September 24, 2018

Archives for April 2008

Riffs: 04:21:08: The Emergent Village Statement of Values and Practices

Tony Jones sent me his new book The New Christians, and I’ve been looking at some of the resource material on Emergent Village. I’ve been very encouraged the the Values and Practices Statement from Emergent Village. In my own journey to create a Jesus-shaped spirituality, I was particularly challenged by the first section: Commitment to […]

What Kind of Person Will Be A Disciple?

“Now – here is my secret: I tell it to you with an openness of heart that I doubt I shall ever achieve again, so I pray that you are in a quiet room as you hear these words. My secret is that I need God – that I am sick and can no longer […]

Are American Christians “Persecuted?”

I’ve been in a verse-by-verse study of I and II Timothy this year with several other men on our staff. We had an interesting discussion on this passage and its application in various contexts. II Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil […]

The Distinquished Faculty of the IM School of Blogging

At the Asbury Bloggers Society meeting last night, we had a wide ranging discussion on various aspects of blogging and ministerial formation at the seminary level. One of my suggestions was that a blogger develop a list of “teaching” blogs that exhibit and demonstrate excellence. Use these blogs to ask yourself questions about your own […]

iMonk 101: Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs: How Rightly Approaching the Bible Shapes the Entire Christian Life

Here’s one of my favorite major essays on Biblical interpretation. Lots of important ideas here that I’ve put together in my own approach to scripture. Yes, it’s a long one, but I think it will be worth the time for those interested in the subject. Learning to read the Bible in a way that puts […]

No Jesus Needed

Read the original (written back when I was a Calvinist): On Christless Preaching. Recently I was traveling to a conference with a friend, and I listened to a sermon. Preached by a Christian, a Baptist, a minister at a church, a graduate of a Christian school training ministers to serve and communicate Jesus. This preacher […]

Recommendation: Beyond Smells and Bells by Mark Galli

Mark Galli: Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy Well….just go buy this book. I know you plan on buying some other book about things you already know, but you need this book, because it’s absolutely a 512 foot home run on the subject of liturgy in worship, and you know […]

Too Much Heaven? (3): Heaven and Evangelism

I think it’s telling that the two most prolific evangelism programs in evangelicalism both approach their audience with questions that Jesus never used. “Do you know that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life?” “If you were to die tonight, and God were to asked you, why should I let you […]

Internet Radio Podcast #93

Fundamentalism, Heaven-centered religion and post-evangelicalism. Clark Bunch You all need to buy “The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church” and more Reformation theology gifts from New Reformation Press.

Recommendation and Review: Surprised By Hope by N.T. Wright

UPDATE: I agree with Doug Wilson that Wright’s lefty politics is a considerably different matter than his theology in this book. With Surprised by Hope, N.T. Wright has done several important things. He has written perhaps his most accessible theological book on an important topic of interest to not only most Christians, but to millions […]