Happy Thanksgiving

Colossians 3:16-17 reads, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God [Read More...]

Are Roommates the New Family?

Just found an interesting article that captured a cultural trend.  The New York Times writer Stephen Williams penned a piece called “Home, Hangout, Departure Lounge” that profiles a group of roommates living together in New York City.  It’s a short but noteworthy article that includes the following: Here’s how the group came together: “The four roommates [Read More...]

The Beauty of HBO’s “John Adams”

American history is a larger-than-life enterprise, filled with lofty characters who scarcely seem like ordinary people.  Franklin, Edwards, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, and the list goes on.  One of the most important figures of the American past is the Massachusetts politician and farmer John Adams.  Second president of America, close friend of Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary War [Read More...]

A Moving Story of Adoption, and a New Way to Be a Missionary

Some of you out there may have seen this video on how University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt and his wife adopted two children from the Ukraine.  (Click on the link and you’ll be taken to a page that hosts the video–click on the video there to watch it.)  The story is quite moving [Read More...]

The New Yorker’s Take on Evangelicals and Abstinence Education

Found this in the New Yorker and thought that this outsider’s take on evangelicalism and its approach to sex was quite worth reading, if over-heated and wrong-headed in places: “The “pro-family” efforts of social conservatives—the campaigns against gay marriage and abortion—do nothing to instill the emotional discipline or the psychological smarts that forsaking all others [Read More...]

Is There a Wilberforce Out There?

I in no way style myself a political pundit, and for good reason.  If you’re interested in coverage of the historic election of Barack Obama as president, check out the New York Times’s front-page article.   Justin Taylor is soliciting feedback from some fine Christian thinkers; I would encourage you to read Randy Alcorn’s hope-filled piece, [Read More...]

Phil Ryken’s Excellent Talk and Interview Are Online

We at the Henry Center in Deerfield, IL are pleased to announce that the audio and video files for both the Scripture and Ministry lecture and interview with Dr. Phil Ryken of Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, PA are now posted and ready for viewing and reflection.  These events took place on October 1 and [Read More...]

Walking the Sawdust Trail: The Altar-Call and its Use in American Evangelicalism

“The pastor closes his sermon: “The Holy Spirit bids you come. The congregation, praying, hoping, expectant, bids you come. On the first note of the first stanza, come down one of these stairways, down one of these aisles. May angels attend you. May the Holy Spirit of God encourage you. May the presence of Jesus [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, October 17, 2008: Politics and Other Messy Things

1. The Wall Street Journal has a helpful article about certain aspects of the Obama “tax cut” that he’s championed for 95% of the population. WSJ: “For the Obama Democrats, a tax cut is no longer letting you keep more of what you earn. In their lexicon, a tax cut includes tens of billions of [Read More...]

Russ Moore on the Potential Danger of Campus Ministry and the Textured Goodness of the Local Church

Had to pass along this quotation to you from a recent Russ Moore piece entitled, “Jesus Didn’t Die for a Campus Ministry: The Spiritual Danger of Unchurched Spirituality“.  Here’s a theologically rich and personally challenging quotation on the spiritual nature of the local church: “In the Bible, a local church–with all its ridiculous flaws–is an [Read More...]


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