December 10, 2018

Do churches and numbers mean anything?

How much comfort should America take from the fact that we are a land of churches and large congregations? Does the presence of churches- especially megachurches- imply the "discipling" of Americans into a Christian faith that … [Continue reading...]

Whither Calvinism?

I'm a bad Calvinist. (UPDATE 4/05. I'm not longer a Calvinist.) Meaning, I'll call myself a Calvinist, but I have more than a few exceptions and quibbles with Calvinism. So when someone in the camp speaks up plainly and says … [Continue reading...]

What is Heaven?

Heaven: An interesting topic. Basically, I think we look at it entirely backwards, and really, the Matrix + Capon on Genesis have been extremely helpful to my own thoughts. I am not looking forward to going there. I think I am … [Continue reading...]

The Lying Guy

Eric Rigney has a blog, which I promise will be worth a stop every so often. I know this fellow who lies. Not a lot, not in big ways, but in the same ways I was frequently guilty of lying as a young man. Exaggeration. Bragging … [Continue reading...]

It’s getting a little hot in here….in worship, that is.

Josh said it in his usual blunt manner, but he's right. I said it months ago in this IM piece on romanticism in worship. S.M. Hutcheons absolutely beats it like a drum in a recent article in Touchstone. Larknews parodied … [Continue reading...]

What About Christians in the Public Schools?

My friend Steve Mcfarland has written a provocative and impassioned plea from a Christian in the public schools. Steve is asking his fellow Christians to not abandon one part of the culture- the public schools where millions of … [Continue reading...]

The Pope Needs a Business Meeting

Someone sent me this Rick Warren quote, and it's buggin' me. When I write about Rick Warren, I'm usually not taking issue with the content of the guy's books or the value of his accomplishments. I'm a voice in the wilderness … [Continue reading...]

A Serious Lack of Appropriate Social Skills

That's me. Seriously lacking in social skills. Particularly when it comes to two important things here in my ministry at a Christian school. 1. Welcoming new people. 2. Being gracious to people who decide to leave. In both … [Continue reading...]

I’m Glad I’m Not a Young Earth Creationist

It's funny when I think about it, but the reasons to not be a young earth creationist get better all the time. Take the latest creationist flap on our little campus: The Gap Theory. Gap theory is apparently one way to let off … [Continue reading...]

The Last Laugh In The Least Likely Place

The Last Laugh In The Least Likely Place (Holy Saturday '04) A reader at Josh Claybourn's blog writesOn the Christian calendar, today is Holy Saturday. It marks a kind of pause in the "Triduum," the three days from the Last … [Continue reading...]