June 30, 2015

The Church: Flawed and Finished (5)

This is the last post on the subject of the Church: Flawed and Finished. The others are directly below. I will be doing an F.A.Q. post on the topic. 1, 2, 3, 4. What is the connection between the flawed church in history and … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: Lessons From A Fight

Since it's Lent, the lectionary text was Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus' test in the wilderness. I chose a bit of an imaginative beginning, made sure I anchored this story in the Gospel, then used it as a window to talk about the … [Continue reading...]

The Church: Flawed and Finished (4)

Before moving on into more posts on the relationship of the historical church and the ideal church, I want to ask and briefly answer some questions. 1. To what extent is the historical church flawed? Like the human beings … [Continue reading...]

The Church: Flawed and Finished (3)

This series looks at how imperfect and flawed congregations can possibly be the church of Jesus. The first two posts in the series are here and here. When scripture speaks of the church in ideal terms, it is always from the … [Continue reading...]

The Church: Flawed and Finished (2)

The introduction to this series is here. I was somewhat "motivated" recently when a Protestant convert on EWTN said "Protestants have Christ, but they don't have his bride." I found the statement quite.....interesting, especially … [Continue reading...]

The Church: Flawed and Finished (1)

Some recent comments on EWTN drove me back to my Bible and some time thinking through my concept of how the church is both fallible and perfect; flawed and finished; historical and eternal. I'll share several brief posts walking … [Continue reading...]

For Ash Wednesday: The Prayer of Manasseh

O Lord, Almighty God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of their righteous seed; who hast made heaven and earth, with all the ornament thereof; who hast bound the sea by the word of thy commandment; who hast shut up … [Continue reading...]

Converting the Consumers: Directions for the Lenten Journey

At the ministry where I work, we have a little guy I'll call "Charles." A middle-schooler growing into a young man. Charles is a church kid, and he's a Christian. He's also very, very serious about impressing the adult … [Continue reading...]

iMonk 101: Can I Have My Bible Back? A Guest Post by Joel Hunter

UPDATE: Joel has made an extensive explanation and defense of his "Story or proposition?" argument from this post over at the Boar's Head. Be sure and check it out if you've read this. I'll be back to blogging in a day or so, … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: You Got Schooled

UPDATE: To those of you writing me wondering about the day, check the Revised Common Lectionary. Today is transfiguration Sunday, and that's what I preached about. Matthew 17:1-9, but some in Matthew 16, too. I tried to give … [Continue reading...]