September 19, 2018

Archives for April 2018

Monday with Michael Spencer: Grace is as dangerous as ever

“Neither do I condemn you. Now go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11) When the quality of God’s mercy in the Gospel no longer amazes you, you will begin to justify the dilution of amazing grace into religious grace, or moral grace, or grace in response to something. Real grace is simply inexplicable, inappropriate, out […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (4)

God is our home, and from birth to death, the whole of our lives is a journey to return home. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Her book is about the […]

Saturday Brunch, April 28, 2018

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Hungry for some brunch? In the true spirit of brunch, we have tried to offer up a little of everything: pictures, odd stories, serious issues, potty humor, beautiful cars, shower thoughts, and whatever else comes to my mind. A friend from Brazil posted this on Facebook last night. […]

Mowing Lawn

Note from CM: I wrote this essay many, many years ago, I think in the late 1990s. Now that we have a new house, with a fine yard that requires a lot of mowing, I thought it might be time to dig this out. One very definite change: at my age, and with a new […]

The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate by Tremper Longman III and John H. Walton, Part 1- Proposition 3

The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate by Tremper Longman III and John H. Walton, Part 1- Proposition 3 We are blogging through the book: The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate by Tremper Longman III and John H. Walton.  Today we will look at […]

Buechner: Where Our Best Dreams Come From

Somebody appears on your front stoop speaking your name, say, and you go down to open the door to see what’s up. Sometimes while it’s still raining, the sun comes out from behind the clouds, and suddenly, arching against the gray sky, there is a rainbow, which people stop doing whatever they’re doing to look […]

Freedom from the family for the family

There’s a nice article at Christianity Today challenging the prevalent, ongoing “focus on the family” mentality of the American church. In it, Rebecca McLaughlin gives five reasons “Why I Don’t Sit with My Husband at Church” on Sunday mornings. There’s one big reason: McLaughlin believes that congregations must be more open to showing hospitality to […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: You Need to Get Rid of Some of Your Theology

Originally posted in 2009 Some of you won’t like what I’m about to say, but trust me, I’m not shooting at you. I’m not shooting at anyone. I’m trying to be pastoral, if there’s any hope that I have any pastoral instincts left. Here’s the word: Some of us need to let go of some […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (3)

Sin is not about the personal imperfection of the self. Rather, sin is any act that breaks any of the relationships God declared very good in the beginning. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can […]

Saturday Brunch, April 21, 2018

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some brunch? We’ve got some silly stuff, some serious stuff, some sporty stuff. Let’s start with a public service announcement: Scientists in New York have a polite request for you: STOP PEEING IN WALDEN POND. Well, they phrased more scienty:  It will be “prudent to further […]