Why would a pastor shy away from preaching a message on giving? The answers are many and complex, but most boil down to one: He’s afraid.
In 1939, J.R.R. Tolkien prepared an essay to be delivered as a lecture at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. It was titled "On Fairy-Stories," and in the piece he explained and defended the use of fantasy as a literary form.
It’s that time of year again; time to look back at the year that was, and look forward to the year ahead.
Here are 47 sermons suitable for the start of a new year.
Recently a Christian educator was talking about the FCC outlawing loud television commercials.
Christmas signals the start of something radically new and for that we should rejoice
The Mayans were wrong about the calendar. But they weren’t wrong that the arc of history is headed toward something cataclysmic.
Vertical Church is a book with both strengths and weaknesses—very helpful strengths and very dangerous weaknesses. If you can thinking discerningly to embrace what is helpful and reject what is so very unhelpful, you may well find the effort rewarding.
In a time of obvious tragedy, the unbearable lightness of Christmas seems absurd to the watching world.
When you study the era that Dickens wrote about when he published A Christmas Carol in 1843, you realize that it was dark and evil. And that the Scrooge character was not the buffoonish, almost cartoon-like character some of the movies made him out to be.
For the moment, the baby sleeps in Bethlehem surrounded by regal gifts and foreign eyes wide with wonder.
We have to start looking at evangelism as less than a one-time, do or die opportunity and more of a journey.
Oprah is more than a celebrity. She is even more than a brand, or a business. She has become a shaping cultural force.
Some things we understand and therefore believe. Christmas is a miracle of another order.
While bloggers have rightly been criticized for being too negative at times, blog commenters can be equally ruthless. I’d like to address this briefly today in the hope that I can help us all think well about how we interact online.
Yes, the end is near. Which means we should be sober, mature, and discerning.
The Mayan apocalypse -- predicted for December 21 -- is looming large. How are we to think Christianly about this?
- December 06, 2012 |