September 19, 2018

Message to Tom Ascol: Write the Book

UPDATE: Go into the comments and read the post by Pastor Scott Dontanville. Just go read it. For those of you who are going to write me a hurt/angry note saying I’m picking on your church, I’m not. And if I am, I don’t know you anyway, so there’s no need to complain. I just […]

Five Good Thoughts About Evangelicals

Since I’m newly installed in my permanent pew near the back row of my local SBC church, I’ve been trying to think good thoughts about evangelicals. Given the history of this blog and the general tone of my thinking about Christianity, this has taken some discipline. It’s been remarkable, however, how quickly I have remembered […]

Four Questions: Steve Sensenig on Worship and Music

Steve Sensenig is a blogger ( and contributor to many good blog discussions. He’s also a musician who has served in various capacities in several different ministries in a wide range of styles from very traditional to very contemporary. Steve is a recording artist, and has also spent some time in the Christian music industry […]

Gospel Relevance=Gospel Application

Studying Acts with my students, it’s freshly clear to me that the immediate struggle of the early Christians was not only, or even particularly, theological, but practical. How do we live out, in the church, family, community and world, the significance of Jesus NOW? What kind of behavior, actions and community appear in “”the Kingdom […]

Southern Baptists and the Emerging Church: Friends or Foes?

Mark DeVine, theology professor from Midwestern Seminary (and a man who knows his Barth), has looked seriously and deeply at the emerging church and suggests some directions for SBC interaction, avoidance and further study. A measured and competent essay, worth your time. [Or you can watch the video below. It’s more of a summary of […]

Evangelical Anxieties 7: Our Children

Here are the previous six posts in the Evangelical Anxieties series. There will be several more. This isn’t even close to the final version I want of this post, but I may not get back to it for a while. So this will have to do for now. Worrying about our children has been an […]

Guess what this atheist heard in church?

“Before I restart the “Evangelical Anxieties series, here are words from an atheist who visited some 30 churches. Clearly, most churches have aligned themselves against non-religious people. By adopting this stance, Christians have turned off the people I would think they want to connect with. The combative stance I’ve observed is an approach that causes […]

Evangelical Anxieties 6: Culture

Christians always live in a culture. Sometimes that culture has been, in some way, a “Christian” culture. In most instances, Christians have existed in a culture that did not share an appreciation or endorsement of their worldview. Determining how to live in culture, and to what extent that culture will influence us, has always been […]

Evangelical Anxieties 5: The End of the World

There’s not a lot that I like about the Appalachian mountain version of Christianity that surrounds me here in southeastern Kentucky, but at the top of a short list is their attitude toward the end of the world. They aren’t afraid of it. They have a good idea what’s going to go on. They believe […]

Evangelical Anxieties 4: Does God’s Judgment Make Christianity a Religion of Fear?

Evangelical Anxieties is a series of posts on the growing phenomenon of fear as a major component of the faith of evangelical Christians. It might seem that the subject of judgment is so similar to the subject of hell that a separate post would be inappropriate. In some ways, that would be true, but the […]