A Big Surprise, A Big Criticism, A Big Question: More Thoughts On The Place of Certainty

One of my biggest surprises this year was looking at the program for the Desiring God Ministries National Conference and seeing Dan Taylor as one of the speakers. I love Dan Taylor. His book The Myth of Certainty is in my top ten books that have been personally helpful. I’ve reviewed the book here atContinue reading “A Big Surprise, A Big Criticism, A Big Question: More Thoughts On The Place of Certainty”

The Frank Viola Project (And Why You Should Take It Seriously)

UPDATE: Ben Witherington has done a multi-part in-depth review of Reimagining Church. 1, 2 3 4. Frank Viola’s response part 1 and part 2. OK. I cheated. I maybe kindof promised a review, but after reading the books, I decided I didn’t want to join the debate. I wanted to say something else, namely this:Continue reading “The Frank Viola Project (And Why You Should Take It Seriously)”

What do Gays and Lesbians Hear? (repost)

Before getting into the substance of this essay, I want to mention how little I care for much of the terminology I’m going to use. As a Christian humanist, there are two sources for my view of human beings: The image of God in creation, and the image of humanity in the incarnation/resurrection of Jesus.Continue reading “What do Gays and Lesbians Hear? (repost)”

Who’s On “The Next Billy Graham” This Season?

NOTE: I will not publish hateful, conspiratorial comments. You can critique, but be respectful. “You most faithful readers know that ultimately, I’m a fan of Mark Driscoll. Fan — can’t help it. Somebody has said that there isn’t a “Billy Graham” for 21st century Christianity, and I totally disagree — I think Driscoll is inContinue reading “Who’s On “The Next Billy Graham” This Season?”

Where’s Jesus?: Thoughts On A Locally Available Christ

Answering the question “Where can you get your Jesus?” is very important. Many of the divisions among Christians are actually a commentary on the relationship of the person of Jesus to various means of “accessing” or “localizing” Jesus. In other words, the question “Where is Jesus?” is an extremely important question and the claim toContinue reading “Where’s Jesus?: Thoughts On A Locally Available Christ”

Message to Tom Ascol: Write the Book

UPDATE: Go into the comments and read the post by Pastor Scott Dontanville. Just go read it. For those of you who are going to write me a hurt/angry note saying I’m picking on your church, I’m not. And if I am, I don’t know you anyway, so there’s no need to complain. I justContinue reading “Message to Tom Ascol: Write the Book”

Five Good Thoughts About Evangelicals

Since I’m newly installed in my permanent pew near the back row of my local SBC church, I’ve been trying to think good thoughts about evangelicals. Given the history of this blog and the general tone of my thinking about Christianity, this has taken some discipline. It’s been remarkable, however, how quickly I have rememberedContinue reading “Five Good Thoughts About Evangelicals”

Four Questions: Steve Sensenig on Worship and Music

Steve Sensenig is a blogger (theologicalmusingsblog.com) and contributor to many good blog discussions. He’s also a musician who has served in various capacities in several different ministries in a wide range of styles from very traditional to very contemporary. Steve is a recording artist, and has also spent some time in the Christian music industryContinue reading “Four Questions: Steve Sensenig on Worship and Music”

Gospel Relevance=Gospel Application

Studying Acts with my students, it’s freshly clear to me that the immediate struggle of the early Christians was not only, or even particularly, theological, but practical. How do we live out, in the church, family, community and world, the significance of Jesus NOW? What kind of behavior, actions and community appear in “”the KingdomContinue reading “Gospel Relevance=Gospel Application”

Southern Baptists and the Emerging Church: Friends or Foes?

Mark DeVine, theology professor from Midwestern Seminary (and a man who knows his Barth), has looked seriously and deeply at the emerging church and suggests some directions for SBC interaction, avoidance and further study. A measured and competent essay, worth your time. [Or you can watch the video below. It’s more of a summary ofContinue reading “Southern Baptists and the Emerging Church: Friends or Foes?”