August 21, 2014

Surprising Encouragement

Just a couple of stories about the grace that's all around us, that appears in small ways, and might appear more often if we prayed and took notice of where Jesus said the Kingdom appears. I. On Thursday, almost everyone I … [Continue reading...]

New stuff at JSS + Thanks David Z

There's new writing at Jesus Shaped Spirituality: The Jesus Question and A Note to Todd Bentley. I received a wonderful "Wish List" package from IM reader David Z in Australia, but no email address anywhere. So thank you, … [Continue reading...]

The Church Membership Question: What I Believe

There's one more interview out there in this series, but I don't know when it's going to arrive, so this will be the "closer" for now. Thanks to everyone for reading, linking and commenting. Here is the original goal of this … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #107

Some thoughts on the worship wars, the diversity in a hymnal and the value of traditional church membership. Check out my other blog at Jesus Shaped Spirituality. Our sponsor, New Reformation Press. Music by Rhodes, Sun … [Continue reading...]

Miscellaneous, This and That, Etc.

Some random things that some of you will be interested in: 1) Church Membership Series: I have a summary post I want to write and then there is one more interview, but I don't know when the interview will arrive in my mailbox. … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation and Review: Heaven Misplaced by Douglas Wilson

When you hear the term "postmillennialism," what comes to your mind? The church taking over society? Naive optimism? A failure to notice that the world is getting worse and worse, not better and better? Discussions in print … [Continue reading...]

The Church Membership Question: Interview with Pastor Kevin Hash

UPDATE: Read Kevin in the comments. He is talking about what the SBC needs to hear. Time for our second interview on "The Church Membership Question." Our focus today is on the practical side. How are these issues worked out in … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 08:12:08: Ray Ortlund on The Dark Knight

UPDATE: When we get more comments on Ray Ortlund not liking Batman than we get on the Church Membership posts, you folks will have proved my point, and you will all have to buy me a gift. Ray Ortlund says he wasted $6.25 (!) on … [Continue reading...]

The Church Membership Question: Open Thread on Frank Viola’s “Why I Left The Institutional Church.”

Perhaps the most talked about recent challenge to the traditional, institutional church comes from "organic" church advocate Frank Viola. In a recent article at The Ooze, Frank chronicled his reasons for leaving the … [Continue reading...]

Baptist Holy Days of (Guilt and) Obligation

My wife sent me an email this morning.I keep forgetting to tell you that there's an obligatory Mass this week (for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.) St. Ann is celebrating Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and St. … [Continue reading...]