October 24, 2020

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The Gospel For Appalachia II: Can The Culture Change?

I want to talk about the Gospel, but first I’m going to tell some stories. Why I am telling these stories should become plain as we go along, but for those of you who might need a clue at the beginning, these stories are about the difficulty of change here in the mountains of southeastern […]

Our First Christmas With Grandma

The writer in the family is my wife, Denise. She’s a professional editor, heads our school publications operation and writes a bookful of creative ministry material every year. I can’t get her to blog, but if I could, this is the kind of gold you’d be reading. You can write denise at denisespencer@mail.com Our First […]

Thoughts on Ephesians 4:29, 5:4

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Eph. 4:29, ESV) “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be […]

Judging Scripture

A Survey of The Surprising Language of the Bible, by Philip Winn BHT fellow Philip Winn has written a survey of crude language in scripture. It’s a helpful orientation to some little known statements in the Bible, and the language Christians believe- in one way or another- is divinely inspired. It’s an eye opening tour, […]

The Tyranny of the Offended

How do we honor Paul’s pastoral advice, but not let the most easily offended among us become tyrants in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 8. Romans 14. These chapters have been my nightly reading many times after a controversy with my opponents on the reformed watchblogs. How do we treat those with whom we […]

The Humility Zone

Why our conflicts over the Bible and Theology may sometimes have nothing whatsoever to do with being right. Every so often, I will have a bit of an Epiphany. I wish I had written them all down, because sometimes the clarity of the moment balances weeks, months, years of confusion and I feel like I’ve […]

The Conversion Of The Evangelical Imagination

Father Andrew Greeley may be writing with a wink when he wonders if evangelicals have considered the possible irony of their current interest in movies, but the point is still well made. Secondly, it seems to me that the evangelicals slip dangerously close to Catholic idolatry when they embrace a wondrous allegory as a summary […]

Looking Away From The Darkened Sun

Chuck Colson writes a riveting piece in Christianity Today on his own dark night of the soul. The key quote (my bold): Exhausted from hospitals, two years of writing The Good Life, and an ugly situation with a disgruntled former employee, I found myself wrestling with the Prince of Darkness, who attacks us when we […]

Review: Colossians Remixed

Colossians Remixed by Brian Walsh and Sylvia C. Keesmaat. IVP, 2004. Reading, rereading, hearing, rehearing, teaching, reteaching, discussing, rediscussing….the letters of Paul and books/sermons/teaching from them. Sometimes, I become quite bored, I’ll admit. In the conservative evangelical circles I move in, Paul gets a lot of attention, and everyone assumes they understand him. He is […]

How The MegaChurch Stole Christmas (Day Worship)

Some of America’s largest megachurches won’t be open on Sunday, December 25. After multiple services on Christmas Eve, they are giving their congregations, volunteers, staffs- and thousands of twice a year attenders- the day off to spend with their families. I first saw the story of Kentucky’s two largest mega-churches cancelling services on December 25 […]