Our Collective Faith and Heresies 6

The next heresy in B. Quash and M. Ward, Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe  concerns adoptionism: the view that believes in a double sonship for Christ. The chp is by Rachel Muers, a Quaker professor at Exeter. First, he is Son of God by generation and nature; second, [Read More…]

Espresso Machine Help?

I have a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine. I had a wonderful cup of latte this morning but forgot to turn the machine off. (I did not leave the steaming wand on.) When I got home this evening, I thought I’d see if the machine was damaged. When I tried to pull a shot of espresso [Read More…]

How about you?

How many e-mails are stored in your Inbox? As I type this, I’ve got three and one of those is no more than a reminder for tomorrow morning? I try to keep my Inbox to less than ten, and that means responding quickly and either filing the e-mail or deleting it. Who’s got some wisdom [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 26

Knowledge of the “word” (logos) is not enough for James. Any listening that does not lead to doing is not proper listening and is not enough. So James says in 1:22-25: 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not [Read More…]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 2 (RJS)

We started a discussion a while ago on University Ministry  – a discussion I would like to continue today. And I think the initial question to shape thinking is quite simple: What is the purpose or aim of a College or University Ministries? Is the aim discipleship? Evangelism? Both? Something else? Is the aim the [Read More…]

Our Collective Faith and Heresies 5

 The first two heresies were about who Christ is/was. The next two are about how the divine and the human nature are related. The first concerned Nestorius and Theotokos, the God-bearer. The next heresy is from Eutyches and Eutychianism or Monophysitism. All of this is discussed at an excellent level by B. Quash and M. [Read More…]

The Facebook Generation

Here are the characteristics of the Facebook Generation (via Fr Rob). What do you think? 1. All ideas compete on an equal footing. 2. Contribution counts for more than credentials. 3. Hierarchies are natural, not prescribed. 4. Leaders serve rather than preside. 5. Tasks are chosen, not assigned. 6. Groups are self-defining and -organizing. 7. [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 25

We will look this week at James 1:22-25, and I want to begin by quoting these most important of verses: 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at [Read More…]

Which gospel do you choose?

The gospel is my focus in study and research these days, and the subject of most my extra lectures I’m giving at various places, and I want to post two definitions of the gospel I’ve recently seen. How do you “define” the gospel? Here’s a first option, which I’ve slightly edited, and one that is [Read More…]

Which gospel do you choose?

The gospel is my focus in study and research these days, and the subject of most my extra lectures I’m giving at various places, and I want to post two definitions of the gospel I’ve recently seen. How do you “define” the gospel? Here’s a first option, which I’ve slightly edited, and one that is [Read More…]

How do you introduce yourself? (by PW)

Here is a good conversation starter; something I think should be asked of every ministry spouse.  How do you [as a ministry spouse] introduce yourself? When you are at church, do you introduce yourself as, “the pastor’s wife” or  as “your name”? How do you identify yourself, and how do you settle into other people’s [Read More…]

Prayer of the Week: 5th Week of Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Chicago’s Spring evokes hope! A friend of mine, Dana Del George, has a new book for children whose parents are divorced. Take a good look at it: The Queen of Fire and the King of Ice . A blog worth watching: Practicing Church. Yowza, this is awful.The Pete Enss WTS saga continues. The lines are [Read More…]

What’s your favorite …

Michael W. Smith song?  My favorite is Kentucky Rose. [Read more…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 24

James reveals an early, if not the earliest, early Christian (post Jesus) understanding of “new birth” and “spiritual formation.” Notice how James thinks the community is to be formed spiritually: “humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you” (1:21). Notice that James urges that the messianists develop a disposition toward God’s word: [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends: Matt Edwards

This week’s Friday is for Friends comes from Matt Edwards, at Believers Fellowship in Gig Harbor. I have a question regarding loyalty and the third way. One of the prominent attributes of YHWH in the Old Testament is His hesed, translated “steadfast love,” “faithfulness,” or “lovingkindness” by various English Bibles. Essentially, the word means something [Read More…]

Pastors as Poets

“What the congregation needs is not a strategist to help them form another plan for achieving a desired image of life, but a poet who looks beneath even the desperation to recover the mystery of what it means to be made in God’s image.” So pastor-professor and poet M. Craig Barnes, in his new book: [Read More…]


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