Why missions can’t separate love and truth

While pagans and others observed the summer solstice, the Church of England announced that it would begin a special outreach those who identify with pre-Christian religions like druidism.“I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture,” said Rev. Steve Hollinghurst in the London Telegraph, the only place I could find the story.Assuming it's real, let's hope the effort demonstrates more spiritual discernment than Episcopal Bis … [Read more...]

The reason we endure trials

The other day my son was going on about bricks. He had seen a documentary and was eager to report that firing bricks in a kiln made a stronger product than merely drying them in the sun.My mind jumped to a stretch I spent in Uganda. Megan and I saw giant stacks of bricks along the roadside most everywhere we drove. To make them locals molded sloppy wet clay and set the shapes out to dry. Next they arranged a large makeshift kiln from the dry bricks, crammed it with wood, and set the fuel on … [Read more...]

What it means to come to Christ as a child

One after another the kids kept coming.Parents were bringing their children to Jesus for his blessing, and Jesus was happy to comply. The disciples, however, were less accommodating. As the gospels report, "the disciples rebuked them" (e.g., Mark 10.13).Jesus was not pleased with his followers. Mark tells us that he was indignant."Let the children come to me," he said, "do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the … [Read more...]