American Evangelicalism’s Non-Gospel Message

evangometerToday I was made aware of a most-interesting interview with Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham. He discusses the problem of how evangelicals have greatly veered off-track in what they hold most dear and worthy of proclamation: a political ideology rather than the gospel.

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Prodigal Thought Podcast: Issues the Church Faces Today (Part 2)

podcastDavid and I continue our series on “issues the church faces today.” We summarized last week’s show on the “cultural divide” that can easily exist in the church. This week we take up the matter of science and faith, looking at a whole host of issues around the topic: what should be our expectations of Scripture with regards to science, can science inform our faith and the way we approach Scripture, what are we to think of the “e-word” (evolution) and much more.

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The F-Word for Pastors – “Fail” by J.R. Briggs

Fail JR BriggsFirst off, I’d like to thank the kind folk of IVP for a review copy of J.R. Briggs’ newest release, Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. It’s always a pleasure to receive such gifts!

J.R. Briggs serves as Cultural Cultivator of The Renew Community, a Jesus community for skeptics and dreamers – based in Landsdale, PA. He also serves as Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation with The Ecclesia Network. Even more, he’s becoming most known for creating the Epic Fail Pastors Conference and now the penning of this new book.

Failure is not an easy word for pastors. Well, that’s probably true of most people! Of course, when many think of failure for pastors, their mind might typically imagine some grave moral failure. And, though, such is true at times, it is a small slice compared to the greater reality that pastors deal with concerning failure. Continue reading

Church of England Approves Women Bishops

images2Yesterday, a decision rang forth from the isle of Great Britain, specifically from the Church of England. As announced on their own website:

“The General Synod of the Church of England has today given its final approval for women to become bishops in the Church of England.”

The past 2 years goes something like this for the Church of England:

  • November 2012 – the vote to not allow women to function in the role of bishop.
  • November 2013 – the vote overwhelmingly in favor of female bishops.
  • July 2014 - final approval for women to become bishops.

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Jesus & Mars Are Not Brothers

mars-god-of-warIt’s all around us.

Violence.

I drive to work listening to NPR in the morning and I’m greatly reminded of this through the news about Russia-Ukraine, Palestine-Israel, Afghanistan, Iraq. And then there’s the homeland as well – shooting after shooting, living in a city with one of the highest violent crime rates per capita in the U.S, drones heading every which way, and more.

It’s all around us.

Violence, war, killings, murder, the whole lot.

We recently celebrated a “holiday” (holy-day??) in which we remember how our nation came to “freedom” through war, a war of rebellion. “…And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” Our flag still hanging, possibly by only a few threads, as a war ended with approximately 25,000 deaths. This set the path for a Civil War some 80 years later in which the death toll might have reached 750,000.

“…that our flag was still there.”

But I’m not so sure much of this falls in line with the character of the Jesus whom we encounter within holy Scripture.

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