July 13, 2020

Recommendation and Review: Consuming Jesus by Paul Metzger

There's been a bunch of detailed reviews of Multnomah Bible professor Paul Metzger's book Consuming Jesus already out there. (Be sure and check out the Scot McKnight-Darryl Dash debate for one.) I'm not going to try and weigh in … [Continue reading...]

Three Christmas Stories for the Second Half of Life

You are invited to add your insights on the similarities of these three stories. Three stories. Three men in the second half of life. Story one. An almost perfect man loses everything. Unknown to him, God is in a contest … [Continue reading...]

Noted: The Critical Conversation That Never Happens

John Armstrong questions the concept of Christian hedonism, and interestingly, is immediately told that conversation shouldn't happen. Sound familiar to anyone? BTW- I heard the confrontation of Colson's talk on "Duty" by Piper … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation and Review: Pierced For Our Transgressions by Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey and Andrew Sach

This is the season of "Best of" lists, and I'm sure Pierced For Our Transgressions by Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey and Andrew Sach will be on more than a few lists. In the past year, Pierced For Our Transgressions may be the … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 12:20:07: Religion Reporters Do Love Their Christmas Legends

UPDATE: Check out what Williams really said when he used the word "legend." Talk about a hit piece. Sad. Here's the Transcript. Check out the deliberate misquoting. UPDATE II: Here's Williams just a few days ago when asked … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #81 (Christmas Message)

An Advent/Christmas devotion and greetings. … [Continue reading...]

Review: Thank God For Evolution! by Michael Dowd

UPDATE: Rev. Dowd has graciously joined the comment thread. Thank God For Evolution! is available as a free pdf download. If you haven't read the book and don't plan on it, please keep your comments about the book and the … [Continue reading...]

The Problem With Real Christians

In the first place the situation in the actual world is much more complicated than that. The world does not consist of 100 per cent Christians and 100 per cent non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly … [Continue reading...]

No Big Thing

I want to start this post with a quote from a typical ambitious evangelical church that wants to grow. Get big. Add lots of people. Become "mega." Get the crowds and their kids in the doors. But I've decided not to insult you. … [Continue reading...]

The Mood of Advent: We All Need A Savior

Update: This piece isn't universally appreciated :-) Remember that Advent isn't the season of Joy. It's the season of waiting. I have several friends who are doing Advent in their Baptist churches for the first time, and they … [Continue reading...]