Three Cheers for Southland Christian Church
From time to time I have blogged about some of my concerns about mega-churches in North America. It is not hard to find examples of how contemporary Christianity in North America has been co-opted by the culture and by a whole host of market driven assumptions. I have observed on several occasions that mega-churches are […]
The Voice of Anselm Rises again
Anselm was a well known 11th century Benedictine monk who has mostly been forgotten by the contemporary church. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury and was known for his courage. His ministry was marked by many conflicts with the power brokers of his day as he insisted on the truth of the gospel. He was […]
The “Yes” of God in Jesus Christ
The great poet Samuel Coleridge wrote a poem entitled The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In the poem a ship is being followed by an Albatross, one of the great birds of the sea with a wingspan of up to twelve feet. They live on remote islands in the Pacific Ocean. In the ancient world […]
Reflections On How The “Love of God” Changes Us
In his 1937 landmark book, The Kingdom of God in America, Richard Niebuhr memorably described the weakened message of the church in his day as follows: “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” Tragically, Niebuhr’s devastating critique could easily be […]
Why The Church Is So Concerned With Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexual Ordination
I occasionally hear someone make the case that evangelicals have invested far too much energy fighting against same sex marriage and the ordaining of homosexuals as pastors in the church. There are some who have become convinced by weak exegesis and, feeling the winds of culture blowing, have convinced themselves that the Bible doesn’t actually […]
Imprecatory Psalms: Are All the Psalms Suitable for Christian Use?
For the past two years, my wife Julie and I have started each day by singing a Psalm and then carefully thinking and praying through the Psalm line by line. We use a collection of metrical psalms known as the Trinity Psalter which draws from many of the great historic metrical Psalm collections (such as the […]
Are there really any atheists?
Professor Richard Dawkins has been called the world’s most notorious atheist. Indeed, his atheism is so militant that he is widely regarded as the poster-child for the modern so-called “new Atheist” movement. His wildly popular books, The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, among others, are regularly cited in atheist articles, books and […]
4 Things United Methodists can learn from the Episcopal Church
Asbury Theological Seminary had the recent honor of hosting Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). He preached in historic Estes Chapel from the book of Esther and reminded us all that Haaman’s gallows are being built for all those who stand for righteousness, but we have been called to persevere […]
Reflections on the Embassy Attacks
In recent days we have seen multiple attacks on American embassies or consulates in the Middle East, including those in Lybia, Egypt, and Yemen. Dating back to the Iranian revolution in the 1970’s we have become accustomed to seeing this kind of violence expressed against America. In watching the news of these recent attacks, and […]
What is the Book of Discipline?
One of the beautiful and cherished features of the Methodist tradition is the way in which the pastors are brought into a shared covenant with one another. The whole appointment system under an episcopal form of government (bishops and district superintendents) is made possible because of a shared covenant. We pledge to stand together. We […]