December 12, 2017

Archives for November 2015

Richard Beck on a faith of deepening contrasts

The following is a quote from a recent post by Richard Beck at his blog, Experimental Theology. I encourage you to click the link and read the entire piece. It’s especially fun the way he teases out his point with references to Johnny Cash, Dorothy Day, and Flannery O’Connor. He describes a phenomenon I’ve seen […]

Rejoicing in the Lord is your strength

The other day, as I was working on one of my books, a book for caregivers, I decided to do a chapter on how maintaining a spirit of joy can strengthen us in the midst of difficult circumstances. My text, of course, was Nehemiah 8:10, which ends with the familiar biblical meme, “The joy of […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: November 8, 2015

Note from CM: The other day I told my wife that it was probably time to empty the lateral file that sits in our bedroom. It has a blanket over it and our TV and other AV equipment sits on top of it now. Hidden beneath the blanket and inside the drawers are files that […]

Saturday Ramblings: November 7, 2015

Dark November is advancing and so I’ve chosen a black beauty of a Rambler for us to ramble about in today. Isn’t this ’57 wagon magnificent? Well, what are you waiting for? Hop in, and let’s ramble! Since we are rapidly approaching the end of this liturgical year and the beginning of Advent, today’s Ramblings […]

The communion of saints

I believe . . . in the communion of saints • The Apostles’ Creed • • • One of the basic teachings of Christianity that I turn to often in my work as a hospice chaplain is that of the communion of saints. It comes to mind often at this time of year, with All Saints […]

“The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life”

This is our hope: Words emerge from silence, the silence remains. • Wendell Berry • • • It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? How […]

Questions about Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Now before I became a Christian I was under the impression that the first thing Christians had to believe was one particular theory as to what the point of [Jesus’] dying was. According to that theory God wanted to punish men for having deserted and joined the Great Rebel, but Christ volunteered to be punished instead, […]

Discussing Scot McKnight’s “How Our Culture Challenges Church”

American culture challenges the church at its deepest levels. In the church the authority is God in Christ through the Spirit but in culture authority resides in the individual and in the will of “we the people.” • Scot McKnight • • • Read Scot McKnight’s article, “How Our Culture Challenges Church.” Scot has written […]

Another Look: Saints with two left feet

“All Saints Day is a witness to God’s way of blessing the world…” (David Thiede) Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? (James 2:5) • • […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: November 1, 2015

A church-planting friend just wrote me about a conference he’s attended in one of our state Baptist conventions. Plant those churches, boys, was the rallying cry, but stay out of those pubs. Take the Gospel into the world, but stay out of anyplace that serves beer. That’s someone’s version of how the Gospel applies to […]