It has been over twenty years since the publication of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a book many claim as the shattering of God's grace into their lives. Brennan Manning, who left us this week, was dazzingly faithful in preaching and writing on the singular theme: "Yes, Abba is very fond of you!" The crowds are gone now, and the lights are dim, the patches on his knees have faded. If he ever was a ragamuffin in God's gracious presence, truly it is now.
- April 18, 2013 |
As I thought about the bombings in Boston, this verse came to mind:
- April 18, 2013 |
I am about to enter into a volatile subject. Not abortion or same-sex marriage. I want to talk about parents, sports and the church.
The Internet has forever changed the way Christians relate to one another. Among the realities of this digital world is a whole class of web sites known as discernment blogs or watchblogs...
Living the tension between "leave and cleave" and "honor your parents" isn't always easy.
With a growing number of churches embracing the need to minister to single parents, many questions have arisen as to specifics.
There is a growing phenomenon in many churches – particularly large, fast-growing evangelical churches - that can only be called “heresy creep.”
Having protection for battle is of no use if it's not worn.
The last few weeks, Matt Lauer has been mercilessly roasted with calls for his replacement. I’ve never seen anything like it.
"I don’t know any other way to say this: it seems like a lot of the people who care about orthdoxy are jerks.” ~ Josh Harris
God uses imperfect people because that's all he's got to work with.
The message from a friend raised a question I’d not thought of: "Can you tell me how to freshen up my prayer time?"
The amazing thing about Good Friday is that it was -- and is -- part of the "good" declared by God at creation. And it was a good for us.
I’ve found that most people who tell me that fiction is a waste of time are folks who seem to hold to a kind of sola cerebra vision of the Christian life that just doesn’t square with the Bible.
That slap symbolizes how far Jesus was willing to go.
One thing I told them then, and would tell them now, is to not overlook the chance to design your church's structure.
There is another way to go, thanks be to God, the way of Grace as opposed to Law...