November 28, 2015

Church Growth: the Organization

Church growth thinking is alive and well, and in the eyes of many, successful. And I suppose it is from a certain perspective. Here is Outreach Magazine's list of the ten largest churches in the U.S. in 2014: If my … [Continue reading...]

A Parable of Wrestling

For your meditation and contemplation today, this parable told by Ron Rolheiser: In his autobiography, the renowned writer Nikos Kazantzakis shares a conversation he had with an old monk named Father Makários. Sitting with the … [Continue reading...]

Doing Jesus’ work in Jesus’ way

The Beatitudes Jesus taught come to us in two parts. The first four Beatitudes describe the surprising recipients of God's favor. Blessed are the poor in spirit Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are the meek Blessed … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: November 15, 2015

Today in chapel, one of my co-workers told his life story. That’s pretty common at our ministry, but this was anything but common. Doc [not his real name] came to us about three years ago, along with his new bride. Middle-aged … [Continue reading...]

A Day of Silence and Prayer for Paris and all Peace-loving People

We will not have Saturday Ramblings today. Instead, we urge silence and prayers for our friends in France, who have suffered tremendously over the past 24 hours. Sadly, we could do this every week, because it seems that … [Continue reading...]

Memes won’t do

See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. • Matthew 10:16 • • • Christians are naive, maybe hopelessly naive. Failing to heed Jesus' counsel to be wise as they … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic: Faith and Military Service

Yesterday was Veterans Day here in the U.S., a day to thank those who have served our country in the military. I read an interesting piece by Tobin Grant at RNS which suggests that religious people (Christians, in the research) … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Examine Yourself?

A man named Andrew contributed a short story on about hypochondria. In it, he wrote: Today I have lymphoma. Yesterday was bowel cancer. I curiously palpate my underarms, searching for that slippery lump, stealthily … [Continue reading...]

Richard Beck on a faith of deepening contrasts

The following is a quote from a recent post by Richard Beck at his blog, Experimental Theology. I encourage you to click the link and read the entire piece. It's especially fun the way he teases out his point with references to … [Continue reading...]

Rejoicing in the Lord is your strength

The other day, as I was working on one of my books, a book for caregivers, I decided to do a chapter on how maintaining a spirit of joy can strengthen us in the midst of difficult circumstances. My text, of course, was Nehemiah … [Continue reading...]