November 18, 2017

Archives for August 2016

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Thirteen

Wednesdays with James Lesson Thirteen: The Two Ways — Time to Choose We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The second theme James discusses […]

On Pastors and Phone Calls

Interesting piece at Christianity Today, Karl Vater’s blog, called “Why Most Pastors Aren’t Answering Your Phone Calls.” Vaters notes that ministers have a reputation for not being very good at answering or returning phone calls or communications from parishioners, missionaries, and others. He then says, “It’s not because we’re lazy, disorganized or uncaring – not most […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 29, 2016

Note from CM: While going through old posts today, I found this gem by Michael Spencer. It ties right in with what some folks were saying in the comments the other day — we Christians tend to live in our own little worlds, don’t even know it, imagine that we’re preaching in such a way that will attract […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 28, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • The painter Harlan Hubbard said that he was painting Heaven when the places he painted merely were the Campbell or the Trimble County banks of the Ohio, or farms and hills where he had worked or roamed: a house’s gable and roofline rising from a fold […]

Saturday Ramblings: August 27, 2016

The end of August is in sight, and it may be your last chance this summer to take a trip to your favorite National Park (see below), or visit the grandparents, go to the amusement park, or chill at the cabin by the lake. Of course, we’re well past that now where I live. Here […]

Scot McKnight: Justification is about Unification

Note from CM: I saw this on Scot’s blog the other day and requested permission to re-post it here, which he graciously granted. This is such an important issue in understanding the New Testament, a perspective which, honestly, I rarely if ever heard during my days in evangelicalism. I have started reading Thompson’s book, which is an attempt […]

Lisa Dye: Life, Liturgy and Lethargical Dancing

Life, Liturgy and Lethargical Dancing By Lisa Dye I’m not sure of the entire history of liturgical dancing, but it’s irrelevant to my point other than to illustrate my first and erroneous thoughts of the meaning behind liturgy. To get there I have to tell you a little about my dad. He has lived most […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Twelve

Wednesdays with James Lesson Twelve: Wise Up! We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The second theme James discusses has to do with wise […]

Radio Interview: Chaplain Mike on Steve Brown, Etc.

I had a wonderful opportunity last week to talk with our friend Steve Brown on his radio program, Steve Brown, Etc. We talked about my work as a hospice chaplain and my book, Walking Home Together. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation. Steve: Michael, talk about that sacred experience when you sit down with somebody, and there’s […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 22, 2016

Religion #1: God is mean, angry and easily provoked. From day 1, we’ve all been a disappointment, and God is–justly–planning to punish us forever. At the last minute, thanks to Jesus stepping in to calm him down, he decides to be gracious. But don’t do anything to mess that up. Peace is fragile around here. […]