November 20, 2017

J. Michael Jones: A Tumultuous Relationship with the Bride

A Tumultuous Relationship with the Bride By J. Michael Jones An Inherent Church I was born into a family that attended a Southern Baptist church, deep within the hollows of Appalachia.  While I’m sure there are a broad spectrum of Baptist church experiences, mine must have been on the shady end, or at least one […]

Another Look: Wisdom and the Fog

Note from CM: I have an extraordinarily busy week since I’m covering for our other chaplain’s caseload as well as my own. So, on Mon-Wed I’m re-posting some of my favorite stories and reflections from my work as a hospice chaplain. If I don’t get to clear comments that get held right away, please be […]

Remembering Michael Spencer

Note from CM: I wrote this post shortly after Michael died on April 5, 2010, seven years ago this week. We’re still hungry, still searching, still on the journey. Some of us have found helpful oases where we’ve been able to slake our thirst somewhat and find a bit of nourishment. But conversation among the […]

Klasie Kraalogies: As Mist Before the Sun: The Slow Relief of Unbelief (4)

Note from CM: Thanks to Klasie for sharing his story with us. This is the final installment. • • • AS MIST BEFORE THE SUN: THE SLOW RELIEF OF UNBELIEF by Klasie Kraalogies Part 4 When, therefore, we maintain that pleasure is the end, we do not mean the pleasures of profligates and those that […]

Klasie Kraalogies: As Mist Before the Sun: The Slow Relief of Unbelief (3)

AS MIST BEFORE THE SUN: THE SLOW RELIEF OF UNBELIEF By Klasie Kraalogies Part 3 “Think of mathematical symbols as mere labels without intrinsic meaning. It doesn’t matter whether you write, “Two plus two equals four,” “2 + 2 = 4,” or “Dos más dos es igual a cuatro.” The notation used to denote the […]

Klasie Kraalogies: As Mist Before the Sun: The Slow Relief of Unbelief (2)

AS MIST BEFORE THE SUN: THE SLOW RELIEF OF UNBELIEF By Klasie Kraalogies Part 2 They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half as bad as a lot of ignorance • Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites ⎈ The great difficulty in telling a long and meandering story is knowing what […]

Klasie Kraalogies: As Mist Before the Sun: The Slow Relief of Unbelief (1)

Note from CM: I invited one of our faithful readers and commenters to tell his story. Welcome Klasie today as he tells part one of his own journey into the post-evangelical wilderness. • • • AS MIST BEFORE THE SUN: THE SLOW RELIEF OF UNBELIEF By Klasie Kraalogies Part 1 If someone is able to […]

Another Look: Always the Road

⌖ Always the Road All my life I’ve thought one day this wandering will be past. One eureka moment! and I will be at home. A sweet oasis — fruitful, verdant, restful land — And I will smile, survey the scene, and settle down. There we will laugh and feast and play ’til dark Then lie within each other’s arms […]

Chris Kratzer: I’m Done: Why I’m Completely Walking Away From Church, Ministry, And Most Everything “Christian”

Note from CM: Today we hear from Chris Kratzer, who blogs at Putting into Words What Only Grace Is Brave Enough to Say. Chris, believe me, I understand. Thanks for letting us share a bit of your journey today. • • • I’m Done: Why I’m Completely Walking Away From Church, Ministry, And Most Everything […]

Limping to the Pulpit

This coming Sunday, I will be preaching in the congregation where I last served as a pastor. They are in good hands now, under the ministry of Pastor Dan, and I enjoy going back now and then to see folks. I love the people there, and it is always hard to find time to see everyone […]