On Retirement

Retirement has become an entitlement to many in the West, and the sooner the better many believe.  Not all that long ago folks didn’t think like this, and only few could retire the way many do today.  For many, to retire means to cease working and to start living for fun and relaxation with very [Read More...]

iPad and Other E-Readers

I’m in search of some help. Kindle and Nook and other e-readers now have to compete with the iPad. While the percentage of books read in e-form is still quite low, somewhere about 5%, that number will probably increase.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of these devices when it comes to e-readers? [Read more...]

Christ and the Dragons 4

It struck me the other day, when walking from one room to another in my home, that James Emery White’s , in his new book ( Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges), is addressing largely the same questions that Brian McLaren is addressing in his newest book. White’s book represents an attempt to [Read More...]

Are Christians Really….?

I’ve got a new book sitting here that will be a dynamic book to read and blog about. It’s by one of my favorite bloggers who has written what I think is one of the most encouraging and myth-busting books of the last two decades. The book is by Bradley R.E. Wright, he’s a professor [Read More...]

Barna’s Newest Study: Who Participates?

A new study from the Barna Group explores the profile of Americans who actively participate in faith. The study examined various expressions of “group” faith, such as: church attendance, small groups, adult Sunday school programs, church volunteering, and house churches. (Definitions of each type of activity, including how the researchers distinguished between small groups and home / [Read More...]

Tradition, a post by “T”

“T,” one of our most faithful readers of this blog, has a set of questions about the value of “tradition” in the Christian church… and his appeal to the Wesleyan Quadrilateral is an excellent example of doing just what he is advocating. I’m thinking of how we evaluate such things as the style of music [Read More...]

Praying with the Psalms: Mike Cope

Mike Cope, one of the many fine preachers I’ve heard in my life, agreed to write a post about Lynn Anderson’s new, excellent book on prayer and the Psalms: Talking Back to God: Speaking Your Heart to God Through the Psalms . This book on the Psalms is a beautiful examination of an honest heart [Read More...]

Missional Ministries Resource

There is a widespread nervousness about evangelism: What is your church doing? Is your church broadening its sense of evangelism? Are all called to be evangelists? What book or resource is most helpful to you and in your setting? There is some good stuff going on about this new book by John Dickson, so I [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and [Read More...]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Wesley Vander Lugt

Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir Reviewed by Wesley Vander Lugt wsvanderlugt.wordpress.com It was hard to know what to expect from Stanley Hauerwas’s memoir, but I think I received more than I expected. If you are expecting Hauerwas’s own take on his work, you will not be disappointed. He identifies Naming the Silences as [Read More...]