The fact is, we want to be bigger, and we really can’t be bothered with the health and well-being of other denominations — after all, their gain is our loss, right?
He tells about how he got in trouble with his trustees … and fellow pastors. And I love it! Read the whole thing.
What should a church that grows out of the New Testament witness look like? Dave Black posted a list of items on his blog today, and I, with his blanket permission, extracted the list to the Jesus Paradigm web site. (The site supports Dave’s book The Jesus Paradigm, which I publish.)
I hope you [...]
I tried not to steal the headline from the article by Rev. Robert Rynders in UM-Insight, The Church Isn’t Dying, It’s Already Dead, but this post is largely to tell you to go read that post.
After reading his article and thinking about the good things I’ve seen happening in some United Methodist churches [...]
The best advice I’ve heard on this topic is provided in a short post by Elizabeth Esther.
Takeway? Be a listening ear.
Mostly, this is a link to Allan Bevere’s post, which builds on Michael Bird’s post.
I’m one of those parishioners who would like to hear more sermons from well-educated theologians. Even if the circumstances are different (see comments to Allan’s post), I, like John Wesley, have but a lowly MA.
But there are several [...]
Jonathan Merritt has some interesting words about ChristianMingle.com. You should read all, but this struck me, about the result of his search:
The search function of the site is user-friendly. I’m given a list of women in my area. Their profile pictures are surprisingly provocative—low cut shirts, exposed shoulders, skin-tight pants, pouty lips. The [...]
C. Michael Patton has a seven level division that has “essential for salvation” at the core, and “pure speculation” as the outer layer. Now what I’m wondering is whether getting the division of your essentials right is an essential or not. It makes one wonder!
There are so many annoying ads on television it’s hard to nominate the most annoying one, but I think the ads for ChristianMingle.com have the inside track on such an award. It’s not that I object to online dating services as such, though I have numerous reservations. (Fortunately I’m married and my children are [...]
Well, sort of …
If you talk like this, consider a change!
HT: The Internet Monk
There are two things I’ve noticed in my own life and in the lives of people I know that tend to lead toward less divisiveness and greater Christian unity. These are:
1) A focus on doing mission
2) A focus on the study of scripture
What’s interesting is that people can differ on how [...]