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Archives for May 2012

“Complementarianism” Is a Sham

UPDATE: Comments now closed. I honestly don’t get it. Seriously. I have been hearing conservative Christians talk about “headship” and “submission” in the marriage relationship for over 35 years now, I heard about it again yesterday in church, and I still don’t know what they’re talking about. Am I that thick-headed, or is this whole […]

Open Forum — May 7, 2012

I am writing these words from the western suburbs of Chicago, where Gail and I spent the weekend. On Sunday, we had a full day. We went to worship in the morning at the church we usually attend when we come up here (Gail’s sister’s congregation). Then we took the train downtown, had lunch in […]

The End of Perfection?

Only the hardest-hearted Boston Red Sox fan is cheering this weekend. On Thursday night, one of the most consistent, awe-inspiring, likeable and admirable players in baseball history suffered an injury that may end his stellar career. Veteran New York Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera tore his ACL while chasing a fly ball in batting practice before […]

Which “Culture” Most Threatens the Church?

I don’t often find much but material to debate and argue against at the evangelical culture war “news” site, The Christian Post, but every once in awhile, something worthwhile appears amidst all the moralizing and political posturing. Case in point this weekend: a CP interview with Ken Myers, called “Is the ‘Culture’ Really the Church’s […]

iMonk Classic: A God-Shaped Void? Maybe Not.

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from May 2006 Nevertheless, young people do not feel disenchanted, lost or alienated in a meaningless world. “Instead, the data indicated that they found meaning and significance in the reality of everyday life, which the popular arts helped them to understand and imbibe.” Their creed could be defined as: […]

Saturday Ramblings (5/5/12)

Greetings, all. Adam Palmer here, filling in for our illustrious Jeff Dunn as he sojourns on an enigmatic quest through the exotic and mysterious land known only as “Dayton, Ohio.” Hopefully he’ll file some reports from high atop some ancient ruin–if he can hack his way through all the jungle vines and make the ascent […]

Christ’s Triumph — Our Salvation

Fridays in Ephesus (4) Christ’s Triumph — Our Salvation During Eastertide on Fridays, we are reflecting on insights from Timothy Gombis’s recent book, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. • • • Today, we come to the heart of Ephesians. The body of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians grows out of […]

Al Mohler’s Problem With Grace

Note: This post is not about homosexuality, though that is a topic I deal with. Keep your comments consistant with the theme of this post, and don’t drift into a pro- or anti-homosexual rant. Those comments will be deleted.  The worms are loose after Al Mohler opened a can of them on his blog this […]

Extending Hospitality

Journey into New Life, part four Extending Hospitality (Luke 24) Our Gospel text for this Easter season is Luke 24:13-35, the story of the risen Lord’s encounter with his disciples on the road to Emmaus. In this passage Luke tells us what it means to walk with the living Lord Jesus Christ. It is more […]

First Things First, part one

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part One: Some Books Are More Important than Others • • • Some books of the Bible are more important than others. This is not a matter of inspiration. Most of us know 2Timothy 3:16-17 — “All scripture is inspired by God and is […]