How Much Social Capital do you have at Church? (by Michelle Van Loon)

By Michelle Van Loon: How do you spend your social capital in your church? Have you ever stopped to take stock of your relationships and influence? I’ve found few with positional or social authority in a church ever consider what they possess. Instead, we count what we lack. I’ve known pastors who believe they’re outsiders in their own [Read More...]

AP: The Last Word will not be Violence

AP: ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A pastor whose daughter survived last week’s deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that “violence will not have the last word” in this southern Oregon timber town. More than 100 people gathered to hear pastor Randy Scroggins speak at New Beginnings Church of God, including [Read More...]

Those Delicate Jets &#%%s!

Cindy Boren: Those New York Jets. They think of everything. Like hiring a sleep specialist in anticipation of their game Sunday in London. Jet lag wasn’t the only basic matter receiving attention, though. The Jets, informed that toilet paper in London was terribly thin, shipped 350 rolls of America’s finest ply-age across the pond, along [Read More...]

Von Trapp Family Singers Go Indie

Lavanya Ramanathan: The modern-day Trapp family singers were hanging out on the craggy patio of a D.C. cafe, each wearing some variation on skinny jeans, bangs and combat boots. Melanie, 25, had wrapped herself in a leopard-print trench coat, while Sofi, 27, was clad in a cropped red leather jacket. Amanda, 24, was in head-to-toe [Read More...]

The Number is Six

Mark Berman: During his visit to the United States last week, Pope Francis used an address before Congress — one of the most high-profile platforms from which the pope could speak to this country and its leaders — to call for an end to the death penalty. In the two weeks following the pope’s remarks, five states plan to execute [Read More...]

The Mission of Preaching

By Geoff Holsclaw, colleague at Northern Seminary. We don’t live in an oral culture. Not even a written culture. We live in a visual culture. So why preach from a text in an image driven culture? What good can a Sunday sermon have when everyone is bombarded by other messages all week long? What is preaching [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 3 Oct 2015

A must read: When the nation’s top nutrition panel released its latest dietary recommendations on Thursday, the group did something it had never done before: weigh in on whether people should be drinking coffee. What it had to say is pretty surprising. Not only can people stop worrying about whether drinking coffee is bad for them, according to the panel, [Read More...]

We are Feminine, but…. (Tara Beth Leach)

A clip from Tara Beth Leach’s post at Missio Alliance: We have short hair and we have long hair; dirt is under our fingernails from toiling under the sun just to make a living and our fingernails are nicely manicured with pink nail polish; we enjoy high tea and we sometimes enjoy a beer at the [Read More...]

Umpqua Tragedy

Before the victims are named the victims’ tragedies are known as well as the anguish of the families, the stun of students, teachers, staff and administration, and the shock to the community. Reports that the gunman demanded that students identified their religion and then shot those who said they were Christian chills us. Hate can’t [Read More...]

Sharing the Kingdom Task

By John Frye Have you ever had the experience of looking into a mirror when there was also a mirror behind you? What did you see? You saw yourself receding into an infinity of reduced reflections. If we imagined that the space was instead time, you could see yourself in the vast, expansive past. You [Read More...]