Evangelicals Discerning an Issue

In my last post about "Boundaries" I mentioned that our church plant had once discerned the issue in question - the issue Rob Bell made a clear pronouncement on last week - the issue of gay rights/gay marriage. And we discerned it from a self-consciously evangelical perspective. I want to share what we came out with, in the hopes that it may be of help to you in your context.Note that this post is also an attempt at demonstrating the real point of my last post: that local, contextual, … [Read more...]

Fathers Be Good to Your Daughters (i.e., don’t sell them)

We all know John Mayer is like the biggest hypocrite of all time for writing this song, but it's still totally wonderful:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZLbUIa7exEAnd it's especially wonderful to me because I'm the father of two daughters, Gemma and Pippa - 3YO and 1YO, respectively. And my primary goal in life is to be good to those girls. And I have a throbbing ache in my heart for fear of not being good enough to them.For this very same reason, Exodus 21 is decidedly not wonderful … [Read more...]

Missio Alliance & Me

I met with my good friend Matt for coffee this morning, and I told him some of the backstory behind my involvement with this thing called Missio Alliance. And now, I'll tell you.Before I do, though, you should know this: today is the last day to register for the first-ever Missio Alliance national conference at the regular rate, and get decent rates on hotel rooms. Which might mean nothing to you if you have no idea what Missio Alliance is. Which is why I'm about to tell you the … [Read more...]

SGM and the Counseling Cliff

 illustration: Marion BolognesiBy now, most church folk (and lots of others) have heard about the trouble facing CJ Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries in regard to allegations that child sex abuse in the network of churches was covered up by pastors who allegedly counseled family members to avoid reporting to the police and forgive the abusers.And now, they are resisting the lawsuit and investigation by citing the First Amendment.Great.Rather than a journalistic dig i … [Read more...]


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