To me, reading literature is like eating a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans. One eats all the good flavours, and throws the rest away. In other words, in reading a novel, a number of people may come away with a number of different themes and messages, often emphasizing and de-emphasizing certain events and characters to highlight their theme. […]
What Franklin Graham Is Wrong About Today, Vol. 4 Franklin Graham is known for saying controversial things, but the other day he said something that wasn’t very controversial at all. He said that God has blessed the United States of America more than any other nation on earth. This concept isn’t unique to Graham– I’ve heard [Read More...]
I love the fall season. For me, the Fall season is meant to be packed full of drinking hot apple cider, exploring the beautiful foliage and devouring pumpkin marshmallow peeps. However, the fall...
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I don’t believe the Bible is necessarily without error (i.e. inerrant). It doesn’t specifically claim to be, and I don’t think any of the arguments for inerrancy stand up to scrutiny. But I’m not going to argue about that here. Rather, I want to suggest ways that this doctrine, which I believe is not Biblical, … Continue reading Five ways inerrancy is killing christianity
I don’t know who first declared October as Pastor Appreciation Month, but it’s never been a special focus for my congregation. I don’t get showered with Pastor Appreciation cards. No one plans a special worship celebration acknowledging my ministry and leadership. My church has never taken out a full-page ad in the local newspaper with my photo and an expression of their thanks as suggested by one LifeWay blogger
–and good thing they haven’t, since I’d feel totally embarrassed! […]
The Man Who Moved a Mountain My friends at church were talking about a book—a person really, who they were sure I would love reading about. The man was a mountain pastor named Bob Childress and the book is called The Man Who Moved a Mountain, by Richard C. Davids, (Fortress Press, 1970). […]
It’s painful to see a church that I love almost completely abandon evangelism, becoming spiritually dry and question the very radicality and community principles that made it so uniquely biblical in the first place. Second and third generation members are the ones that to the largest part try to “reform” the church … Continue reading →
In a short vlog series*, 3 of the vloggers look at how theology impacts our lives. Deborah opens the topic by discussing disability theology and how that can harm others. Curtis responds by asking about how we evangelize after moving away from "turn or burn" theology,...
Ted Grimsrud—October 20, 2016 A review of: Shane Claiborne. Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2016. 313 pp. In Executing Grace, Shane Claiborne, a pastor, activist, and writer of popular … Continue reading →
The back-of-the-book promo announced: Artist and naturalist Robert Bateman’s long-awaited memoir–intimate and visually stunning, with original artwork. Inside and out, Life Sketches by Robert Bateman (Simon & Schuster Canada, 2015) is a beautiful book, ... Read More ›