April 19, 2014

iMonk 101: Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs: How Rightly Approaching the Bible Shapes the Entire Christian Life

Here's one of my favorite major essays on Biblical interpretation. Lots of important ideas here that I've put together in my own approach to scripture. Yes, it's a long one, but I think it will be worth the time for those … [Continue reading...]

No Jesus Needed

Read the original (written back when I was a Calvinist): On Christless Preaching. Recently I was traveling to a conference with a friend, and I listened to a sermon. Preached by a Christian, a Baptist, a minister at a church, a … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation: Beyond Smells and Bells by Mark Galli

Mark Galli: Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy Well....just go buy this book. I know you plan on buying some other book about things you already know, but you need this book, because it’s … [Continue reading...]

Too Much Heaven? (3): Heaven and Evangelism

I think it’s telling that the two most prolific evangelism programs in evangelicalism both approach their audience with questions that Jesus never used. “Do you know that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your … [Continue reading...]

Internet Radio Podcast #93

Fundamentalism, Heaven-centered religion and post-evangelicalism. Clark Bunch You all need to buy "The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church" and more Reformation theology gifts from New Reformation Press. … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation and Review: Surprised By Hope by N.T. Wright

UPDATE: I agree with Doug Wilson that Wright's lefty politics is a considerably different matter than his theology in this book. With Surprised by Hope, N.T. Wright has done several important things. He has written perhaps … [Continue reading...]

Too Much Heaven? Part 2: Heaven and Earth

UPDATE: Here's a post that has a perfect feel for the idea of heaven that I grew up around- and that still surrounds me here in the mountains. (PHC= Pentecostal Holiness Church.) The message of many evangelistically focused … [Continue reading...]

Too Much Heaven?

(Yes, Virginia, there's a review of N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope coming very soon.) I grew up and was formed in a version of the Christian tradition that practiced a remarkably simple form of Christianity. It was about … [Continue reading...]

A Response to Nicki: Acceptance (3)

In my last response to commenter Nicki, I want to open up some of the difficulties that flow from her call for embracing homosexuals on the terms which they want. Nicki wroteUntil Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender persons … [Continue reading...]

A Response to Nicki (Part 2): The Bible and How We Interpret It

Nicki is a commenter at the post What Do Gays And Lesbians Hear? She made some excellent points that deserve response. I appreciate the constructive conversation, and especially the participation of gay friends. I quote again … [Continue reading...]