July 23, 2017

A Parable for our Seeker-Sensitive, Purpose-Driven, Church Growth Oriented Friends

Once upon a time, there was a village that had a great heritage of education among its citizens. For many years, the community had wonderful schools, but more importantly, great scholars, statesmen, artists and educators. … [Continue reading...]

A Rigney Read for the Fourth

Reading this story on a Patriotic Rally sponsored by a Lexington Baptist Church, I was reminded of one of my favorite Internet Monk essays: Christianity and Patriotism by IM contributor eric rigney. This was written several years … [Continue reading...]

300 pages into “My Life”

Yes, I'm reading Bill Clinton's "My Life." I'm 300 pages into the ex-President's magnum opus autobiography, and he just got booted out of the governor's mansion by the voters of Arkansas. He learned a thing or two about how rural … [Continue reading...]

Pit Stop Update : You Don’t Make Me Crazy

Time for a "Pit Stop" update. (We'll just give that little title to posts referring back to the original post about my Summer '04 spiritual crisis. I'm not a NASCAR fan, btw, but in baseball we often talk about "fixing the flat," … [Continue reading...]

How we sound to those who don’t believe

Today I listened to the preacher in chapel. Really, really closely for a change. It probably wasn't a good idea. See, God is giving me a gift. I'm starting to hear sermons like non-Christians hear them. I'm starting to feel … [Continue reading...]

The Ten Greatest Baseball Movies of All Time (?)

Christianity Today has some wonderful articles on film these days. (Hats off to CT for the increased attention to what most of us were told would send us straight to hell.) This week they have the "Ten Greatest Baseball Movies of … [Continue reading...]

Wizards or Idiots? It’s your choice

Every time Baptist Press lights one up on the subject of Harry Potter, I want to hit the pause button and ask a few questions. Assume that a child has no one to help him/her understand what they are reading. Should we be more … [Continue reading...]

Patty Loveless in Concert

Denise and I were the guests of friends at the Patty Loveless concert tonight at historic Renfro Valley. I've wanted to see Patty Loveless for years, so this was a nice surprise. Patty is one of the finest voices and song … [Continue reading...]

Do churches and numbers mean anything?

How much comfort should America take from the fact that we are a land of churches and large congregations? Does the presence of churches- especially megachurches- imply the "discipling" of Americans into a Christian faith that … [Continue reading...]

Whither Calvinism?

I'm a bad Calvinist. (UPDATE 4/05. I'm not longer a Calvinist.) Meaning, I'll call myself a Calvinist, but I have more than a few exceptions and quibbles with Calvinism. So when someone in the camp speaks up plainly and says … [Continue reading...]