February 12, 2016

Sabbatical Journal: The End/The Beginning

It's 2:18 p.m. on Sunday, July 13th. The Reds are playing the Brewers. Denise and the dog are catching a nap. I'm getting ready to grill chicken tonight. Looks like it might rain. Tomorrow, my eight weeks of sabbatical are … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: The Briefing on “The Slow Death of Congregational Singing.”

NOTE: Please read the article I'm "riffing" on if you want to comment. I'm sure other people have written about this, but The Briefing has one of the best articles you'll find on what's happening to congregational singing: The … [Continue reading...]

Recommendations: Confessions of a Good Christian Guy by Tom Davis, Good Intentions by Charles North and Bob Smietana

I've got two books to recommend this morning. Both would be helpful to small groups looking for topical resources for discussion and study. The first book is Tom Davis's Confessions of a Good Christian Guy, a book that rings … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation and Review: Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor

If you are in the post-evangelical wilderness, this is a must read. No review can tell you how encouraged you'll be by this story. I've got a lot of brief book reviews to write in the next few weeks to catch up after … [Continue reading...]

For Discussion: Has the Roman Catholic Church Changed Its View on the Salvation of Atheists and Other Religions?

"It [the Church] firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life, but will depart … [Continue reading...]

C. Michael Patton Explains Sola Scriptura

UPDATE: A Catholic Response. C. Michael Patton from The Theology Program and Reclaiming the Mind Ministries has a wonderful series going at Parchment and Pen defending the Protestant stand on Sola Scriptura. Today's episode … [Continue reading...]

Who Translated the New Living Translation? (And More Thoughts on Advocating English Translations)

For starters, let's have a full accounting of my participation in the Great Translation Circus. Right behind me is the Thompson Chain Reference KJV that I used in preaching from high school up into college. Not too far from … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #102

Cornerstone 08 reflections; What God's shown me on my sabbatical; Dispatches from the Evangelical Wilderness Seminar Part 1 Intro music by Rhodes. Closing music by Randy Stonehill. You all need to buy "The Gospel for Those … [Continue reading...]

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation Part I (Reflections on Sabbatical and What I Learned)

Technically my sabbatical isn't over for another week, and I won't be working for several more weeks, but I am eager to start writing some of my reflections on this time in my life. On the last day of Cornerstone, as I finished … [Continue reading...]

Sabbatical Update: Beyond Cornerstone (Updated 7/6)

UPDATE: Sunday, July 6. I'm home. Made it back to Louisville Saturday night and then on to southeastern Kentucky Sunday a.m. I have a week of official sabbatical left, but I'm actually off work until the middle of August. So I'll … [Continue reading...]