August 2, 2015

Practice Resurrection, continued — On Grace and Works

By Chaplain Mike. Ephesians 2:8-9 is one of the key passages Christians use when trying to help people understand that salvation is by God’s grace, a gift that we receive by faith without adding any good works of our own. When someone freely gives us a gift, it is of the essence of the exchange […]

Practice Resurrection, continued — Why I Love Eugene Peterson

Noted by Chaplain Mike. I’ve been distracted lately from my reading of Eugene Peterson’s new book, Practice Resurrection, a conversation about spiritual maturity from Ephesians. Tonight, I came back to it, and found this story. Sublime illustration. Two friends, Fred and Cheryl, went to Haiti twenty-five years ago to pick up a child they had […]

Now I’m Scared. Really.

By Chaplain Mike. The Middle East is front page news again this week, and agreement and peace are nowhere in sight. Watch the following video and get a whole new angle on the story. Is this man and the movement he represents the ones you want influencing the Prime Minister of Israel and U.S. policy […]

The Long and Wandering Process of Prayer

From Chaplain Mike. David Hansen has been one of my surest pastoral guides. His book, The Art of Pastoring: Ministry without All the Answers, is in my view one of the wisest manuals for contemplative ministry available, especially for those in smaller churches. Today, I want to highlight the main concept in another of Hansen’s […]

At the Movies Remix

From Chaplain Mike. OK, so Mark Driscoll dissed “Avatar” calling it, “the most demonic, satanic movie I’ve ever seen.” And Christianity Today didn’t like it, especially when he pointed to their review as an example of contemporary evangelicalism’s inability to exercise discernment. This post is not about that. For the record, I have not seen […]

Open Mic: What If?

From Chaplain Mike. A difficult conversation today brought to mind Luther’s Small Catechism and what it has to say about the Eighth Commandment: The Eighth Commandment. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. What does this mean? Answer. We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or […]

Positive Press for Evangelicals

Noted by Chaplain Mike… You might be surprised to find a positive, affirming article about evangelicals in the secular press, but Nicholas D. Kristoff of the New York Times wrote an op-ed this weekend called “Learning from the Sin of Sodom” that praises evangelicals such as World Vision for the excellent work they are doing […]

Open Mic: What Have We Wrought?

This brief video from The BioLogos Foundation features Os Guiness talking about “Science and Faith in the Front Lines of the Culture Wars.” Watch it and let’s have a discussion. Guiness says, “In many ways, the new atheists are partly created by the Religious Right. You can see that in America there is no vehement […]

Practice Resurrection, part three

Chaplain Mike continues his response to this new book. We’re back after a break to resume our introduction to and consideration of Eugene Peterson’s latest book. Practice Resurrection is a theological conversation on growing to maturity in Christ, based on a study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In concluding his introduction to the epistle, […]

The Bible: Rated “R”

Today’s post is from Chaplain Mike. Ok. So, let’s get real about the Bible. A lot of folks have a mistaken and inadequate understanding of what the Bible is like and what it contains. I agree with author Frederick Buechner, who says: When a minister reads out of the Bible, I am sure that at […]