August 26, 2016

Difficult Scriptures: Luke 12:49-56

I was pressed into service to preach on Sunday because of an illness, and I was delighted (delighted, I say!) to learn that the Gospel text for Sunday was Luke 12:49-56. Oh boy. I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish … [Continue reading...]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 15, 2016

WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH GRACE? Glad you asked. Christians who feel responsible for the “growth” of other Christians. When I was a youth minister charged with turning the rug rats into good little Southern Baptists, my “Grace … [Continue reading...]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 14, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • For is there a thought in the wide world so sweet, As that God has so cared for us, bad as we are, That He thinks of us, plans for us, stoops to entreat, And follows us, wander we … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: August 13, 2016

Welcome to Saturday Ramblings for August 13, 2016. Since we looked at the restoration of Elvis's BMW last Saturday, it made we think, "Surely I can find some pictures by someone who restored an old Nash Rambler!" And that's … [Continue reading...]

Rob Grayson: Metaphysical Jesus

Note from CM: In the light of some of the excellent discussions we've had this week, I thought this piece from our friend across the pond, Rob Grayson, would fit in nicely. Here are some good thoughts to encourage a Jesus-shaped … [Continue reading...]

What is unique about the “Christian Life”?

Yesterday, in our discussion about James, Rocky asked some good questions about distinctions that are sometimes made between Christians and non-Christians and how that doesn't always make sense to him. Christians are called to do … [Continue reading...]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Ten

Wednesdays with James Lesson Ten: The Old "Faith & Works" Debate -- Completely Unnecessary We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James today. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Luther on Good Works

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love. • Galatians 5:2, NRSV For Christ at the last day will not ask how much you have prayed, … [Continue reading...]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 8, 2016

Note from CM: One of the chief characteristics of Michael Spencer’s life, ministry, and writing was his emphasis on grace. On Mondays for a season, we are drawing from his writings on the subject. • • • For me, the Gospel itself … [Continue reading...]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 7, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Sonnet Forty I understand that matter can be changed To energy; that maths can integrate The complex quantum jumps that must relate The fusion of the stars to history's page. I … [Continue reading...]