Jesus Creed in Music

This summer we were at Aldersgate UMC in Alexandria Virginia and we were deeply honored to hear a musical rendition of the Jesus Creed. Andreas Barrett, who wrote the song and music, now has the piece available for free streaming and I hope you stop by to listen to it. I’ve been listening to it [Read More…]

Prayer of the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy [Read More…]

And Ardi was (maybe) Monogamous!

Did you see the new report about the piece in Science? Anyone read the article and have anything to add or say? Scientists in Ethiopia have found a 4.4 million year old human predecessor that promises to upend long-held notions of what the common ancestor of African apes and humans looked like, how it lived, [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

A baby rhino, rejected by its mom, finds zookeeper parents. Blogs… well, I’m near the end of what has been three very full weeks, and I’m hoping I can get posts up for next week — but here goes with our weekly edition of our weekly meanderings through the internet world. First, one of our [Read More…]

David Brooks: A Third Way Thinker

David Brooks, in his piece in the NYT, is right; genuine Republicans are not extreme. Real Democrats do not respond in kind. The world of political commentary needs more like David Brooks — intelligent, articulate, and wise. Political Third Way. I know of very few sensitive Americans who are not concerned about the impact of our [Read More…]

Rob Bell on “Evangelical”: Follow-up

Yesterday I posted a recent interview with Rob Bell about what an “evangelical” is, and I said I’d weigh in today. I don’t think Rob Bell has defined “evangelical” but given a set of statements that are true about the use of the term in the media (political conservatives, sometimes anti-intellectual) and that are reactive [Read More…]

God Hides in Plain Sight 1

Chris Armstrong finishes his book, Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future, with a chapter reflecting on how these saints — ten of them, some unknown and some unusual — can be of help to Christians today. What makes these stories, these biographies of use to us? His answer: [Read More…]

The Evangelical Flip and a Call for a Conference

Evangelical pastors have flipped in the last generation. 30-40 years ago what most incited excitement was a new book by the arch-pastor and expositor, John Stott, expositing a New Testament book or a J.I. Packer book on theology. Today’s evangelicals pastors are enamored with the latest book on leadership, like that morsel of an idea [Read More…]

Idols in the Church of America

This post concerns tonight’s Nightline show about the Ten Commandments. The second commandment concerns idol-making and idol-worshiping, and there are some things said here that are often enough missed. 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 36

One of the most notable features of “missional” work is the awkward, surprising works of providence — how God brings events and people into a moment where the work of God occurs. (Again, see: The Acts of the Apostles (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries) .) This is so powerful in Acts 10, and so I post [Read More…]

Bible and Authority Revisited (RJS)

A couple of weeks ago I had a brief post asking why the scientific theory of evolution was a challenge for faith, but a scientific theory explaining weather was not a problem. (See here for the post: God, Science, and Evolution (RJS)).  One of the comments on that post leads me to a new question [Read More…]

Deep Church as Third Way 8

Are there any new emerging proposals for preaching?  Jim Belcher, in Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional examines the theory of Doug Pagitt. (I blogged about that book with Doug when it came out, and since then I’ve done more thinking about his proposal.) The questions I have are these: Do you [Read More…]

Rob Bell on “Evangelical”

I want to post two answers Rob Bell gave to the Boston Globe where he defines evangelical. Tomorrow I want to discuss something about a trend I’ve observed about the word “evangelical.” What do you think of his definition? Q. What does it mean to you to be an evangelical? A. [Rob Bell] I take issue with [Read More…]

The Real Jesus Creed

Who wants to tell a story about the hardest (next-door) neighbor they’ve had to learn how to love? The practical reality is that it is much easier to want to love your neighbor than to love your neighbor in deed.   [Read more…]

Ministering to and with Widows

Every pastor needs this book on the shelf. Every church needs five copies of this book in store. And of course every widow could benefit from this book because it is written to help with “the new you.” That book is Miriam Neff’s From One Widow to Another: Conversations on the New You . Written [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 35

The narrative of Acts shifts back to Peter, and Peter’s story is about his healings which set up his mission to Gentiles — showing that Peter and Paul were on the same page: the gospel is for all. 9:32 Now as Peter was traveling around from place to place, he also came down to the saints [Read More…]

Economics at the Jesus Creed: Michael Kruse 4

This series is by Michael Kruse and it concerns economics — a basics in economics. Most of us, and I include myself, no next to nothing about how economics work and so this series is here for the education of all of us. (Thanks Mike.) Division of labor, mechanization, and trade has given rise to [Read More…]