Don’t Shrink the Church or the Gospel

By Mike Coyner Acts Chapter 20 records that Paul gathered the leaders of the church at Ephesus to say farewell before he left, knowing he would go to Rome and his likely death. In his farewell to them, he reminds them that he gave everything for the Gospel and for the churches. He says he did not shrink from sharing totally with them, he did not “hold back” or “shrink” or “reduce” the Gospel – rather, he gave his “all”… Read more

Why I Left (not the GOP, originally, although it could be that too)

I did not think there could be so much noise I would have rather had a world of light Than all those colors, advertisements, toys And guaranteed successes overnight. I would have rather had a world of rain Than one of preaching what I could not feel; Some isolated alley where the pain And storms could blow; that would have been more real Than schedules, conversations, graceless days, The desperation of a formless aim, A building with no soul, no… Read more

Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Us

This post is a contribution to the Patheos Book Club on God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church. Perhaps one of the signs of middle age is that your friends suddenly start writing books. I first met Elaine Heath in the early 2000’s when she and I were both receiving fellowships from an organization interested in giving creedally orthodox United Methodists funding for doctorates so that we could change the United Methodist Church.  Fifteen years later, she is… Read more

This Matters: Response to the Shootings and a Call to Stay Engaged

By David Spickard People have been asking me how I’m reacting to all that’s going on with the tragic shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and now the police officers in Dallas.  I wrote out my thoughts this morning for our Jobs for Life team.  I hope they’re helpful to you. JfL family, It’s difficult to know what to say or do in a time like this.  For the most part, I’m numb. And yet, we need to respond. This… Read more

Another Day, Another Shooting: How Can We Be Peace-Makers?

By Mike Coyner It seems almost every day as I read, watch, or hear the morning news, there is news of another shooting. Some of those have been “mass shootings” in Orlando or other cities, some have been shootings here in Indianapolis, and some have been “officer-involved” shootings in cities where we have actual video of cops shooting citizens. While not wanting to jump to conclusions without all of the evidence in hand, and while trying to maintain our constitutional… Read more

We’re made to work

People are called to work, not just to provide for themselves, but to help the world flourish, says the collaborator on Timothy Keller’s book “Every Good Endeavor.” This post originally appeared at Faith & Leadership. People work for a variety of reasons: money, security, power, success. But work — at least, from the perspective of the gospel — is not about accruing benefits for ourselves, says Katherine Leary Alsdorf, the founder and director emeritus of the Center for Faith &… Read more

Mortality and the Bleeding Soul

By Jordan Dillon I didn’t know that I thought I was invincible until the moment I realized that I wasn’t.  It’s an assumption that I’d carried around until the age of 24.  It was more than assumption though; it was an expectation.  It was part of me.  One brief moment separated that expectation from me. As amateur weekend craftsmen, Brad and I would throw ourselves head first into projects that were hilariously, at times, above our skill level.  I’ll never… Read more

God is working his purpose out #4thofJuly

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 working his purpose out as year succeeds to year: God is working his purpose out, and the time is drawing near; nearer and nearer draws… Read more

The blessings of business?

A month or so ago, I got an email from my doctoral advisor (who has some idea which way my life path has gone) saying that I ought to review a book called The Blessings of Business  by Darren Grem. In conjunction, he said, with Timothy Gloege’s  Guaranteed Pure, a scholarly history of Moody Bible Institute. The Blessings of Business had, at that point, not been released; but Guaranteed Pure had, and so I dutifully got it from the library… Read more

Fickle Fans and Public Opinion

By Mike Coyner I was home last Wednesday waiting for some repairmen to arrive at our house, so I watched some of the celebration in Cleveland. They deserved a time to celebrate after all of those years of frustration. Finally, their beloved NBA team, the Cavaliers, had won a world championship and ended their long drought. Over those years many times they had been close with football, basement, and basketball – but now finally they had a chance to celebrate… Read more

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