William Placher Dies

William C. Placher 1948 – 2008 It was a sad day for me this week to learn that William Placher died at the age of 60. Placher was a leader in the field of post-liberal theology. You can read about him here. I have enjoyed Dr. Placher’s A History of Christian Theology, which remains a [Read More...]

Compassion by Henri Nouwen

Compassion – by Henri Nouwena short review by Tim Suttle This short book plainly titled Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life by Nouwen, McNeill and Morrison[1] delivers a provocative and moving take on the life of compassion. The authors have no illusions of producing a theological treatise, this book actually grew out of the [Read More...]

The Renewed Mind is the Key

I’m having youth choir flashbacks! [Read more...]

Missional Church

I had to read this book again last week for a class. It was great to cover the material again. I’ve got tons of notes from studying this over the past couple of years. I decided it was time to post a review: Book Review: Missional Church – Darrel Guder ed. Reading these six authors [Read More...]

John Donne – Meditation XVII

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: [Read More...]

What’s the Matter with Preaching Today?

I just finished an interesting book last night called What’s the matter with Preaching Today? I had to read it for class and write a paper on it. It was very interesting. It’s book of essays by various famous preachers and teachers reflecting upon a famous article written by Harry Emerson Fosdick in 1928 called [Read More...]

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John Perkins

I went to hear John Perkins with my wife and some friends the other night. Here are some of the notes from that talk. He’s amazing. 7 helping principles for those involved in social justice: 1. Family: Create and establish family among your people2. Truth: bring truth back through faith the bible3. Purpose: it is [Read More...]

Veli-Matti karkkainen

I’m reading a great text on Ecclesiology right now by Veli-Matti Karkkainen. He divides his study of ecclesiology into sections according to denominations first: – Eastern Orthodox- Roman Catholic- Lutheran- Free Church- Pentecostal/Charismatic- Ecumenical Next he considers the ecclesiologies of some of the leading theologians writing in this specific discipline: – John Zizioulas- Hans Kung- [Read More...]

Christian AND an Obama Supporter…

I don’t usually do political stuff on my blog. But I’ve had several people ask my why it is that I’m drawn to Barack Obama. I wanted to give a few sources that might perhaps explain why it is that I support him. The first is a video of a talk in which Obama tries [Read More...]

Is It Wierd that This Bother’s Me?

I heard about this through a friend. I’m not sure why I care, but for some reason this just bothers me that nobody never asks these sort of questions of our elected officials and those who campaign for them whether they are family or not. If you want to read more about it the story [Read More...]

Prayer of Self-Dedication

This is the prayer of self-dedication from the Morning Office of the BCP today. Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you [Read More...]