Wednesday with Michael Spencer: A Theology of Everything

Wednesday with Michael Spencer A Theology of Everything (2004) This is a story that happened where I work, so I need to tell you some things before we can go on. Our school has thirty minutes of chapel scheduled into every school day. It’s been like that for one hundred and six years, and nothingContinue reading “Wednesday with Michael Spencer: A Theology of Everything”

A Better Kingdom Vision

A Bigger Kingdom Vision At The Gospel Coalition, Jeremy Treat has written an article called, “The Kingdom of God in 8 Words.” It begins like this: The number-one thing Jesus talked about is the kingdom of God. It’s everywhere in the Gospels and impossible to miss. But if the theme of the kingdom is soContinue reading “A Better Kingdom Vision”

Another Look: Why I now love weddings

Note from CM: I’m officiating a wedding this week, one of several I’ve been asked to conduct this year. Thinking about the privilege of participating in these joyous occasions brought this post to mind. • • • I used to not like weddings very much. They seemed like a lot of trouble, and people tendedContinue reading “Another Look: Why I now love weddings”

Randy Thompson: The Spirituality of Taking a Vacation

Note from CM: Randy and Jill Thompson know that people need to take breaks from the pressures of their normal lives, get a change of scenery, and find refreshment from time to time. That’s why they started Forest Haven, a Christian organization whose purpose is to provide a rural, quiet place of healing hospitality and spiritual refreshment for ChristianContinue reading “Randy Thompson: The Spirituality of Taking a Vacation”

Another Look: Redefining Greatness

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be firstContinue reading “Another Look: Redefining Greatness”

Another Look: Chris

The chaplain stood in front of Chris’s casket and nodded as mourners filed by. Glancing around, he saw a flower arrangement behind him with an interesting note on it: “From your friends at Green Lake Campground.” It was striking to him that owners of a campground would send such a lush bouquet and that it would be displayedContinue reading “Another Look: Chris”

Another Look: That for which every heart yearns

This is the time of year a Midwestern boy like me looks forward to with all his heart. It is, without a doubt, the very best time of year. For this is the season when the three most wonderful words in the English language fill the air. Three simple, sublime words. They are everywhere. TheseContinue reading “Another Look: That for which every heart yearns”

Why I won’t be going to church Sunday

Last week, our pastor announced that we would be having a patriotic service on the Sunday of July 4th weekend. I won’t be there. Let me make something perfectly clear. I love my country, the United States of America. I have no trouble displaying the flag on appropriate occasions (though my wife, with her MennoniteContinue reading “Why I won’t be going to church Sunday”