Pastors and Suicide (by John Frye)

SMcK: I had lunch recently with a pastor who confessed to me that a few years ago he seriously contemplated suicide, so this post by John Frye struck a chord with me. A Pastor’s Suicide I have noticed in social media the sudden appearance of posts about pastors who commit suicide. These reports jolt me [Read More...]

Is the Lake of Fire Torture? Josh Butler

IS THE LAKE OF FIRE TORTURE? by Josh Butler, author of the just-out and excellent book, The Skeletons in God’s Closet. More about Josh below. Many a street preacher has used the “lake of fire,” an image in Revelation, to depict God as a sadistic torturer who likes to roast unrepentant rebels like kalua pigs [Read More...]

What’s Coming for the Church? This, for sure

Bob Smietana: For a look at the future of the church in America, it’s time for pastors to go back to school. Not to seminary—but to their local public schools. More than half the students (50.3 percent) nationwide are ethnic minorities, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That’s up from 37 percent in 1997, [Read More...]

Is Grace Vanishing? (RJS)

Philip Yancey has a new book coming out Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?. This book tackles a topic that is down to earth real in my world and makes an interesting complement to Tuesday’s post Coming Soon … “The Talk”?. In his NY Times opinion piece David Barash argues that science [Read More...]

Kingdom Then, Kingdom Now

If one keeps an ear close enough to the ground one might just hear a subtle shift at work in kingdom and heaven language. It works a bit like this: Heaven no longer matters that much but kingdom language is awesome. That language about the future kingdom has quietly become either a fictional, rhetorical utopia [Read More...]

The Vatican? My, my

Created by: Author: Robin Renford [Read more...]

Outside Christian Love (by Jonathan Storment)

This post is by Jonathan Storment, and you can pray for him and his family as they welcome a new baby! Congratulations! Outside Christian Love “In those days there was no king and everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” –the book of Judges “It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are [Read More...]

Thinking Ahead

Now that we are Anglicans we have become much more aware of the church calendar and, inasmuch as the good Rector Jay Greener and Curate Amanda Holm Rosengren invite me to join in on the teaching/preaching team, I have begun to think about how preaching over an entire year. I grew up in the kind [Read More...]

Obamacare and Your Doctor

Why do doctors not care for Obamacare? Sean Williams: According to a report released last month by the Physicians Foundation, which surveyed more than 20,000 physicians and is released every other year, just 25% of those surveyed would give the ACA an A or B grade, while 46% would give Obamacare a grade of D or F. [Read More...]

Coming Soon … “The Talk”? (RJS)

How do we prepare our people, young and old, for “The Talk”? There was an interesting opinion piece in the NY Times a week ago. David Barash, an evolutionary biologist and psychology professor at the University of Washington described how he gives “The Talk” to his undergraduate biology students: God, Darwin and My College Biology [Read More...]

Tim Keller on Prayer

Many, perhaps most, of us have a favorite book on prayer. Some would appeal to Augustine’s Confessions, others to Gregory of Nyssa or St Bonaventure or Teresa of Avila or to Luther or Calvin, or from our modern times Andrew Murray or A.W. Tozer or a manual like that of Donald Bloesch. What should be in [Read More...]

On Changing Your Habits

Joe Stych, where you can read the full article — a good example of a kind of virtue ethics: A great daily routine is the holy grail of productivity. But the building blocks for that routine, habits, are tough to start, and even harder to change. Whether you want to meditate more, drink more water, or floss more [Read More...]

A Critical Need in Every Church’s Ministries

Senior citizens do not have identical fellowship, worship and church expectations that young children have, and teenagers vary dramatically from what 20- or 30somethings expect of a church. As a result (good) churches are constantly listening to the various groups and adjusting ministries to the fellowship. Take youth ministries. Having taught at a college for [Read More...]

The Inhale-Exhale of the Faith

In the 80s and 90s more and more churches took on board “spiritual disciplines” and began to teach and develop programs about spiritual disciplines. The primary movers of this movement were Richard Foster (Celebration of Discipline) and Dallas Willard (The Spirit of the Disciplines).  Any number of books and programs flow from these two authors, [Read More...]

Crossing into Jordan (to Escape Persecution)

From CNN: Amman, Jordan (CNN) – They arrived at the church with only what they could carry: clothes, pictures and a few family heirlooms. It’s all that is left of a life before the Islamic State terror group swept into northern Iraq, giving the Christians of Qaraqosh and Mosul an ultimatum: Convert, leave or die. Most, like [Read More...]

Thanks to Aldersgate

Kris and I spent last weekend with the good folks at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA. We were pleased to return as we were there a few years ago with the Jesus Creed and were able to reconnect with many people, including Jason Micheli (whose sermons I often post on Sundays) and head [Read More...]

Banned Foods, an Infographic

Are you eating “food that’s already banned” in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website. [Read more...]