The priesthood of all believers

Originally published at Ithilien in 2005. One of the central slogans that’s come to be identified with the Reformation is the “priesthood of all believers.” For a long time I found this phrase very off-putting, because I associated it with the radical denial of any hierarchy or sacramentality in the Church. In my experience, Protestants [Read More…]

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Is the Sunday to Monday gap more perilous than we thought?

By Tom Nelson “If there is a mist in the pulpit there is a fog in the pew.”  I heard those words more than once in my seminary homiletics class when my professor wanted to drive home the high importance of sermon clarity. What I didn’t hear my professor talk about was what happens if [Read More…]

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How to Boost Your Creativity

People who think they are not creative need to think again. Creativity is central to what it means to be human and made in the image of God. It’s one of the principle ways man imitates his Creator. Although our creativity is different from God’s, who made everything from nothing, the cultural mandate in Genesis [Read More…]

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They’re getting paid WHAT? A modern-day parable of the workers at Gravity Payments

Christianity Today has commentary on the recent decision by Dan Price of Gravity Payments in Seattle to raise all his employees’ base salary to $70,000: Earlier this year, Dan Price, a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and CEO of Seattle-based Gravity Payments, made headlines nationwide after announcing plans to raise his employees’ base salary to [Read More…]

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NEWS: One of our partners is moving!

The Oikonomia Network, one of the partners of the Patheos Faith and Work Channel, is moving to Trinity International University: The Kern Family Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Trinity International University to help launch the Center for Transformational Churches. The Center will also become the new home of the Oikonomia Network, an [Read More…]

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The ideal church member

MEET SCOTTY Scotty is every pastor’s dream of an ideal church member. A mechanic, Scotty owns his own business. He and his family are active in Bethel Church of San Jose, serving on committees and production teams, teaching, and helping special-needs children. He is cheerful, hardworking, and has a great reputation in the community. By [Read More…]

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