August 24, 2019

What Could Southern Baptists (and other evangelicals) do to promote Spiritual Formation?

I mean, besides read their Bibles. Southern Baptists can’t really do anything about this kind of thing because, as any real Southern Baptist knows, the denomination isn’t a church and actually the “Southern Baptist Convention” only exists a few hours a year. When it gets together to elect officers, debate a few non-binding resolutions and […]

Surprising Encouragement

Just a couple of stories about the grace that’s all around us, that appears in small ways, and might appear more often if we prayed and took notice of where Jesus said the Kingdom appears. I. On Thursday, almost everyone I work with was at a waterpark about an hour away, including my family. I […]

The Church Membership Question: Interview with Jonathan Leeman

UPDATE: Thanks for the good response and discussion. If you would like to read an excellent defense of the Baptist view of church membership, John Piper has written an excellent article on Church Membership and Accountability. A very good survey of the basics. This post begins several posts on the subject of the church and […]

What Will It Be For The Institution? Blind Loyalty or Naive Criticism?

This may be one of those posts that ought to appear over at JSS, because it has a lot to do with what Jesus was doing when he was on earth and how it continues today. BTW, I’m not criticizing the defenders of institutions. I love mine and defend it all the time, but I […]

Ortland: Reduced to Jesus Only

From Ray Ortland’s blog, by way of 9 Marks. Whatever divides us emotionally from other Bible-believing, Christ-honoring Christians is a “plus” we’re adding to the gospel. It is the Galatian impulse of self-exaltation. It can even become a club with which we bash other Christians, at least in our thoughts, to punish, to exclude and […]

Jesus Shaped Spirituality Has A Home (temporarily)

UPDATE: The new post at JSS is “God is Jesus.” I have started blogging at Jesus Shaped Spirituality or JesusShaped.wordpress.com. The actual domain JesusShaped.com won’t be up for a while, so this is my temporary home. If you are an IM reader, PLEASE help me make this transition. Tell others. Update your RSS feed. Stop […]

Jesus Shaped Spirituality: What does Jesus Shaped Integrity Look Like?

I was sitting in a middle school classroom today and noticed a poster on the wall. It said, in a highly decorative way, “Integrity: Hold On To Your Beliefs!” Public and private schools are full of this sort of thing these days. There are catalogs of this kind of rhetoric for schools, touting various values […]

Two Questions on Jesus and Scripture

Two questions that are crucial to anyone studying and teaching scripture in a Jesus-shaped, Jesus centered way: What would I have thought if I were there when Jesus taught, did miracles, engaged in conversations, meals, etc.? What do the same events and words mean now that I have the entire Bible to bring all of […]

The Jesus Shaped Question: Can We Know What Jesus Was Like?

Who is the most Christlike person you know? I live and work in a Christian community with approximately 150 other staff members who serve in our ministry. We live close together and see each other almost every day. Even with occasional breaks and vacations, we still spend far more time together than the Christians in […]

The Jesus-Shaped Question: What Was Jesus Like?

Mark 3:20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”….Mark 3:31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to […]