July 3, 2015

Forgiveness: Should it be the first word?

Historically, black churches have nurtured the politics of forgiveness so that black people can anticipate divine justice and liberation in the next life. This sentiment shaped non-violent protest during the civil rights movement. … [Continue reading...]

Merton on Contemplation (1)

The curious state of alienation and confusion of man in modern society is perhaps more "bearable" because it is lived in common, with a multitude of distractions and escapes -- and also with opportunities for fruitful action and … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 21,2015. Father’s Day Edition

From CM: This is one story I always think about around Father’s Day. Thank you, Michael. • • • When I was twelve years old, my father bought a small aluminum boat, just enough for two people to use for fishing in the local … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, June 20, 2015

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? First, some good news for the Democrats: Donald Trump and Donald Trump's hair are running for the Republican nomination (despite having by far the most unfavorable … [Continue reading...]

Pete Enns: 4 thoughts about the Bible as a “human book”

Christians confess the Bible as “God’s word,” which means (among other things) that God had something to do with the production of it–though, the honest person will admit, we don’t really know nor can we adequately articulate what … [Continue reading...]

Mark

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? • James 2:5, NRSV • • • We stood and sat on a … [Continue reading...]

Damaris Zehner: My Dysfunctional Relationship with God

My Dysfunctional Relationship with God By Damaris Zehner Have you ever been in a dysfunctional relationship?  Of course you have.  They are part of the sad reality of life in this world.  I’ve been in several.  Most, I’m … [Continue reading...]

Just in case you’re wondering . . . mission

Just in case you're wondering . . . I believe in Christian mission. One of the greatest debts I owe to my evangelical background is that it gave me a heart to serve others. To be sure, I have often been critical of … [Continue reading...]

Just in case you’re wondering . . . holiness

If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations, “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”? All these regulations refer to … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 14, 2015

Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. John 7:37: On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. … [Continue reading...]