March 23, 2018

General Joyce Conquers The World! (Impressions from my bookstore visit.)

UPDATE: Tim Challies has just posted an amazing bit on the inner-workings of church marketing. If there are doubters out there about how we are perceived by the Publishing interests, this will sober you up. Required reading. Some of my long time readers may remember that in a long-forgotten fit of exuberance, I swore off […]

Questions about the journey: If you started at a different place, would you still be here?

In all of my recent “conversations” with my reformed friends and detractors, I’ve had one question that I’ve really wanted to ask. It occured to me as we were talking about my acceptance of my Roman Catholic friends as fellow Christians, but it really goes to a certain kind of perspective on your own journey. […]

The Questions Belong To All Of Us

It’s not often that I use IM as a place to point my readers to other blogs, but I will make a much-deserved exception for Jordan Cooper’s deft and on-target analysis called “The Threat That Is The Emerging Church.” You must read the post and consider his major points because he is starting to make […]

Ink Blot Church

God is like a Rorschach test. You know, the ink blot test, where you look at an image that really presents nothing coherent, and you describe what you see. Kind of like looking at clouds and talking about what you see.

I’m Not Like You: An Apologia to My Readers (Calvinists especially)

My Calvinistic and Reformed friends. If we are still on speaking terms, I need to say something to you. I am not like you. That’s not an attitude of condescension, it’s just a fact that I need to bring to the front of our relationship. You are writing me letters and notes about N.T. Wright, […]

The River is Deep; The River is Wide: How I Made My Peace With The Roman Catholic Church

NOTE: This piece is similar to an essay on Catholicism I wrote two years ago, but the differences are significant. Read them both. There has been some evolution in the meantime. My apologies to the Catholic bashers who will get upset at this piece. Maybe you shouldn’t read it. I was born in 1956, so […]

Dobson Doesn’t Represent Me

The discussion at the BHT these days has drifted towards James Dobson, and I finally posted how I feel about this good man who doesn’t represent me and my views most of the time. Criticizing anything about Dobson brings on the mail, so keep those cards and letters coming. Update: What do I believe about […]

The Laughter Just Beyond The Door

When I was a little boy, we lived in a very small house, and my bedroom was connected to the living room by one door. My bed was in the corner of this big bedroom, and I would go to bed- depending on my age- at 8 or 9 or 10. And I would lay […]

What’s best for the children: A story about Bob

Somewhere in this world, there is a guy named Bob. Bob is a Christian. Married. Couple of small kids. He’s got the family every church wants. And that is the problem. Every church in town has a children’s program for Bob’s kids. There’s a clown at this church, pizza at that one, a children’s choir […]

What He Believed, He Lived: A Tribute to the Rev. W.O. Spencer

On Sunday morning, January 9th, 2005, my uncle, the Rev. Willie Offutt “W.O.” Spencer came to the end of his earthly journey. He was 88 years old. Married to my Aunt Dot for 67 years, pastor of my home church- Hall Street Baptist- for 25 years, and active in the ministry for over 50 years. […]