November 18, 2017

Is Reich Right?

In the interesting and significant file is the rhetoric of Robert Reich on the “Coming War Between Conservative Christians and Freedom Loving Liberals.” NRO summarizes the Reich article in The American Prospect: The great conflict of the 21st century will not be between the West and terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic, not a belief. The […]

How we sound to those who don’t believe

Today I listened to the preacher in chapel. Really, really closely for a change. It probably wasn’t a good idea. See, God is giving me a gift. I’m starting to hear sermons like non-Christians hear them. I’m starting to feel what they feel, and it’s disconcerting. It’s scarey. Some of my Christian friends won’t like […]

The Ten Greatest Baseball Movies of All Time (?)

Christianity Today has some wonderful articles on film these days. (Hats off to CT for the increased attention to what most of us were told would send us straight to hell.) This week they have the “Ten Greatest Baseball Movies of All Time.” Since baseball is my therapy, and I want more of my peers […]

Patty Loveless in Concert

Denise and I were the guests of friends at the Patty Loveless concert tonight at historic Renfro Valley. I’ve wanted to see Patty Loveless for years, so this was a nice surprise. Patty is one of the finest voices and song crafters in country music. She’s from Pikeville and Elkhorn City here in Kentucky, and […]

Do churches and numbers mean anything?

How much comfort should America take from the fact that we are a land of churches and large congregations? Does the presence of churches- especially megachurches- imply the “discipling” of Americans into a Christian faith that effects lives and culture? Do the crowds we see filling churches, stadiums and Christian events really signal a “Christian […]

The Lying Guy

Eric Rigney has a blog, which I promise will be worth a stop every so often. I know this fellow who lies. Not a lot, not in big ways, but in the same ways I was frequently guilty of lying as a young man. Exaggeration. Bragging a falsehood. Crossing the line from wishful thinking to […]

It’s getting a little hot in here….in worship, that is.

Josh said it in his usual blunt manner, but he’s right. I said it months ago in this IM piece on romanticism in worship. S.M. Hutcheons absolutely beats it like a drum in a recent article in Touchstone. Larknews parodied it dead on last year.

What About Christians in the Public Schools?

My friend Steve Mcfarland has written a provocative and impassioned plea from a Christian in the public schools. Steve is asking his fellow Christians to not abandon one part of the culture- the public schools where millions of Christians work, millions of Christian kids attend, and millions of lost, hurting students need our help. A […]

A Rant on The Baptism

A Rant of mine from the BHT. About the Pentecostal/Charismatic view of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The iMonk rants on the Baptism in/with/of/by the HS. (I was a bit cranky.) The innovation of the Baptism in/with/by/of the HS (BHS from now on) as a separate experience from salvation is one of the great […]

A Small Church Tragedy

A Small Church Tragedy I’m back. I want to talk about a story from back home in my hometown, Owensboro, Kentucky. I wish I could link the newspaper account of this story, but it’s under a registration page, so you will just have to trust me on this one. The church is Wing Avenue Baptist […]