Lies Christians Tell (Tony Kriz)

By Tony Kriz, from Portland (woohoo), From CT:I want to encourage an exhale of peace and freedom here. I am going to take a few minutes to simply start the conversation. Here is a short list, in no particular order, of seven of the ways that I am aware that I and others have lied (and still do) when we practice cross-spiritual communication. I hope that you will add your own thoughts in the comments below. Maybe we will get to share a classroom of epiphanies together right here in Leadership … [Read More...]

O God, whose glory it is…

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy:Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways,and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faithto embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son;who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.Amen. … [Read More...]


Weekly Meanderings, 28 February 2015

I'm in Portland today speaking at the ReGeneration conference with my good friend Dan Kimball.Murray Watson's helpful perspective on how major religions read their own "texts of terror":In a column for Salon earlier this month, “Faith-fueled forces of hatred: Obama’s religion speech was troubling — but not for the reasons the right alleges,” Jeffrey Tayler suggested that the real problem with the religious extremism which increasingly confronts us lies deeper than merely the heinous actio … [Read More...]

The Zealot’s Way (by John Frye)

The Zealot’s WaySome medications come in a gel capsule. The advantage is that the medicine inside is released into the body gradually. This is important if the medicine is very potent. “Time released capsules” is the mantra. Truth is very potent and sometimes quite hard to take. The gel capsule o … [Read More...]

Thoughts on Spiritual Formation

Let us say you think Christians ought to progress in some ways toward a deeper spiritual maturity over time. Let us agree that in general we can gain a good glimpse of what maturity looks like. Let us then also agree that we can work toward developing a plan for each of us to become more spiritually … [Read More...]

It’s About God and God’s Kingdom (RJS)

The second essay in N. T. Wright's book Surprised by Scripture addresses the question Do We Need a Historical Adam?  Wright accepts a historical Adam and Eve as a representative pair chosen by God, much as God later chose Abraham and Israel.  The need for a historical Adam is much the same as the n … [Read More...]

The Church’s Struggle with Utopia

It is not uncommon to read someone poke the church but no one pokes the kingdom. (There's a story in that observation that can't be engaged in this post but I discuss how to compare the two in Kingdom Conspiracy.) More often than not people poke the church because they have an eye (or two) on the … [Read More...]

Andy Stanley’s Temple Model

Amy Jacobs:For the past few weeks, [Andy] Stanley has been exhorting Christians to ditch their traditional "temple model" ways and go back to the one command Jesus prioritized — to love your neighbor as yourself. The "temple model," as defined by Stanley, "grants extraordinary power to sacred m … [Read More...]

A Christian Kind of Call to Action (by Jonathan Storment)

Like many of you I’ve had a dull ache in the pit of my stomach since last week’s video was released of ISIS beheading 21 Coptic Christians as a symbolic way of spreading terror.I’ve spent some time in Egypt with Coptic Christians before and wrote some last week about my experiences with them and … [Read More...]

A Teacher’s Story (by Cheryl Arnold)

As many of you know, my daughter, Laura, and I published a book together late last year -- Sharing God's Love: The Jesus Creed for Children. It is our hope that the children's version of The Jesus Creed will assist parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, as they guide children into loving … [Read More...]

Afterlife and Hope in the Old Testament (RJS)

Any discussion of Christian hope must look carefully at Scripture, both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  The next section of John Polkinghorne's book The God of Hope and the End of the World turns to Scripture beginning with the Old Testament and the views of life, death, hope, and the … [Read More...]

Fresh Air for Every Day

This is what Eugene Peterson says about Jack Levison's new book, 40 Days with the Holy Spirit: Jack Levison studies, meditates, prays, and writes of the place of the Holy Spirit in our lives with more skill and understanding than anyone I know. His latest book, 40 Days with the Holy Spirit, is … [Read More...]

St Johns Lutheran Bloomington

More than ten years ago I wrote The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. Then along followed 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, which extended the Jesus Creed into other portions of the New Testament, then came a DVD and then The Jesus Creed for Students and then Sharing God's Love.The idea of th … [Read More...]

Rural Churches in England

Ysenda Maxtone Graham:Excellent read about the struggle to keep rural English churches on their feet. Some of the longest job descriptions belong to rural Church of England clergy. ‘So what do you do?’ ‘I’m the Rector of Aldwincle, Clopton, Pilton, Stoke Doyle, Thorpe Achurch, Titchmarsh and Wad … [Read More...]

Is God Timeless?

Roger Olson, at the link here, opens up a good conversation on whether God is himself timeless:In my immediately preceding post I argued that far too much Christian theology includes unwarranted speculation—especially about God. Under pressure from Greek ontology traditional, “classical theism” h … [Read More...]

A Robust Kingdom

The most annoying response I have received from others about my Kingdom Conspiracy book is this one: "I see what you are saying, but I'm Kuyperian or I'm a skinny jeans person or I'm a liberation theologian or I'm Niebuhrian." OK, each of those is located in the history of interpreting the kingdom bu … [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan:Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations;and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us,let each one find you mighty to save;through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,who lives and … [Read More...]