Today, Pope Francis addressed the Vatican in his annual Christmas address for the bishops, cardinals and other staffers who live and work in Vatican City. Rather than offer up a pithy "Merry Christmas" and how-do-you-do, Pope Francis offered up what we in the preaching biz call an "epic verbal smackdown." Not an angry rant or … Continue reading (Not So) Merry Christmas From the Pope
Sermon Series: Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet / What To Do When We Don't Agree The book of Jonah is a prophetic masterpiece that is often neglected by churches in their teaching. It is a vivid picture of how a faith community that becomes self-obsessed and in-grown fails to embody the life God has called us … Continue reading What Do You Do With A Reluctant Prophet?
What does a Canadian white male do with what is happening in Ferguson, MO? The violence and the bitter distrust is heart breaking and I don't know what I can do about it. I would like to think that I could hold this at arms length and shake my head condescendingly since this kind of … Continue reading Two Kinds of Racism
"Hosea and Gomer" by Cody Miller. Hosea 3:1-5 1 The Lord said to me, “Go, love your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” 2 So I bought her for fifteen … Continue reading Beyond Betrayal
“This is a Christian song?” We were having a father – son conversation in the car on our way somewhere when I had some words of praise for my son's – right at this particular moment – favourite band. The song is called “Demons” by Imagine Dragons but don't let the title fool you. The … Continue reading What is a Christian Song?
It would be an understatement to say that the conversation between the Christian community and LGBT community has gone poorly over the past few years. Grace and understanding are both in short supply, which is why a book like Caring Beyond the Margins is so important. Guy Hammond, founder and executive director of Strength in … Continue reading Book Review: Caring Beyond the Margins
I recently figured out how to get people to read my blog! Two blog posts recently addressed the flagging fortunes of my tribe and got massive amounts of feedback – Good, bad and ugly. So all I have to do is talk about the Churches of Christ disappearing and the readers will come! 🙂 I … Continue reading Re: Why Churches of Christ are Shrinking
I was encouraged this week to read that Harold Camping publicly apologized for his, "End of the world" predictions he made last year. (At the time I wrote about it here.) Using the Family Radio Network that his church owns, he famously guaranteed that Jesus would return on May 21st, 2011. The Media had a … Continue reading Humility is Everything
Here are three wise men (wise guys?) who have a collective 116 years of experience between them talking about marriage. Piper, Carson, and Keller on Sustaining the Covenant of Marital Love from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo. Here is the article that Keller mentions: The Power of Promising by Lewis Smedes.
Today there are a lot of people talking about the rapture, the idea that believers in Jesus Christ will one day at the Lord’s call be snatched off the surface of the Earth and carried off to a heavenly abode while Earth and everyone on it are tossed in the trash. I don't want to … Continue reading What the Bible Says (or doesn't say) About the Rapture