July 2, 2015

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Levi Nunnink: A Lutheran layman’s perspective on the Tullian Tchividjian scandal & Liberate

Note from CM: One of the interesting characteristics of evangelicalism is its Disney-like ability to take classic traditions and turn them into palatable fast-food for contemporary audiences. A smart evangelical pastor might be just one good J.I. Packer book away from planting a new “reformed” megachurch. Tullian Tchividjian, of whom we wrote yesterday, who just resigned the […]

Pete Enns: 4 thoughts about the Bible as a “human book”

Christians confess the Bible as “God’s word,” which means (among other things) that God had something to do with the production of it–though, the honest person will admit, we don’t really know nor can we adequately articulate what that “something” is, and calling it “inspiration” or “revelation” is simply assigning a milti-syllable word to that unknown process. […]

Matthew B. Redmond: Some Thoughts on What Is Happening at The Village Church

Note from CM: Sin rules this world through the unholy trinity of money, sex, and power. Most of the scandals with which the church has to deal have something to do with one or more of these three areas. And often, the original transgression ends up being but a small part of the problem. As […]

Randy Thompson: The Bloody God and the Bleeding God

The Bloody God and the Bleeding God by Randy Thompson, Forest Haven, Bradford, NH I’ve been reading the Old Testament. It’s a great story, despite Leviticus’ by-laws and Numbers’ numbers. However, reading it is an unsettling experience. As I started to note the body count, it seemed to me that God was a lot like […]

Andy Zehner: On Communitarianism

Note from CM: I have said often that I am a-political — I don’t care much for politics, and we don’t talk too much about that world here on IM, except when it impinges on some facet of religious discourse. In today’s terms, I consider myself a moderate and you will usually find me lamenting the […]

Holy Week 2015: Glorified (Rob Grayson)

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” • John 12:23 According to John’s gospel, Jesus utters these words shortly after entering Jerusalem at the beginning of this holiest and darkest of weeks. The atmosphere is heavy with speculation that Jesus could be the one to spearhead the revolution that will finally throw off […]

Randy Thompson: Religious Virtuosity — The Spiritual Life on Automatic Pilot 

Growing up is, among other possibilities, a process of learning how to do things. We learn to walk and talk, to tie our shoes, and to tell the difference between the men’s room and the ladies’ room. Much of what happens later in life builds on such foundational skills. For example, we learn to drive […]

Tokah: On the Sunday of Forgiveness

It is my second favorite day of the year, the Sunday of Forgiveness, also known as Cheesefare Sunday. We gather for the Forgiveness Vespers in the evening, candlelight dancing in front of paintings of those who have walked this path before us. Vespers starts normally enough, until we come to the prayer, “Vouchsafe, O Lord”. This prayer is […]

Steve Brown: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Note from CM: Thanks to our friend Steve Brown for giving us permission to re-post this spot-on, to-the-point devotional about grace. Relish this. This is the good stuff. • • • Confession: In my lifetime, I’ve believed and taught some pretty dumb things. One of them: If you memorize Scripture, pray a lot and do religious […]

Tokah’s Journey, part 2: Grant Me to See My Own Transgressions

Note from CM: Thanks to Tokah for this fine follow-up to her post in December. If you didn’t get to read it then, or would like to review her story, you can read part one HERE. • • • Grant Me to See My Own Transgressions by Tokah Last month, I had the privilege of […]