A Brief History of Crooked Creek Baptist Church (And A Pastoral Search)

My church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis, is searching for a new minister, most likely one who will serve in a bi-vocational capacity or shared with another congregation. Because I am involved in the search, I’ve put together a brief history of the church, which also includes information about the congregation and its demographics, [Read More…]

Mark Burns’ RNC “Benediction”

  Pete Enns shared the prayer offered by Rev. Mark Burns at the Republican National Convention, saying that it is not a benediction. Historically, I beg to differ. To the famous set of Jewish prayers known as the Eighteen Benedictions, a nineteenth was added at some point which is a “blessing” of the heretics (birkat [Read More…]

Run From Christlike Candidates

I really wanted to believe it was satire when a website called GOPocalypse claimed that a Southern Baptist pastor named Robert Jeffress had said the following: You know, I was debating an evangelical professor on NPR and this professor said, ‘Pastor, don’t you want a candidate who embodies the teaching of Jesus and would govern this country according [Read More…]

Pastors and Sheep

After the pastor of my church resigned, my Sunday school class discussed what the role of a pastor is. I highlighted that the term comes from “shepherd” and that it is (apart from Ephesians 4:11) not used as a title for a Christian leadership position in the New Testament. We then turned to the comparison between believers [Read More…]

Preaching On Sin

This cartoon nicely illustrates the point that we all enjoy condemning those whose sins are obvious to us, while we bristle at anyone who points out our own. If there is something that fundamentalists, conservatives, moderates, progressives, and liberals all share in common, it is this tendency, and the fact that none of us can [Read More…]

Genesis Oven Mitts

Hemant Mehta blogged today that oven mitts decorated with the hands from Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” are now a thing. You can buy them on Etsy. In other unrelated news, Charisma News apparently doesn’t know that Jonathan Cain is the pianist and keyboardist for Journey, not their lead vocalist. He recently married Pastor Paula [Read More…]

A Welcoming Congregation

When I saw this cartoon by David Hayward, it struck me as a poignant depiction of the dishonesty that pervades a great many religious congregations. The pastor has presumably been going through some challenging times. When he finally admits where he is at for the first time, the congregation finally feels that they can tell [Read More…]

Proof Atheists Have Morals

Gavin Rumney shared the above, and it made me chuckle. Given that at least most atheists don’t take advantage of the gullibility that characterizes at least some Christians (and clearly some people who at least claim to be Christians do take advantage of that gullibility for their own profit), does this prove clearly and unambiguously that the line [Read More…]

Would Work on Many Professors, Too

Via Scot McKnight   [Read more…]

Bad Theology Month at Crooked Creek Baptist Church

I’m joking about the title – the series is actually provisionally called “Volatile.” But my pastor, Tom Bartley, is seriously planning to preach about controversial topics, and why church is precisely where you ought to be able to talk about them openly, throughout the month of August. If you are in Indianapolis or its vicinity, [Read More…]