SanFranciscoCare: Is this the best option?

SanFrancisco has a public health care plan that will surely come to play in the current health care debates and proposals. Here is a clip of the beginning of the Op-Ed piece in the NYTimes: TWO burning questions are at the center of America’s health care debate. First, should employers be required to pay for [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 15

The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 3 is the story of a healing, the people praising God, and Peter’s clarification of what God is doing. As we read the Book of Acts in search of missional theology, we are reading The Acts of [Read More…]

What is Consumerist Christianity?

Skye Jethani, at Leadership magazine and Out of Ur blog, has created a bit of a dust-up about “consumerist” Christianity with his new, very good book: The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity . His book does three cool things: he sketches consumerism and its impact on the church, he offsets consumerism by [Read More…]

Genesis One 11

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 11: “Functional cosmic temple” offers face-value exegesis. In John Walton’s view, his reading of Genesis 1 as as God’s setting up the world as his temple with [Read More…]

That Annual Bonus

The little flap this weekend about the VA and its bonuses got Kris and me to thinking about bonuses. I once got 50 dollars, if my memory serves me right. Kris once got a turkey for a bonus. Obviously, we’ve not worked for the VA. Questions: What’s your biggest bonus ever? What’s the zaniest or [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 14

The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 3 is the story of a healing, the people praising God, and Peter’s clarification of what God is doing. As we read the Book of Acts in search of missional theology, we are reading The Acts of [Read More…]

Missional Campus Ministry 3 (RJS)

The church I attend has an outstanding youth ministry. No question. And intentionally inter-generational worship. The staff is intent on building relationships. The church is thriving, even growing. The number of families with young children is increasing. And yet … My daughter graduated from high school this year.  She has been in this church since [Read More…]

Atheist Delusions 7

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines how “faith and reason” were related in the Medieval Age in order to provide historical context for what has happened with New Atheists. Hart’s approach is to quote yet one more example of the myth-making tendency to [Read More…]

Health Care Reform: DemoCare?

I’ve gotten enough pushback on using “Obamacare” for the health care proposals that I’m changing this to the more cumbersome “health care reform,” but for me “Obamacare” is not about a top-down heavy-handed left-wing attempt to socialize our country, but instead simply the health care proposals that Obama is guiding as President. Having said that, [Read More…]

Class of 2013

The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2013. Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1991. For these students, Martha Graham, Pan American Airways, Michael Landon, Dr. Seuss, Miles Davis, The Dallas Times Herald, Gene Roddenberry, and Freddie Mercury have always been dead. Dan Rostenkowski, Jack Kevorkian, and Mike [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 13

The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 2 reveals that the missional work of God begins when God’s Spirit swoops down, gives voice to the first followers of Jesus, and forms it into a missionally-shaped community. Acts 3 continues that story. As we read [Read More…]

Genesis One 10

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 10: The seven days of Genesis 1 do not concern material origins. This is a big point; Walton is arguing that Genesis 1, the classic text of [Read More…]

The New Pastor’s Schedule: by PW

I was talking to another staff member’s wife and they had only been in ministry a few months. They were exhausted. Spent. She said to me: I remember your husband saying something to mine about how we need to whittle down what he is to accomplish in the first few months and not try to [Read More…]

You and the Liturgical Year

Lots of folks write to me about the use of liturgical prayer, and my book on prayer (Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today ) has been of help to some. But many want more than just to learn how to use liturgical prayers, which goes back (by the way) to the Psalms [Read More…]

Apple Airport — Advice?

Kris and I have an Apple Air Port as our form of a wifi network at home, but we’re noticing these days that we often have to unplug the thing and then plug it back in to get it going again. It just seems to shut down. What we are wondering is if our old [Read More…]

How Do You Describe This Song? 2

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Prayer for the Week

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]