The Church for 20Somethings?

Where are the 20somethings attending church? According to some studies (linked below), your best chance of finding them is in a megachurch — contrary to some of the hype that has circulated in the last five years. The ability to reach and serve the younger generations is a common characteristic of megachurches across America, according [Read More…]

Why go to church?

Margaret Feinberg, at The Origins Project site, has asked a question and would love for you to speak up. “Why do you go to church?” [Read more…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you [Read More…]

An American Tradition

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Who knows?

Anyone know why Sarah Palin has resigned? Here are the words of William Kristol: William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard and a supporter of Ms. Palin, said that in the end, this could turn out to have been a smart move. “Everybody I’ve talked to thinks it’s a little crazy,” Mr. Kristol said. [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

It’s summer.That means sunflowers.(Wouldn’t Van Gogh have loved this picture.) Interview at the Smith’s home in Alexandria, and I’m with Taylor Mertins. Collin Hansen, ever the pro-Reformed journalist for CT, has a post up that reviews a volume that examines the theses of David Bebbington about the nature of evangelicalism. Tom Smith writes to his [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

It’s summer.That means sunflowers.(Wouldn’t Van Gogh have loved this picture.) Interview at the Smith’s home in Alexandria, and I’m with Taylor Mertins. Collin Hansen, ever the pro-Reformed journalist for CT, has a post up that reviews a volume that examines the theses of David Bebbington about the nature of evangelicalism. Tom Smith writes to his [Read More…]

What is your favorite …

TV program of all time? We’re talking TV programs in the evening, sit coms or otherwise. I have to admit that this man is my favorite of all time: Jay North and Dennis the Menace. [Read more…]

Friday is for Friends: AHH

AHH has been reading and occasionally commenting on the Jesus Creed blog since Fall 2008.  He lives in Colorado where he works at a government science lab, and he is ordained as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  He is a little publicity-shy, but to find what the initials stand for and other info, [Read More…]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 3

We are discussing marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence.  In the first chp Piper examines marriage in two respects: * It is from God.* It is for God’s glory. Anyone who has read Piper knows he reads everything through the lens of the “glory [Read More…]

Top Five Mistakes in Marriage?

What, in your view, are the top five mistakes made in marriage by couples? I got this question from Gretchen Rubin here. Her top five are: 1. Wanting the gold stars of appreciation.2. Using a snappish tone.3. Getting angry about a fixed trait.4. Score keeping.5. Taking her husband for granted. [Read more…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 80

Once again, James draws us into the world of Jesus. James 5:6 reads: “You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.” A more literal reading, here quoting from the NASB, tells a different story: “You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.” The NIV [Read More…]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 4 (RJS)

The second section of Alister McGrath’s new book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology deals with fine-tuning and natural theology in the context of a number of scientific theories and observations. The first of these relate to cosmology and the fundamental constants of the universe.  We discussed some of this [Read More…]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 2

We started yesterday, with a post of our own, a series on marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. Question added at 9:25am CT (find at bottom of post).John Piper, pastor at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis (or St Paul — the same to me), chooses [Read More…]

Mercy Me!

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Pastor’s Bookshelf: Philippians

I’m not keeping up with this commentary list, spending too much of my time doing what Paul seems to be doing to the left, but here goes on Philippians. The first commentary I consult on Philippians is Gordon Fee, and I do so in part because he’s such a good writer, because he is sensitive [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 79

James personifies with a vivid imagination, something he perhaps learned from Jesus or one of the prophets. Here are the words of James, from 5:1-6: Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord [Read More…]