November 29, 2015

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...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: November 8, 2015

Note from CM: The other day I told my wife that it was probably time to empty the lateral file that sits in our bedroom. It has a blanket over it and our TV and other AV equipment sits on top of it now. Hidden beneath the blanket … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: November 7, 2015

Dark November is advancing and so I've chosen a black beauty of a Rambler for us to ramble about in today. Isn't this '57 wagon magnificent? Well, what are you waiting for? Hop in, and let's ramble! Since we are rapidly … [Continue reading...]

The communion of saints

I believe . . . in the communion of saints • The Apostles' Creed • • • One of the basic teachings of Christianity that I turn to often in my work as a hospice chaplain is that of the communion of saints. It comes to mind often … [Continue reading...]

“The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life”

This is our hope: Words emerge from silence, the silence remains. • Wendell Berry • • • It doesn't get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up … [Continue reading...]

Questions about Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Now before I became a Christian I was under the impression that the first thing Christians had to believe was one particular theory as to what the point of [Jesus'] dying was. According to that theory God wanted to punish men for … [Continue reading...]

Discussing Scot McKnight’s “How Our Culture Challenges Church”

American culture challenges the church at its deepest levels. In the church the authority is God in Christ through the Spirit but in culture authority resides in the individual and in the will of “we the people.” • Scot … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Saints with two left feet

"All Saints Day is a witness to God's way of blessing the world..." (David Thiede) Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn't God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren't they the ones who will inherit the … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: November 1, 2015

A church-planting friend just wrote me about a conference he’s attended in one of our state Baptist conventions. Plant those churches, boys, was the rallying cry, but stay out of those pubs. Take the Gospel into the world, but … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: October 31, 2015 — Scariest Creatures Alive Edition

Need a classy vehicle in which to take the little ones Trick-or-Treating tonight? Ditch that SUV and pile them into this sweet '59 Ambassador Cross Country so they can fill it and themselves with candy and laughter. It's … [Continue reading...]