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”

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”

A Domestic Terror Act We Must Never Forget

Yesterday was the fiftieth anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four young black girls and wounded twenty-two other children. You can read a heart-rending description of the morning’s events HERE. This act of domestic terrorism, designed to strike fear into the hearts of those who wereContinue reading “A Domestic Terror Act We Must Never Forget”

Eugene Peterson: “Nothing disembodied, nothing impersonal, nothing in general”

Theology is about God, and God is Spirit — so why the adjective [“spiritual” theology]? Maybe because we have accumulated a lot of experience in the Christian community of persons treating theology as a subject in which God is studied in the ways we are taught to study in our schools—acquiring information that we canContinue reading “Eugene Peterson: “Nothing disembodied, nothing impersonal, nothing in general””