Tag Archive | Church

A Balanced Image of Christ

An interesting reminder from the blog Students of Jesus that Christ not only ate with sinners and chastised pharisees. He also ate with pharisees and healed their children. Here is a taste: In modern society we love to point out that Jesus ate with tax collectors and prostitutes. He crossed social boundaries. He was the friend of […]

Measuring Ministry Success without Worrying About Numbers

A nice piece on effective youth ministry from Kurt Willems today. (HT: Rob Martin) Willems talks about his experience early in his career as a youth pastor where he was basically told that the worth of his ministry was related to how many students showed up. Willems suggests a different economy: Many people ask me […]

Chris Smith on Why He Abstains from Voting

I resonated with much of a piece from Chris Smith from Relevant Magazine. Relevant is currently in the process of offering a series of Christian perspectives on politics. (Previous posts come from a Christian Libertarian, Christian Republican and a Christian Democrat.) Chris is offering an explanation for his choice not to vote. I’ll give you a taste of his philosophy, and […]

Thoughts on Gender and Leadership

Thanks to my friend Rob Martin for pointing out an interesting post from J.R. Daniel Kirk at Storied Theology. Kirk is responding to some comments by John Piper in which Piper indicated that Christianity is a masculine religion. I admit that I am unfamiliar with the details of Piper’s description, but the fact that Christ […]

How Your Church Can Transform Its Neighborhood

This is an insightful piece from Chris Smith, editor of The Englewood Review of Books. Chris is married to one of my high school friends and attends the same church as my wife’s brother and his family in Indianapolis. In this article, he details how their church went from a failed attempt at being a […]

Herman Cain vs. John Wesley

An interesting article on Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christians blog. This piece was written by Morgan Guyton (who I’m not familiar with), but it is an interesting look at the tempting American perspective of personal responsibility. His piece is so good I’ll copy it here in its entirety. You can respond in the comments below […]

Politics and Faith: Does the Bible Endorse One Side?

An insightful piece on the Black, White, and Gray blog on Patheos. Bradley Wright explains why he is a “political agnostic”. Here is a taste: With presidential elections coming up, we’ll hear a lot more about every aspect of politics, including its link to religion—especially Christianity.  I would like to step back and ask a […]

Are Gender-Inclusive Bibles Bad for Women?

Mary Kassian certainly thinks so. (HT: Mark Hopkins) In a piece titled 10 Reasons Why the New NIV Is Bad for Women on her site “Girls Gone Wise”, Kassian explains why. Here is her introduction: The new gender-inclusive NIV was published earlier this year. It contains thousands of changes to the Bible’s male-gendered language. Having […]

Steve Jobs: Adoptee

Amidst the various thoughts that have been offered about Steve Jobs in the days following his passing, I’ve come across several interesting thoughts I will share today in this space. First, I was interested to find out that Jobs was adopted. I’ll have another post later today about his relationship with his father (and biological […]

Government or Church: Whose Job Is It?

An interesting piece on who should be caring for the orphans and widows. Amidst the debate over what the government can and/or should be doing (or not doing) about the widows and orphans, we tend to forget all of the things we should each be doing personally and collectively as the body of Christ.