Honoring the Past. Forging the Future. Happy 90th Birthday Asbury Theological Seminary
In 1923 the Lord used Henry Clay Morrison to establish a school committed to spreading scriptural holiness throughout the world. From the outset it was clear that Asbury was not birthed to become merely another institution of higher learning that would grace the pages of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Nor was Asbury established to […]
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 “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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Re-Imagining the Gospel
Many of us will remember the 1993 Re-Imagining conference held in Minneapolis which drew so much national attention. The central purpose of the conference, as I recall, was to help the wider church more fully support the role of women in leadership in the church. This was, and continues to be, an important conversation in […]
Why I am an Evangelical and a Methodist
Today marks the beginning of an ongoing series on why I am an evangelical and a Methodist. I think it is important to be well situated in a particular tradition, but I feel uncomfortable talking about a particular tradition apart from the larger context of what it means to be a Christian. Indeed, I have […]