October 24, 2018

Missional Isn’t A Bad Word

"The question is familiar: "What do you mean by missional church?" Even though the term is now used everywhere, there is still confusion about it. As we begin this book, here is a brief description of what we mean by the phrase. … [Continue reading...]

Under the Radar Calvinism: An Ethical Question

Fact: Calvinism is hotly controversial among Southern Baptists. Fact: There are many more Calvinistic ministers than confessionally Calvinistic churches in the SBC. Fact: In an interview process, a candidate has the choice … [Continue reading...]

The Stupids Do New Testament 101

UPDATE: Scot McKnight is doing a series on the Gospel of Judas. This emerging church scholar is as sane and on top of the game as they come. Read his work. The rather sordid recent history of the manuscript. Also: … [Continue reading...]

Witherington on Osteen vs Jesus

God bless Ben Witherington, who takes on the THEOLOGY of Joel Osteen, particularly as it applies to the teaching of Jesus. Thank you, Dr. Witherington, for doing what so few others are willing to do. American Christianity, if … [Continue reading...]

Jesus, Tongue Piercing and The Culture War

[I also dealt with this subject in a previous IM essay.] Col. 2:20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations - 21 "Do not handle, … [Continue reading...]

Serious About Merton?

Then we discover what the spiritual life really is. It is not a matter of doing one good thing rather than another, of praying in one way rather than in another. It is not a matter of any special psychological effect in our own … [Continue reading...]

Remember Osteen? Al Mohler Speaks Up

UPDATE: Dr. Mohler posted on Osteen in June of '05. Thanks for the correction. More than a year after this blog called for the "outing" of Joel Osteen as a motivational speaker pretending to be a Christian pastor, Al Mohler … [Continue reading...]

Postcards To A Young Theologian 4

Postcard 1 Postcard 2 Postcard 3 4. Determine to be part of a community where the concept of leadership is fully New Testament in its understanding of the relation of clergy and laity, and is free from the exaggerated and … [Continue reading...]

Postcards To A Young Theologian 3

Postcard 1 Postcard 2 3. Be honest: Does the logic of a group eventually conclude that other Christians are, in fact, not true believers at all? The Arminian God is not "worshipable." If you believe the doctrines of … [Continue reading...]

Postcards To A Young Theologian 2

Postcard 1 2. Be suspicious of guilt that comes from crossing the perceived boundaries of a group. In between the lines of these epistles from young theologians, there is a common emotion. It is not a front-burner emotion, … [Continue reading...]