January 24, 2018

The Baptist Way: The Dire Situation of the Southern Baptist Convention as I See It

One of the reasons I am doing this series of posts on “The Baptist Way” is to face what is going on in Baptist life today: We’re losing our soul and our identity. We’re becoming the very definition of generic evangelicalism. We need to face what’s happening to us and we need to stop it. […]

The Baptist Way: Interview with Dr. Wyman Richardson on Baptists, The Lord’s Supper, Church Discipline and Tradition

Wyman Richardson has served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia, since 2002. He previously pastored churches in Woodstock, GA, and Burneyville, OK. He is the author of Walking Together: A Congregational Reflection on Biblical Church Discipline, which was published in book, Leader’s Guide, and Student Workbook formats by Wipf and Stock […]

Riffs: 5:31:07: Dan Edelen and Evangelicalism’s Loss of “Majesty, Awe and Otherness”

Dan Edelen has once again written a provocative post on the situation in evangelicalism, and I’ve responded to it a bit in podcast 61. But it’s too good a topic not to bat around a bit more. Reacting to the blogosphere blizzard of posts following the return of Francis Beckwith to the Roman Catholic Church, […]

iMonk 101: Pentecost- The Third Great Day.

This is a reprint of an essay I did last year on Pentecost. Since I’ll be hearing nothing about Pentecost in church tomorrow, but about Memorial Day instead, I want to be sure and mark it at home and here on the blog. For a great essay on Pentecost full of material for preaching, visit […]

Five Good Thoughts About Evangelicals

Since I’m newly installed in my permanent pew near the back row of my local SBC church, I’ve been trying to think good thoughts about evangelicals. Given the history of this blog and the general tone of my thinking about Christianity, this has taken some discipline. It’s been remarkable, however, how quickly I have remembered […]

Riffs: 05:12:07: John Dennis on the Life He Didn’t Live…Because He Lived the “Christian” Life

This post is really going to annoy a lot of you, but I want to remind you that this web site is about provocative thinking and writing to get you vitally connected to Jesus. Sometimes, the only way to HEAR something, to really HEAR IT, is to hear it in a way that offends you, […]

Robert Webber is Gone

UPDATE: Trevin Wax has an interview with Dr. Webber. UPDATE 2: David Fitch has a personal tribute. The tireless reclaimer of the Great Tradition and the man who gave post-evangelicalism meaning for thousands of us, is gone to be with the Lord. He passed Friday after a recent serious illness. His book The Majestic Tapestry, […]

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: How Generational Insights Have Gone Overboard

Nothing has been more common in the various debates regarding the future of evangelicalism than the prevalence of generational characteristics put forward as absolute law. In fact, the word “generation,” a good Bible word that emphasized both continuity and discontinuity, has come to mean a kind of discontinuity that renders the average church helpless to […]

Who and What are Forming You?

Every time I feel like I have lost my way in the Christian life, I find myself back looking at monasticism, and the lessons I learned in two decades of reading Thomas Merton. I’m not attracted to Catholicism, but I am very much attracted to the tradition of self-conscious, disciplined spiritual formation into a disciple […]

All the Little Reasons That Matter Too Much: Thoughts on Christian Unity

When you’ve been in the same ministry for fifteen years, experiences tend to repeat themselves. It’s deja vu, only for real. I’m going to tell you about one of those experiences. New staff are always excited about being in Christian service with other believers. Sometimes in those first few weeks, they will look me up. […]