December 15, 2017

Archives for July 2017

Friday with Michael Spencer: Some “Culture” Quotes

Note from CM: In the light of another wave of evangelical culture war angst regarding the LGBTQ discussion, I thought a few direct and common sense thoughts from Michael Spencer might be in order today. • • • Picking and Choosing the Sins We Hate Where I live, our community is ravaged by poverty. Visible […]

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science.  A review of the book by Mike “Science Mike” McHargue.  Part 3.

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science • Part 3 • • • For 2 years Mike maintained a façade that he was still a Christian.  Why did he do that?  Both Christian and atheist might be tempted to view Mike contemptuously for his cowardly duplicity.  […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (5)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Five Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Paul’s primary […]

The More Things Change…

The More Things Change… 300 years ago this week… One of my favorite pieces of classical music has an interesting political background. In fact, it’s an early 18th century example of a politician using the “media” to advance his own popularity and diss his opponent. Tom Huizenga told the story yesterday on NPR’s program, All […]

Daniel Grothe: Eugene and Me — What I Learned from the Man Behind The Message

Note from CM: Thanks to our friend Daniel Grothe for sending me this. He is the Associate Senior Pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs and blogs at Edging into the Mysteries. You all know that Eugene Peterson is my most beloved pastoral hero and mentor, and I appreciate this piece from another who has learned […]

5th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today, we present an aria from one of Bach’s cantatas for Trinity 5: “Siehe, ich will viel Fischer aussenden” (Behold I will send out many fishers, BWV 88). Schweitzer captures the setting of this aria: “”In the 1st mvt Bach sees before him the Lake of Gennesareth, on […]

Saturday Brunch, July 15, 2017

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some brunch? I think we should start with some light fare, move to more substantial offerings, and end with some sweetness. What do you think? [Actually, that question is entirely rhetorical. The post is already written, and you can’t do one thing about it. Unless retro-causality […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – Filled with Passionate Intensity

Filled with Passionate Intensity By Damaris Zehner Does anyone else cringe when they hear the over-used word “passion”? “What’s your passion?” —  “I have a passion for — something.” — “I’m so passionate about that.” I don’t think these people know what they’re really saying. Bear with me here. I’m launching into a history of […]

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science.  A review of the book by Mike “Science Mike” McHargue.  Part 2.

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science.  A review of the book by Mike “Science Mike” McHargue.  Part 2 • • • Fat. Nerdy. Bullied.  I think it is hard to overestimate how much these early life experiences influence us, even all our lives.  That need […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (4)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Four Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Here, then, […]