It's easy to be grumpy about all of the denominations in the church. If we're supposed to be united as the body of Christ, then why do we have Baptists and Presbyterians and Methodists and Lutherans and Episcopalians and Evangelical Free Churches and Assemblies of God a host of...
I recently re-read Rob Bell’s best selling book Love Wins and was pleasantly shocked at how much of it I agree with. Well, I agree with about 80% of it. The problem is that the other 20% is not just off, but terribly wrong and misleading. In any case,...
Take a brief look at Church History and you'll realize that the Church is kind of an icky place. Or at least, it often has been. I love my church, and you probably love yours too. But historically speaking, the church has a tendency to be really really messed...
I came across an interesting bit of church history today. John Calvin insisted that the churches in Geneva remain locked outside of regularly scheduled worship times. In part, this was meant to discourage “superstitious” activity. The reformers were understandably sensitive to religious objects being used idolatrously (think relics), and...
One year ago, internationally acclaimed artist Makoto Fujimura published a small booklet entitled On Becoming Generative: An Introduction to Culture Care. This booklet, and Fujimura’s concept of “Culture Care,” have resonated with many. This month Makoto Fujimura released the full length expansion of his Culture Care concept, Culture Care:...
I have been trying to learn how to "be"—as in "Be still and know…" It is so hard to downshift, to stop my mind from doing NASCAR laps, to stop "doing" and truly disengage. So hard. Our 21st century American culture is not friendly toward such an attitude. But here...
In this post, I'm going to argue that the Church ought to be (1) a place to feel at home and (2) a place to feel like a foreigner or a pilgrim. God has so constructed the Church, created as it is through the building material of the gospel, that...
If you have even a minor interest in the Christian scene, then you’ve seen it happen. It’s only a matter of time until two Christian leaders that you look up to (you’ve been influenced by their books, sermons, conferences, etc.) come down on different sides of some important issue. So...
In my last post, I argued that repetition isn't as bad as we make it out to be. In fact, repetition is important. We are shaped by repetition—and that's true whether we are aware of the formative power of repetition or not. James K. A. Smith argues that we...
I’ve been studying the Bible for over 16 years now, but only recently thought about what the Bible says about racial reconciliation. Racial tension is as old as Noah, and with Martin Luther King Day approaching, I thought I’d blog about what I now consider a theologically crucial topic. So...
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