October 21, 2017

The Choice, The Treasure: Calvinism and the Language of Believing

When I first encountered Calvinism in a Southern Baptist Church, it was with several of my church members criticizing the use of the public invitation. Particularly, they objected strongly to my use of any appeal to “decide” or “choose” in any way. [I generally avoid the use of the public invitation in the way I […]

Riffs: 3:24:07: A “Post-Christian” Confessional at The Parish

BHT fellow Tom Hinkle reposts this confessional piece from a blogger at “The Parish.” If you want to read 1) the TR version of where the emerging church is going or 2) my opinion of what much of evangelical fundamentalism is producing, then this is your piece. It’s a rant, it’s honest, it’s harrowing, it’s […]

The Strange Case of the Missing Scripture Lessons

Josh at eucatastrophe and Pirate (at the BHT) have been writing about the public reading of scripture, something that is strangely absent in the worship and preaching of the vast majority of evangelicals. If you wanted examples of preaching that completely left out the Bible and any reasonable use of it, I could keep you […]

Missional Leaders: Right There All Along?

Hmmmm. He doesn’t look like he’s trying to be cool. Is this the face of the controversial and misunderstood missional church leader we keep talking about? Could it be that “missional” leaders have been right there all along, but our hang-ups on the subjects of culturally compromised churches led by twenty-somethings have fogged our vision? […]

Photoshopping Luther

The longer I observe evangelicals, the more astonished I am that anyone among them could, with a straight face, ever criticize the Roman Catholic church for paying too much attention to “the saints.” The evangelical focus on personalities, past and present, can’t be too far behind any Roman Catholic veneration of the saints. For example, […]

Thoughts on Weekly Communion

In June of last year, I began taking the Lord’s Supper weekly. I’d like to write about what this has meant to me, and to the community of worshipping Christians that I lead. My Southern Baptist tradition has been de-emphasizing the Lord’s Supper for a good deal of its recent history. This has not been […]

Honor to Whom Honor Is Due: Dr. Timothy George

Dr. Timothy George gave a presentation at Union University last week called “Is Jesus A Baptist?” (It was renamed. Ignore the title.) The entire talk is a compelling and outstanding exploration of what Baptists are facing in the post-denominational age. The first part, which is autobiographical, is deeply touching and relevant to anyone who cares […]

Thoughts For a Young Poet

That’s not Clay. Sorry. I have a son who is showing signs of being a poet. He may be a teacher or a writer, but as of today, his most evident gifts are poetic. Everyone who has read or heard his work has been impressed. I’m not exactly unbiased, but I’ve found some of his […]

“Do You Know About This?”

A story about why I am spending my life to preach the Gospel and laboring to help others do the same. One of the things I’m known for around our school is my insistence that the preachers who share the chapel pulpit with me preach the Gospel. If you’re an IM reader, you’ve probably read […]

Alastair “Adversaria” Roberts: The IM Interview

1. Let’s start with the essential bio: Who are you, where are you, how’d you get there and what are you doing with yourself? Most people who know me will know me from my blog, Alastair.Adversaria, which I created shortly after I started studying in the University of St. Andrews, in October 2005. Before I […]