September 9, 2019

… church history. We continue with our series by Ruth Tucker, and we want to know (as well) your best believe-it-or-not church history story. Now Ruth Tucker: When Saint Bruno in his younger years was studying in Paris the city was caught up in a sea of mourning. A renowned monastic scholar, much admired for his holy life, had died. But as the funeral cortege proceeded to the tomb, the dead scholar rose out of the coffin and cried out,… Read more

September 8, 2019

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.BCP Read more

September 7, 2019

We begin with a brand new cohort next Monday at Northern Seminary — they’re already quite active on the cohort FB page and it looks like an energizing group of students. Can’t wait. Bacteria-crushing ocean plastics: The high pollution in the oceans is a big problem on the planet. According to recent research, it is likely that in the year 2050 we will find more plastic than fish in the waters of the seas, and for this reason there are… Read more

September 6, 2019

If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a hundred times. When someone says “I’m a pacifist” (or something remotely close), the hands go up with a series of “What abouts.” Ron Sider, in If Jesus is Lord , has heard them all and responds to many of them. What about Jesus’s statement that he came to bring a sword? Or the fact that there are several stories about devout soldiers and none were told to stop being soldiers? Jesus used a… Read more

September 5, 2019

After a long hiatus, I return to look at Rebecca McLaughlin’s book Confronting Christianity. Bertrand Russell (Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? in Why I am Not a Christian), and more recently Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything) have been quick to point out an apparent connection between religion and violence. Islamic conquest of the Holy Land and Christian Crusades to retake the land play a role in the conversation. Of course we can go… Read more

September 5, 2019

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church Read more

September 4, 2019

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church Read more

September 4, 2019

This begins a series on a book by one skilled in adjudication, Andrew Bartlett. He examines, in his new book Men and Women in Christ (MWiC), the relation between men and women in home and church on the basis of the Bible by adjudicating between competing claims. One more time, the issue at hand: Bible-based Christianity is threatened with a needless schism. Some complementarians say that their rivals are disobeying God’s design, undermining both family and society, and giving encouragement to sexual confusion… Read more

September 3, 2019

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church Read more

September 3, 2019

Your gospel is too small IF __________________________________________. Read more

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