Preach it, Michelle!

Commencement speeches are usually fairly banal and unmemorable, but people are buzzing about one First Lady Michelle Obama gave at Tuskegee University last Saturday.  After reviewing the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the university for which “Booker T. Washington pawned his pocket watch to buy a kiln, and students used their bare hands toContinue reading “Preach it, Michelle!”

The New Church Pot-Luck

Colorado may now be positioned to become THE tourist destination in 2014. As the LA Times reported: At the stroke of 8 a.m. on Wednesday Colorado became the first state in the nation where small amounts of retail marijuana legally can be sold in specialty shops. Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado. My questionContinue reading “The New Church Pot-Luck”

A Brief Lesson for Speakers

150 years ago this week, Abraham Lincoln gave “dedicatory remarks” at Gettysburg, Pennysylvania to consecrate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, four months after the Battle of Gettysburg. Considered perhaps the most important speech in U.S. history, the president’s remarks contained — 272 words, 10 sentences, and lasted less than 3 minutes. Earlier, Edward Everett had offeredContinue reading “A Brief Lesson for Speakers”

Vision Forum Ministries to Close

In an announcement on their website, Vision Forum Ministries, the nonprofit ministry headed by Doug Phillips, has announced that it has closed. Phillips recently admitted being unfaithful in his marriage and resigned his position of leadership at VF. Here’s the statement: In light of the serious sins which have resulted in Doug Phillips’s resignation fromContinue reading “Vision Forum Ministries to Close”

kyle on “sexy christianity”

Each generation has its version of “sexy Christianity.” Kyle Donn has issued a thoughtful warning about the current style, the rage of his own generation, in this post on the subject. Kyle’s “About” page reflects the ethos of today’s young believers: my name is kyle. i want to change the world. for jesus. Note theContinue reading “kyle on “sexy christianity””

MacArthur vs. Strange Fire

You don’t need to wonder about what my views are about John MacArthur and particularly about his latest “Strange Fire Conference.” Suffice it to say that I think the name of his teaching ministry — “Grace to You” — is rather a misnomer. I’ve been aware of MacArthur for forty years now, and frankly, haveContinue reading “MacArthur vs. Strange Fire”

Breaking News: RIP Pastor Chuck

UPDATE: Michael Newnham at Phoenix Preacher has a nice list of links to articles reflecting on Pastor Chuck Smith’s death. * * * While we’ve been discussing Pentecostal/Charismatic/Third Wave theology and its influence on politics this morning, I saw this breaking news from Christianity Today: Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor whose outreach to hippies in theContinue reading “Breaking News: RIP Pastor Chuck”