September 21, 2019

The Priority of the Gospels

An ancient Syriac document, allegedly recounting the instruction of the Apostles, enjoins: “The apostles further appointed: At the conclusion of all the Scriptures let the Gospels be read, as being the seal of all the Scriptures and let the people listen to it standing upon their feet: because it is the Gospel of the redemption […]

Elissa Bjeletich: Contemplating the Incarnation

As we think this week about the incarnate Christ, here is a thought-provoking excerpt from an article by Elissa Bjeletich: Contemplating the Incarnation: Pilgrimage and Sunday of Orthodoxy • • • This is where it happened. When I thought of the Incarnation, I have always thought about how God took on flesh. He could not […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: The Question Is God, the Answer Is Jesus

Monday with Michael Spencer The Question Is God, the Answer Is Jesus An article from another blog Michael authored: Jesus-Shaped Spirituality • • • “Anything that one imagines of God apart from Christ is only useless thinking and vain idolatry.” • Martin Luther It’s been a very interesting day. I can’t tell you much about […]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: On Telling Jesus Stories

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann On Telling Jesus Stories The church must endlessly tell its Jesus stories, because in these Jesus stories, we behold the glory of the Father, full of grace and truth. The imposition of holiness does not happen in large, grand, religious, magnificent ways. It happens where a son is welcomed home, where […]

Damaris Zehner: Rebranding Christianity

Rebranding Christianity Damaris Zehner Christians have a bad name these days. There have been scandals, of course – abusive priests, sexually immoral Christian leaders, cult-like churches, financial irresponsibility, hypocrisy, and more. There have also been a lot of people in the public eye who have identified themselves as Christian while espousing hateful or ridiculous points […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Jesus Makes Things Complicated for Us

Tuesday with Michael Spencer Jesus Makes Things Complicated for Us Jesus makes things very complicated for American Christians. If you simply follow him around in the Gospels, you are going to get into trouble. Why? Because he isn’t just talking evangelism. He’s talking about a whole life of Kingdom-dominated, life-transforming discipleship. Let me use an […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Some thoughts about the institution

If you look at the church throughout time, cultures and history, I believe you will conclude there are three aspects to the church. (Consider this semi-original with me.) The church is a movement started by Jesus; a culture crossing, church planting movement that proclaims the Gospel in the power of the Spirit. This movement takes […]

Brueggemann: Jesus Is Enough

In the midst of our quest for orthodoxy to be sure people believe right, or our quest for morality to be sure people act right, or our quest for piety to be sure people pray right, the little ones know, this Jesus is enough. It is enough to know Jesus, for in Jesus you see […]

When the child falls in the well… — On being too biblical

I love the Bible. I have come to have little patience with biblicism. The most “biblical” Jews in Jesus’ day were the Pharisees. We commonly criticize them for their hypocrisy, for exalting human traditions over God’s Word, or for adding a multitude of rules in their attempt to interpret scripture for religious practice. I think […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: Searching for a Community of Strugglers

Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives. (Paul the Apostle, Letter to the Galatians, 4:19, NLT) This line from Paul has stayed with me for two days. It comes from a section of the […]