August 15, 2018

The Curse of Knowledge – Part 2

Last week I listed off some of theological beliefs that I had come to over the years, and described how that made if difficult for me to find a church. This week I wanted to respond to a number of the insightful comments that I received and carry on the conversation.  As usual my Fridays […]

The Curse of Knowledge

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17 – NIV I know too much. My theological […]

Into the Wilderness…

I left a good church last month. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Why do I call it good? It was full of people whose hearts were in the right place. The leadership was comprised of quality individuals. It was a church that wasn’t satisfied with the status […]

Nostalgia. As bad as relevance.

Nostalgia. It’s as bad for you as “relevance.” Sunday in church, the pianist played a lovely arrangement of the old Maranatha! chorus, “I Love You, Lord.” Then in response, we sang another chorus that has been a big part of my adult Christian experience, “Give Thanks.” In the more traditional service at our church, we sprinkle […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: February 15, 2015

Note from CM: In 2015 we will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Today, we continue our “Sundays with Michael” series with an excerpt from a post that was originally published in February 2008. The post was part one of a series Michael did, called, “The Church: Flawed and Finished.” • […]

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 […]

Adam Palmer: Embracing and Excluding

Our churches have a people problem. I’m as guilty as anyone, I guess. I would consider myself a “progressive” person, fairly open-handed in my theology, craving diversity when I gather with the church on Sunday morning. I want these things, sure. If they were to show up on the doorstep of our church’s gathering place, […]

What can you do with a General?

What can you do with a General When he stops being a General? • Irving Berlin The other day, my friend John Armstrong posted the following status on Facebook. This pastor’s story elicited a large number of comments, and rightly so. Though quite different in detail, his experience reminded me of my own journey of […]

Daniel Grothe: A Pastor’s Midnight Musings

A Pastor’s Midnight Musings By Daniel Grothe It’s midnight, and my wife and three kids are sound asleep. Another Sunday night walk is in the books. I’m a pastor; that’s what I do. Yes, today was the day, the Lord’s Day, the one day each week when Christians from the four winds of our city […]

My Ancestors’ (not so great) Interaction with the Church (Part 2 – Dress Code Excommunication)

My Grandmother, Lois Grace Frey, was an extraordinary women. Her parents were pioneering missionaries to Africa with the Brethren in Christ in 1905. The Brethren in Christ were a branch of the Mennonite tree, with Wesleyan influences. My Great-grandfather, Harvey Jacob Frey, founded Mtshabezi mission in what is now known as Zimbabwe where he established […]