Oh my, this is funny. Being “post-evangelical” means moving away from a culture, and cultures have their languages, cliches, and insider ways of communicating. Conforming to these verbal standards marks one as an insider and makes others feel reassured that we’re all on the same team. But after awhile, it can sound so lame. And [...]
Sad to say, I have not even seen one of the motion pictures that are up for Best Picture at tonight’s Academy Awards. Here is the list: Amour Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Honestly, “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” and “Amour” [...]
The parishioners of St. Mary’s and St. Andrew’s in the Chelmsford Diocese of the Church of England have been having a hard time filling their pastoral vacancy. So they put together this short video describing the charms of their setting. Charming indeed!
My reading this week could not be more bipolar. Not only am I reading about Steve Jobs and corporate leadership in America, I am also reading Becoming Human by Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, which has communities around the world where people live with and among the developmentally disabled. In preparation for more discussion in days to [...]
Promethean Faith by Daniel Jepsen * * * I saw the SF movie Prometheus last week. I won’t review it or summarize it here except to note that it featured a creature far rarer than aliens in Hollywood’s universe: a practicing Christian. She is even portrayed in a positive light, and is, in fact, something [...]
As a hospice chaplain, I work with a lot of older people. Lord willing, I will one day become “elderly” myself, as will most of us. Growing older, of course, has its own unique challenges, as does every season of life. If we face those challenges with God’s grace, we will be able to see [...]
Several people have called my attention to this great video of N.T. Wright singing a song about Genesis to the tune of the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” Nice job, Tom. But I gotta get me one of those “double helix” guitars!
I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died, and the very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. (Romans 7:9-10, NRSV) • • • There was a time in the United States when Christians got deeply involved in the political process over [...]
By Chaplain Mike A song calling the church to come as one to praise Christ, by one of our best contemporary hymn-writers, Stuart Townend, and performed in concert by Keith and Kristyn Getty.
By Chaplain Mike “It is in these things, then, that our distinctive humanness lies, in our God-given capacities to think, to choose, to create, to love and to worship.” • John Stott, The Contemporary Christian, p. 39 Here is a prime example of the gentle, eloquent wisdom of Dr. John Stott. When asked, “When do [...]