October 20, 2018

CT and me on Eldredge

CT has a large article on John Eldredge. I understand where the guys who give me “I hate theology” syndrome get annoyed at Eldredge, but I have to admit a lack of excitement myself, even though much of what he says has a Piperesque quality to it. Dan Allender, one of Eldredge’s mentors during his […]

Is Your Church One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic?

If you really do attend Oakmont Worship Center, this post isn’t necessarily about you. If you attend the majority of America’s megachurches and megachurch-wannabes, it is about you. In a recent issue of Tabletalk magazine, R.C. Sproul Jr. addressed the issue of whether the modern evangelical church has the classic and confessional marks of the […]

The SBC and the BWA: A case of abandoning ship too soon?

To hear the Southern Baptist Convention leadership tell it, the Baptist World Alliance had become intolerable. Taking nearly a million dollars a year from those dear Baptists who really wanted to support Lottie Moon and spending it on an America bashing, liberal seminary supporting, money wasting public relations outfit that no self-respecting SBC fundamentalist would […]

Do Evangelicals believe in hell? Should they?

Dave at the really excellent blog Grace Pages, asks a question that makes the iMonk’s honesty meter go into the red zone: “Do evangelicals believe in Hell?” I must confess that the day I stopped believing in hell — or at least the idea of hell as the eternal, conscious punishment of unbelievers my fundamentalist […]

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,” so I can live with the title.) I’ll start by saying a huge […]

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 what they feel, and it’s disconcerting. It’s scarey. Some of my Christian friends won’t like […]

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 effects lives and culture? Do the crowds we see filling churches, stadiums and Christian events really signal a “Christian […]

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 things aren’t quite perfect, I will listen. This extended quote comes from someone at Pilgrim […]

A Serious Lack of Appropriate Social Skills

That’s me. Seriously lacking in social skills. Particularly when it comes to two important things here in my ministry at a Christian school. 1. Welcoming new people. 2. Being gracious to people who decide to leave. In both categories, I get a “D-.” When new folks come to OBI, it takes me weeks to really […]

I’m Glad I’m Not a Young Earth Creationist

It’s funny when I think about it, but the reasons to not be a young earth creationist get better all the time. Take the latest creationist flap on our little campus: The Gap Theory. Gap theory is apparently one way to let off the pressure that some folks feel from having to assume the Bible […]