None dare Call It Marketing: Lifeway, Beth Moore and the conspiracy to take over your church

Let’s get one thing straight at the outset: I don’t have a problem with Beth Moore, so don’t write me and give me grief like I do. Everything I’ve read, everything I’ve heard seems excellent, Christ-centered, full of the Gospel and Biblical. Compared to any other celebrity Bible teacher I might see or hear, BethContinue reading “None dare Call It Marketing: Lifeway, Beth Moore and the conspiracy to take over your church”

Out of the Mouths of 16-year Old Babes: The Terrible Truth About Kids and Parents

The youth ministry professional has something to say, and parents need to read it. First, let’s hear about a new book you need to add to the Amazon wish list. This book has a lot to teach us. But not just about our kids. Seems that Doris Fuller, a journalist, her 19 year old collegeContinue reading “Out of the Mouths of 16-year Old Babes: The Terrible Truth About Kids and Parents”

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 wouldContinue reading “The SBC and the BWA: A case of abandoning ship too soon?”

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 fundamentalistContinue reading “Do Evangelicals believe in hell? Should they?”

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 likeContinue reading “How we sound to those who don’t believe”

The Ten Greatest Baseball Movies of All Time (?)

Christianity Today has some wonderful articles on film these days. (Hats off to CT for the increased attention to what most of us were told would send us straight to hell.) This week they have the “Ten Greatest Baseball Movies of All Time.” Since baseball is my therapy, and I want more of my peersContinue reading “The Ten Greatest Baseball Movies of All Time (?)”

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 “ChristianContinue reading “Do churches and numbers mean anything?”