July 17, 2019

Damaris Zehner: Evangelizing in a Time of Collapse

Evangelizing in a Time of Collapse Damaris Zehner The Church’s task is to make the Good News attractive and comprehensible to our audience, and that activity changes with time and place. Because what people believe about the world around them will affect how they hear the Gospel, there are two challenges to all of us […]

Culture War Christianity…from the other side

The ELCA claims to be committed to embracing diversity, seen even in Human Sexuality [ELCA Social Statement] as we embrace multiple positions on accepting same-gender relationality as a Christian lifestyle. So also there exist in the ELCA multiple positions on marriage, divorce, relationality, having children, monogamy, polyamory, sexual expression, and relational intimacy. We lift this […]

Demonic Silence?

Paul Wilkinson has a provocative post over at Thinking Out Loud on the subject of silence in worship services. As you know, Internet Monk has long been a proponent of silence as an essential part of a Jesus-shaped spirituality. We have encouraged that people intentionally experience silence both as a personal spiritual practice and as […]

Priorities find the right track in “The Lansdale Statement”

Note from CM: This is from the official website of Lansdale Borough, PA: “For those seeking a suburban sanctuary with urban sensibilities, Lansdale is an established, walkable, close-knit neighborhood conveniently centered on mobility where priorities find the right track.” I think this statement by friend, mentor, and Lansdale resident Peter Enns indeed exemplifies Christian priorities […]

Friday with Michael Spencer: Some “Culture” Quotes

Note from CM: In the light of another wave of evangelical culture war angst regarding the LGBTQ discussion, I thought a few direct and common sense thoughts from Michael Spencer might be in order today. • • • Picking and Choosing the Sins We Hate Where I live, our community is ravaged by poverty. Visible […]

The More Things Change…

The More Things Change… 300 years ago this week… One of my favorite pieces of classical music has an interesting political background. In fact, it’s an early 18th century example of a politician using the “media” to advance his own popularity and diss his opponent. Tom Huizenga told the story yesterday on NPR’s program, All […]

The Myth of the Decline Narrative

Sometimes I wonder what people are seeing. I also wonder why they are so ignorant of history. Various groups rely upon a tried-and-true method to make their case and gain adherents and power. It’s called playing the “decline narrative” card. The decline narrative follows a simple formula: First, things used to be so much better. […]

What If? – A Few Dreams for Today’s Church

What if? What if churches and Christian organizations had a vision to be “countercultural” in truly meaningful ways? What if we woke up and realized that all our talk about “changing the culture” is empty because we are just as culture-bound as anyone? What if we realized that ideas don’t matter as much as we […]

Blame it all on sex. Uh, no.

According to Christian author, speaker, and apologist Frank Turek, sex is the problem in America these days, not unbelief. The reason, he says, that people are turning away from God is because they are chasing another religion: sex. It’s an old religion resurrected — the new religion in America is the religion of sex,” Turek […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: September 12, 2016

Does the gospel change the way you look at the people the culture war tells you to fear and dislike? For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for […]