Wade Burleson Critiques Eternal Subordination

Wade Burleson — I’ve seen very few willing to state the matter so boldly and to point the finger not only at false thinking but also at the condition of marriages in the SBC: How can the divorce rate in every state in the union be declining while at the same time the Southern Baptist divorce rate is accelerating? [Read More...]

Behind the Amish and Charleston

You may well remember the images of the Amish after the senseless slaughter of the children at school — offering compassion to the shooter’s family and making it clear that they would not seek revenge. The same spirit of the Amish, which is the Spirit of Jesus, the cross, and the way of life of [Read More...]

Jeff Cook Asks Josh Packard 10 Questions

Dr. Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope unveil in their book Church Refugees what many have suspected for years: the most committed church attenders have begun leaving. After a year of qualitative research, Packard and Hope have produced a detailed study of “the Dones”, those who have self-selected out of church life. Below are some follow up questions [Read More...]

White Privilege and White Nationalism, Racism, and Charleston

There is a reason, perhaps less in importance but perhaps just as insidious, why Christian communities of faith need to stop in their tracks and post a new life-sign about the end of racism in the Church. That reason is the growing, venomous, and potentially culture-crushing development in the USA of White Nationalism. Perhaps you [Read More...]

All Who Hope Enter Here

The image by Brian Snyder, Reuters: [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day, a Prayer

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who places fathers in families: We commend to your continual care the homes in which fathers and families dwell. Put far from them, we pray, every root of bitterness, the desire of vainglory, and the pride of life. Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness. Knit together in [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

In the church calendar we are in “ordinary” time, and this is the prayer for today: 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 [Read More...]

Father’s Day: by Jason Micheli

By Jason Micheli: Gabriel– I discovered this photo the other night, scrolling through the computer and finding others like it that, having been snapped, disappeared into the cloud. Unseen by me. Or, the scab always tells the truth: I was too busy to notice. I cried big, eyelash-less tears when I double-clicked on it and [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 20 June 2015

Aloha from Honolulu! (Actually, we arrive home Saturday from two wonderful weeks of teaching at Pacific Rim Christian University.) In the middle of which we met many new friends, including Joe and Jennifer Jung — Joe is a real Hawaii Five-O part of the HPD and Jennifer works with immigration. They took us out for [Read More...]

Prayers for Charleston (ACNA)

To the Faithful across the Carolinas: Greetings to you in the matchless Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As the eyes of the nation turn toward Charleston we commend her to your prayers.  Our hearts are crushed by this violent act.  Our minds reel as we consider the pain of our brothers and [Read More...]

What if being fat is not sinful? (by John Frye)

What if being fat is not sinful? asks Prof. Rebecca DeYoung. In her book, Glittering Vices: The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies, DeYoung points out that gluttony in our culture is one of the most oversimplified and misunderstood vices.  Here we must emphasize that what makes gluttony a vice is that it is a [Read More...]

One Response to Charleston: By Allan Bevere

What to do? Should we arm the ushers? should we put metal detectors? should we restrict fellowship? Allan Bevere: Hospitality Can Be Dangerous and Even Deadly The shooting that occurred Wednesday night at an historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina has focused our attention, once again, on several issues– racism, mental health, and gun violence, [Read More...]

Nine Lives into Eternity’s Face

From AP: CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One was a longtime librarian looking forward to retirement. Another had recently graduated from college with a business degree. At least two died in the church that they had attended for decades. A closer look at some of the nine lives that were cut short by the gunman who [Read More...]

Clementa Pinckney, RIP

Clementa Pinckney, RIP: Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator and the pastor of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was fatally shot in a mass shooting at the church Wednesday night that left nine dead, NBC News reports.…   Pinckney, 41, and several others were shot at the historic black church by a white [Read More...]

Jesus is the Keystone (RJS)

Jesus is the Keystone of God’s plan to resolve disorder and perfect order, or so claims John Walton in the next chapter of his new book The Lost World of Adam and Eve. But Jesus is more than simply the solution to a problem. He resolves disorder introduced by sin, but his presence and participation [Read More...]

Our Prayers are with Charleston

We are saddened by the vicious killing of church folks at a historic African American church in Charleston SC. Our prayers are for the speedy discovery of the perpetrator, for consolation for those who are suffering, and justice in our country where racism continues to flow in spite of the great work of so many. [Read More...]

Ten Marks of a Kingdom-Shaped Church

The following post is my set of notes for a lecture I give that plays off of Jeff Foxworthy’s famous humorous introductory line, “You may be a redneck if…”. This post then is about “You may be a kingdom mission church if…” The lines are not expounded so there are just notes and lines about [Read More...]