December 15, 2017

Archives for July 2016

Another Look: Why I now love weddings

Note from CM: I’m officiating a wedding this week, one of several I’ve been asked to conduct this year. Thinking about the privilege of participating in these joyous occasions brought this post to mind. • • • I used to not like weddings very much. They seemed like a lot of trouble, and people tended […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Eight

Note from CM: Updated post to use Kingdom NT translation. Thanks, Charles! Wednesdays with James Lesson Eight: Taking Responsibility, Receiving from God Today we will bite off a bit bigger chunk of the Epistle of James, looking at James 1:12-27. 12 God’s blessing on the man who endures testing! When he has passed the test, he […]

The kind of preaching I hope to do

I wrote a post on preaching a couple of years ago. I ended that piece with a list of characteristics of the kind of sermons I hope I will be known for preaching. I’ve edited it a bit, and in the light of yesterday’s post, I thought I would run it again today for further discussion. […]

An imbalanced and woefully incomplete description of pastoral ministry

Sometimes the fruit just hangs so low. The target is so close and easy to hit. And Tim Challies provides such opportunities so regularly. When it comes to pastoral ministry, many of the neo-puritan and neo-reformed types revere John MacArthur. There were periods during my pastoral ministry when I read things he wrote, but even […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: July 17, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • At the Johnson County Fair The sweet sins of Summer beckon from within the bubbling oil, burnt by grease as young arms are by sun. I am at once a funnel cake, and want one. Neon-painted curious eyes, slit-sized once more by festering scent of cattle […]

Saturday Ramblings: July 16, 2016 – County Fair Edition

Well, it has arrived: it is our annual County Fair season here in Indiana. HERE is a link to our local fair, which is held just up the street from our house. You can go to the link all week long and see pictures from the event. Or, you could visit their Facebook page. Our Rambler pic […]

Robert Jones: An Obituary for White Christian America

An Obituary for White Christian America After a long life spanning nearly two hundred and forty years, White Christian America— a prominent cultural force in the nation’s history— has died. WCA first began to exhibit troubling symptoms in the 1960s when white mainline Protestant denominations began to shrink, but showed signs of rallying with the […]

Randy Thompson: The Spirituality of Taking a Vacation

Note from CM: Randy and Jill Thompson know that people need to take breaks from the pressures of their normal lives, get a change of scenery, and find refreshment from time to time. That’s why they started Forest Haven, a Christian organization whose purpose is to provide a rural, quiet place of healing hospitality and spiritual refreshment for Christian […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Seven

He lifted up his eyes and looked at his disciples, and said: “Blessings on the poor: God’s kingdom belongs to you!” “…But woe betide you rich: you’ve had your comfort!” • Luke 6:20, 24 (KNT) • • • Wednesdays with James Lesson Seven: The Great Reversal Today, we look at the third and final of the opening […]

Civil Religion Series: “In dire need of creative extremists”

Civil Religion, part ten “In dire need of creative extremists” Presidential election years in the U.S. provide American Christians an opportunity to reflect upon our faith and how it applies to our lives as citizens and to the public issues that affect us all. We are taking many Tuesdays throughout 2016 to discuss matters like these. […]