September 14, 2005

In C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms , there is a chapter called “A Word about Praising.” Lewis, who couldn’t for the life of him figure out why God summoned his creation to praise him, since it sounded a bit self-preoccupied. He couldn’t come to terms with this “perpetual eulogy.” |inline Read more

September 14, 2005

The two focal points of the one called to minister the gospel, or in the gift of ministering the gospel (which is not the whole of our task), are people and the Word of God. Before getting into each, let me emphasize that the purpose of preaching is not to relay information only nor is it to be received well by the congregation, but to bring both into a relationship in such a way that the Word of God implicates… Read more

September 14, 2005

If you want to purchase a fountain pen, I’ll give you some tips. Unless you’re wealthy and can toss gobs of money into corners you may never again visit, I suggest that you get a good fountain pen catalog and look through it carefully. My recommendation is Fahrney’s Pens. Their online site is very good. Here is where to begin. |inline Read more

September 13, 2005

The poll on pastoral skills showed a very clear pattern: the interpersonal skills rated in the top four while the more traditional roles were in the bottom four. Thus: Interpersonal: discipling (25.9), authenticity (22.4), leading (16.1), and interpersonal (13.8). Roles: preaching (12.1), teaching (7.5), administration (1.7), and evangelism (0.6). What are the messages here? |inline Read more

September 13, 2005

Today I heard that Biro has now accounted for 100 billion Bic pens — disposable, now clogging up pipes, glutting our dump yards, and defying the world’s nature decomposition. So, let me urge you to stop buying Bics, buy a fountain pen, and be a person who uses the same pen for the rest of your life. It is a matter of stewardship. So, here an abbreviated history of fountain pens. |inline Read more

September 13, 2005

For a long time I have pondered blogging about Scripture. Of late I have been thinking this question: “What constitutes the unity of Scripture?” Let me provide, in this post, a brief taxonomy of the options and in so doing offer a purple exploration of the unity of Scripture. |inline Read more

September 13, 2005

This finishes our series on the “life of a prayerful person,” which puts together the season the prayerful goes through in the Book of Psalms. We can begin with Shalom, experience utter confusion, only to turn the corner to watch Shalom return home again. |inline Read more

September 12, 2005

Which of these is the best spiritual classic? Some would list others, and you can comment here on the one you would have chosen but was not listed, but I’d still like you to vote on this one. Read more

September 12, 2005

I have a study of John Bunyan’s classic, Pilgrim’s Progress, now online with Covenant Companion. You can see it here. Read more

September 12, 2005

What E.B. White, that great writer called the big syllable, can be seen in what Purple Theology will see in ecclesiology. If we are to move beyond the ageless denominational bickering so typical of the Church, we will have to move from independence to interdependence. The addition of “ter” is a big syllable with big ramifications for all of us in the emerging movement. Will we seek independence or will we foster interdependence? Read more

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