Denomination of the Week: The Church with No Name (The Truth/Two By Twos)

Denomination of the Week: The Church with No Name (The Truth/Two By Twos)I have had a nearly lifelong fascination with this denomination (which, like many, does not consider itself a denomination). Scholars of American religion often call this the largest single house church movement in North America although no outsider knows how large it actually is. Certainly the denomination’s members do not consider it a “secret” organization, but one of its attractions to scholars and students of Ameri … [Read more...]

Do All Christians Worship the Same God?

Do All Christians Worship the Same God?This question is stimulated by the current (2015) controversy over evangelical Wheaton College’s (Illinois) suspension of a political science professor allegedly for saying publicly that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. (I blogged about that issue and the question at its center here recently.)The question whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God must be parsed out into two distinct questions—even after it is complicated by obs … [Read more...]

Gems of Wisdom from Emil Brunner: Transcendence and Free Decision

Gems of Wisdom from Emil Brunner: Transcendence and Free DecisionEmil Brunner (d. 1966) is one of my favorite theologians. In fact, I like him better than Karl Barth; he’s much clearer than Barth. Reading and studying Brunners Dogmatics in seminary liberated me from fundamentalism and kept me firmly grounded in Pietism (but of a "higher order"). Brunner was part of the “dialectical” movement in theology that reacted to liberal Protestantism without adopting fundamentalism. When I read him aga … [Read more...]

Again the Curmudgeon Comes Out: Some Miscellaneous Complaints

Okay, what's a blog for if not once in a while using it to complain about annoying, disturbing, troubling events? I know many readers will disagree with me and think these complaints only reflect my personal pet peeves. Of course, I don't think so. I think we should all be troubled by them, but I know well not everyone will agree. And they're not earth-shattering events. But they illustrate trends I find troubling and problematic for our Christianity and culture.Was I the only one dismayed … [Read more...]

Here We Go Again: An Evangelical Controversy over Whether “Christians” and “Muslims” Worship the Same God

Here We Go Again: An Evangelical Controversy over Whether "Christians" and "Muslims" Worship the Same GodAbout one year ago I posted my response to that controversial question here. I re-post it below this lead-in paragraph. According to Christianity Today (on line article entitled "Wheaton College Suspends Hijab-Wearing Professor after 'Same God' Comment, December 15, 2015) evangelical Wheaton College (Illinois) has suspended, not fired, African-American, female professor Larycia Hawkins … [Read more...]

Denomination of the Week: Brethren in Christ Church

Denomination of the Week: Brethren in Christ ChurchQuiz question: In what small Anabaptist denomination was President Dwight Eisenhower raised? Answer: the Brethren in Christ Church.Although I will deviate from this sometimes, I prefer here to highlight as “denominations of the week” groups with which I have had some “close encounter.” Earlier this year (2015) I was invited to speak at Messiah College. The event, held on that campus, was the annual Study Conference hosted by the Sider Ins … [Read more...]

What Was All That Fuss About? A Late Review of “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge

What Was All That Fuss About? A Late Review of Wild at Heart by John EldredgeOver the years of this blog several commenters have asked my opinion about the book Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2001) by John Eldredge. They asked because of my interest in the “decline of men” and the “wounded male psyche.” Recently here I interacted with the book Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World (Zondervan, 2015). Again, some commenters asked w … [Read more...]


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