs: The point has been made by everyone from neuroscientists to foul-mouthedsinging puppets: If you really want to be happy, set aside your own desires and help others. But do we really believe it, and do we, in fact, behave accordingly? If your answer is a sheepish “no,” you might want to consider the [Read More…]

Garrison Keillor Speaks Truth about Christian Branding

Branding is one of those terms that have crept up on us and caught us unawares and now it seems here to stay. Occasionally my publishers — never my editors — have spoken about “branding” me and it just seems so slimy to me. Faithfulness and wisdom and above all love are the virtues to [Read More…]