November 20, 2017

Archives for November 2008

iTunes Problem Returns +Advent Blog Now Open

After reinstalling OS X and two days of problem free operation, iTunes is now crashing again after one bounce of the icon on the dock. Get info works and I’ve done nothing to the computer in the last two days. So if anyone can give me any advice on fixing it, I’m all ears. (I’ve […]

The Weekend File: 11:29:08

John H at Confessing Evangelical suggests some devotional resources in the Orthodox tradition. James White has some video from the John 3:16 Conference. Apparently some in the “crowd” of 600-800 don’t believe Calvinists are Christians. I certainly believe you can be lost in any version of theology or church, and I have no doubt that […]

Riffs: Joseph Bottum on The End of Advent (and the horror of our version of Christmas)

Joseph Bottum: “The End of Advent,” at the First Things blog. Many years ago, we made a decision to, as much as possible, speak of Advent and not of Christmas, until Christmas. I’ve never been able to hold off the Christmas music, but as much as possible we’ve stayed with that commitment. It’s also amusing […]

Response Part 2: Christian Community and Abandoning Commitment

With this post I am concluding my response to the series The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism. This post will look at “Disillusionment With Christian Community” and “Abandoning Christian Commitment Itself.” The previous “Response” post (with links to the previous four) is here. Disillusionment With Christian Community Of the four issues I have examined, the disillusionment […]

Miscellaneous: Family News, Christmas and More

We received some wonderful news today. Our son, Clay, and his longtime friend/recent girlfriend Taylor Claypool, are engaged to be married in December of next year. We love both our kids and they have brought us so much happiness by finding spouses who are Christians and wonderful additions to our extended family.

Open Thread: What Might Be God’s Purposes In A Major Economic Downturn?

None of us know God’s ways and purposes beyond what He has revealed in scripture or in our own experience. But taking those lessons and “sanctified common sense,” we can think in terms of possibilities. For instance, I have my students answer the question: “What were God’s possible purposes in allowing Saul to be such […]

David Hayward, “The Naked Pastor:” The IM Interview

I’ve long admired pastor, blogger and cartoonist David Hayward, aka The Naked Pastor. (That’s Naked. Not “Nekkid.” He’s not up to anything.) I’ve been excited about this interview and it’s proven to be everything I hoped for. David has a fascinating journey and a point of view the IM audience will appreciate. I’ve already gotten […]

Response Part 1: The Biblical Worldview and Christian Experience

I now come to the last two posts in this series on The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism. All four posts are accessible here. In these posts I will write a response to each of the four topics of personal disillusionment: The Biblical worldview, Christian experience, Christian community and Christian commitment itself. In my responses, I […]

Dear Ed Young,

Blame Bill Kinnon. And if talk about sex bothers you, then you probably need another religion. You’re out of luck in this one. Dear Ed Young, It was the grin that really got to me. The arrogant, know-it-all, self-confident, re-inventing the wheel, just got me some grin. The “I am a young pastor and I […]

The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism: Abandoning Christian Commitment Itself

I am continuing my series on The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism. Here is part 1 and part 2 and part 3. 4. Disillusionment With Christian Commitment Itself In these posts, I have explored the various personal reasons evangelicals have for leaving the church. I have discussed the difficulty many have in coming to terms with […]