October 19, 2017

Eugene Peterson: “Nothing disembodied, nothing impersonal, nothing in general”

Theology is about God, and God is Spirit — so why the adjective [“spiritual” theology]? Maybe because we have accumulated a lot of experience in the Christian community of persons treating theology as a subject in which God is studied in the ways we are taught to study in our schools—acquiring information that we can […]

What’s Being Said about the SGM Scandal

UPDATE: Today, Rachel Held Evans posted on this subject as well, saying something extremely important that we affirm as well: we support and love the survivors of abuse, and pray with you for justice and peace. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God to put things right, for they will be satisfied” (Matt. […]

Ageism in the Church?

Some days more than others, and for various reasons, I’m glad I’m not a Methodist anymore. No, seriously, the trend this article from CT’s Live Blog reports is happening in many church bodies and denominations. I wonder what you think of it. As for me, I’m all for young pastors — after all, I was […]

Silence, Tears, Prayers, Practical Support

The title expresses the only four responses appropriate in the light of Monday’s storms that devastated Moore, Oklahoma. O God our refuge and strength our present help in time of trouble, surround all who are affected by the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma with your care; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (ELCA […]

So, How’s the Catholic Church Really Doing?

The Vatican released information Monday from the 2013 Statistical Yearbook of the Church that challenges the perception many have (particularly in Europe and the U.S.) that the Roman Catholic Church is in a period of decline. In March, Catholic Voices Comment proclaimed: “Viewed globally the Church experienced  a spectacular growth over the twentieth century which shows […]

Dallas Willard — 1935-2013

From an IVP Press Release (click link for full text): Dallas Willard, renowned teacher, acclaimed writer and one of our most brilliant Christian thinkers, died of cancer May 8, 2013. He was 77. “This morning our wonderful teacher and friend awakened to the full goodness of the Kingdom of the Heavens he had described so […]

A Simple Man with a Song

George Beverly Shea, the gospel singer best known for singing on Moody Radio and at Billy Graham’s crusades, died yesterday at the age of 104. You can read the full obituary and tributes HERE. Here is the simple song that became his testimony of faith. Rest well in Jesus, Bev.  

Brennan Manning

Brennan Manning April 27, 1934 – April 12, 2013 “Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.” Richard Francis Xavier Manning, better known to legions of faithful readers as author, speaker, and contemplative Brennan […]

Iconographers at Work

I hadn’t expected to be talking about church architecture and art this week. But that was changed when I saw the 60 Minutes segment we talked about this morning and the following video from our local newspaper. It’s about iconographers from Greece who are painting in the Byzantine style in the interior of the Holy […]

God’s Majesty on Display in Barcelona

Since watching 60 Minutes Sunday night, I have not been able to stop thinking about the majestic vision portrayed in the show’s piece about one of the most remarkable buildings ever built by human hands: The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. The church was begun on March 19, 1882 by architect […]