Struggle with sin is the common experience of Christians everywhere.
- October 12, 2011 |
Now that a pastor's sermons can be used as a weapon against a political candidate, what does that mean for the church and the state?
We can be good neighbors and even close friends while we agree to disagree and sometimes warmly debate the differences between us.
In today’s episode of “The Cross and the Jukebox” I talk with my favorite singer-songwriter, Michael Card, about his song, “God’s Own Fool.” It’s a song that’s changed me, and is constantly changing me; it’s a song that helped crucify my rationalism.
Parents and preachers have such a hard time with grace–trust me, I know. I’m both a parent and a preacher). We understand conditions. Conditionality makes sense. Unconditionality on the other hand is incomprehensible to us.
I told a story to our church this past weekend as part of the ending of a series on parenting. The more I’ve reflected on it, it’s about why I do what I do.
For medieval Christians, contact with relics of Christ and the saints provided a unique bridge between earth and heaven.
Most kids don’t read. And most parents don’t seem to know how to get them to read.
Some evangelicals talk as though personal evangelism and public justice are contradictory concerns, or, at least, that one is part of the mission of the church and the other isn’t. I think otherwise.
- October 06, 2011 |
You will be the only dad your kid will ever know. What kind of dad will you be?
- October 05, 2011 |
It's nice to have one of "our guys" in the Oval Office, but it doesn't validate our faith.
- October 03, 2011 |
Perhaps the best thing that can be said about persecuted Cubs fan Steve Bartman is that he didn't cash in when he could have.
- September 30, 2011 |
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Robertson’s comments on divorce and Alzheimer’s. More problematic, though, was Robertson’s flippant response to the abhorrent theology behind the whole issue...
- September 29, 2011 |
I'm a veteran. A veteran minister. I received the call to preach in April of 1961, which means we have recently passed the half-century mark for that anniversary. I began pastoring in November of 1962, and was ordained on December 2. I served 6 churches as pastor for 39 years and one as a staff minister for 3. Does this qualify me as a veteran?
It’s hard to know what to say about your 59th birthday. What exactly does it represent?
Is it possible, in this highly charged culture, to say nice things about people whose policies you despise?
Calvin is too important to leave him frozen in caricature, and he’s too significant to leave him simply to his tribe of theological partisans. He offers rich insight to all in the Christian tradition, including those who consider themselves the furthest away from “Calvinism.”
In a recent opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, Norm Augustine laments the weakening emphasis on the study of history.
- September 26, 2011 |
There are times when ministers do the most self-defeating things. Not all of them, thankfully. But enough to warrant our addressing the issue as a caution to the rest of the Lord's stable of shepherds. Here is my personal list of the 5 most frustrating things pastors do.
- September 24, 2011 |