November 19, 2017

A Generous Catholicity

We like the creeds....except for the catholic parts. "I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints..." -The Apostle's Creed "And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I … [Continue reading...]

Three Questions About a “Secret” Rapture

UPDATE: Jason Boyett's "Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse" is a great book for anyone interested in the basics of evangelical apocalyptic eschatology. Advocates of the rapture make much of the texts in Luke and Matthew that speak … [Continue reading...]

What’s Wrong With The Sermon? V: “More stories please!”

The series to this point: Whatâ�?��?�s Wrong With The Sermon?: It's Too Long. Whatâ�?��?�s Wrong With The Sermon? II: It's Boring. Whatâ�?��?�s Wrong With The Sermon? III: "I don't understand it." Whatâ�?��?�s Wrong With … [Continue reading...]

Review: Jesus and The Victory of God by N.T. Wright

For the past year, I've been reading N.T. Wright more than any other author. His "big books" have been mountains that I was determined to climb carefully and thoroughly. Today I finished what easily goes to the top of my list of … [Continue reading...]

What’s Wrong With The Sermon? IV: “It isn’t practical.”

The Gospel leads us to practical discipleship, but it doesn't create a religion of simplistic success principles. Good preaching leads to practical application without obscuring the Gospel itself. To gain some idea of the state … [Continue reading...]

Southern Baptists and Charismatics: What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

Are current fears of Pentecostal/charismatic Christianity among Southern Baptists reasonable or ridiculous? I first bumped into the charismatic renewal movement in the early 1970's. Episcopalian friends were going to a … [Continue reading...]

Review: Promises Kept by Mark Dever

Mark Dever is pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., a member of the Founder's Ministries inner circle, an accomplished Puritan scholar, director and resident scholar at 9 Marks Ministries, seminary professor, … [Continue reading...]

Brilliant!

The Southern Baptist International Mission Board's new guidelines for missionary appointment set the standard for meddling innovation. Best way to get up to speed on this story is to read this piece from the Oklahoma Baptist … [Continue reading...]

What’s Wrong With The Sermon? III: “I don’t understand it.”

The third in a series of posts examining the basics of good contemporary preaching. This post is not about people whose communication skills are too poor to get the job done. If you are ignorant, or mumble or can't get a talk … [Continue reading...]

More Thoughts On The Emerging Church

When did "emerging" get to mean something that was so clearly, definitely bad? When did we all agree that "emerging" means wrong about everything? I thought "emerging" was an approach, a "style," not a theological confession. … [Continue reading...]