The Subtleties of Shaming a Nag

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4cN-CtkHYk&feature=youtu.beWhile I don't plan to make a habit of posting media from Mark Driscoll on this blog, this one deserved mentioning if only because of the conversation happening here this week.When I published Smokin' Hot Wives & Water to the Soul, I truly had no idea that Driscoll would be preaching on Ephesians 5 and complementarianism in this week's sermon media. There is an amazing object lesson in this clip, though. And it has to do … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Wives & Water to the Soul

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A couple days ago, Her.meneutics ran a great piece by Mary DeMuth on the current obsession among evangelical pastors/leaders with talking/tweeting endlessly about their "smokin' hot wives" - an obsession that has spread throughout American Christian culture.The post resonated with me.It resonated because, as I've mentioned before on this blog, I was once a part of the segment of evangelicalism that fosters this kind of attitude - the kind that makes leaders go on and on about their … [Read more...]

More On Unsexy Missional

Some of us missional Christians are wary of celebrity.This is a good, healthy wariness, especially since we live in a celebrity-obsessed culture that is typically mimicked by American Christian culture. We have celebrity pastors, authors, speakers, professors, worship leaders. We have some churches whose entire approach to "being missional" or  "culturally relevant" consists in creating the ethos of celebrity, where the leaders live flashy high-profile lives, hobnob with the famous, dress … [Read more...]

Ideologies of Death: Gosnell, Boston, Warren, & Guns

Let me start by saying that I undertake this post with some trepidation.And that's because the list in the title is unbelievably heavy. Writing about just one of these things would be difficult enough. But all of them?Additionally, finding a common thread among these items runs the risk of communicating to the less careful reader that they are in some way the same - which they most assuredly are not. The common thread I wish to unravel does not have to do with the circumstances of the … [Read more...]

Cigar Smoke & Conversation: Inclusion or Integrity?

This will be the first in, I'm sure, a plethora of posts about the inaugural Missio Alliance Gathering in D.C. that came to a close yesterday.It was simply an epic time. One of the many highlights occurred Thursday evening as a group of us got together at a local cigar lounge in old town Alexandria, Va. We all ended up staying past midnight - it was just that good. And toward the end I found myself in a conversation (listening, mostly) with Jared Byas, A.J. Swoboda, and Geoff Holsclaw, in … [Read more...]

Bringing Unsexy Missional Back

Next week, the long-awaited (for folks like me, at least) and much-Internet-heralded #futuregospel event will be happening in Washington, D.C. That is, the first-ever Missio Alliance National Gathering.And if I have one hope for this conference, this meeting of some wonderful and diverse minds, it is this: I hope we can bring unsexy missional back. Now, I'm not saying that Mike Friesen shouldn't dance like Timberlake in front of a lot of people, because he totally should you guys. And I'm … [Read more...]

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...]

SGM and the Counseling Cliff

By 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 into the history of SGM, CJ, or whatever, or a … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Emergents, & the Gender/Power Issue, Pt. 2

In the first post, I promised two suggestions and two questions, and I'll get to those straight away. But first, who invited Don? There is no better pop-culture commentary on issues of gender and power than the popular AMC show Mad Men. In fact, it's the undercurrent that makes the storyline so compelling. There is the thin, always well-dressed and attractive veneer of "traditional" relationships between men and women, women taking the decidedly subservient role to the working (m)ad men. They … [Read more...]


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