God is working his purpose out #4thofJuly

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For some reason this song is stuck in my head this Fourth of July, even though it was written by a British guy.  The Psalter Hymnal Handbook says it’s appropriate for occasions when we want to emphasize “the public task or kingdom work of Christians in the world.” May it be so. 1 God is [Read More...]


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The rest of the story #Charlestonsyllabus

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This is adapted from a sermon preached at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Hazard, KY on June 28, 2015, on the lessons  2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43. Let me tell you a story. It takes place, or at least some of it does, over 200 years ago, in Pennsylvania, where [Read More...]

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Luke’s Gospel of Jubilee

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By Keith Reeves Note: This article is the third of a three-part series on economic production and Jubilee in the Old and New Testaments. In previous articles we looked at the Jubilee in the Old Testament and why the Old and New Testaments treat wealth differently. Now we turn to Jubilee in the gospel of [Read More...]


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[VIDEO] Not the same old story

The way that we thought about the Biblical story was that God was trying to save a bunch of souls and whisk them out. And my time in seminary, really wrestling with the Biblical text, convinced me that that’s really not the story. God’s plan is the “reconciliation of all things” and this idea of [Read More...]


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10 things you don’t know about the Clapham Sect

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Attending the Q Conference in Boston this past week, I was reminded that almost any evangelical who wants to leverage their vocation to change the world takes William Wilberforce’s Clapham group as a sort of knights-of-the-round-table paradigm. But few seem to know much about this remarkable group. So as a public service, here’s my . [Read More...]


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Simple service: Some thoughts for #MaundyThursday

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By R. Dale Hale Last Saturday, I was privileged to play a very special role in our church’s observance of Palm weekend.  Saturday, we had an all day event that mimics VBS with crafts, music and a Bible lesson.  The Bible lesson is obviously about Palm Sunday.  I was asked to play the role of [Read More...]


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