Adventures In Church Planting: 2013 (REPOST)

Originally posted on The Clockwork Pastor:
As most of you know, I’ve been the head of a new church ministry in my Region.  There have been some good and not so good developments in the area of church planting last year, though for the most part it was a down year in many ways.  The good news is that our group got bigger as a few more people expressed interest in being involved.  The so-so news is how I’m leading.  I want to give people the chance to step up and take part, but I have to balance that with… Continue reading Adventures In Church Planting: 2013 (REPOST)

God Is A Concept.

When I was in journalism class in high school, I remember seeing a poster in the teacher’s classroom that caught my attention.  It was one of those posters that shows something like a big sky or the stars at night.  At the bottom of the poster were these words: “God Is A Concept.” I really didn’t know what it meant.  I originally thought it was nice to talk about  God.  I remember talking to the teacher about it and while I can’t remember the words she said, the point was made that we didn’t have the same view of God.  … Continue reading God Is A Concept.

What Does It Mean to Be Prophetic, Part Three

It was two years ago, that I wondered aloud what it meant to be prophetic.  I’ve heard that phrase a lot in many of the progressive circles I’ve been in, but I’ve always wondered if what is called prophetic is nothing more than espousing your ideology and wrapping it up in God-language. What does it mean to be prophetic?  The reason I ask is that I think a lot of folks have an idea what it means to be prophetic that I think is a bit wrong.  I will see a pastor who will get up and talk about some … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be Prophetic, Part Three

Silence of the Drones

Michael Kruse has a good post that deals with my long quest to find out what is truly prophetic and what is just a poser.  Here’s a taste: The Christian Left (or progressives) hold themselves up as the antidote to this unholy alliance between the church and state. They are prophetic. Unlike conservatives who were in the tank for Bush and the Republican Party, they stand unflinchingly for justice. Addressing the issue of torture is a good example. The Bush administration used “enhanced interrogation techniques” like waterboarding. This was torture and torture is never justified, we were told. No amount … Continue reading Silence of the Drones

Repost:Why Theology Matters

We are going waaay back on this one to 2005. In the mail today, I recieved a mailing from the Disciples Peace Fellowship, the peace and justice caucus within my denomination, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The newsletter had a quote that struck me. It said: “No amount of theology about God and the Bible and ethics and theology is equal to the smallest amount of action taken in behalf of another human being. I thought about that, because I’m someone that has always loved to think about the Christian faith. Does this mean theology has no place in … Continue reading Repost:Why Theology Matters

Repost: What Does the Lord Require?

Originally posted in November of 2011. A few weeks back, I happened to be browsing the religious website Patheos and came accross a blog post by Greg Garrett called “God Commands Compassion, Not Evangelism.” The title fascinated me and the excerpt was even more interesting: “Christianity is not about praying in a certain way, or believing a certain thing, or making converts, or building a nice cabin at church camp.” The excerpt spells out what this post is about but here is a part: In my book The Other Jesus, I talk about how Christians are called to do more … Continue reading Repost: What Does the Lord Require?

So, What’s Homophobic?

I’ve been noticing a meme going around social media lately about the Salvation Army.  Most of us know the group for it’s thrift stores and the red kettle campaign during the holiday season.  The new push is for people to boycott those red kettles this year because of the organization’s position on homosexuality.  Here’s how the policy reads: The Salvation Army believes that homosexuality can be properly considered only in the broader context of a biblical understanding of human sexuality in general. The creation account set out in the opening chapters of Genesis reveals the following truths: <random bible quotes. … Continue reading So, What’s Homophobic?

So, What’s Homophobic?

I’ve been noticing a meme going around social media lately about the Salvation Army.  Most of us know the group for it’s thrift stores and the red kettle campaign during the holiday season.  The new push is for people to boycott those red kettles this year because of the organization’s position on homosexuality.  Here’s how the policy reads: The Salvation Army believes that homosexuality can be properly considered only in the broader context of a biblical understanding of human sexuality in general. The creation account set out in the opening chapters of Genesis reveals the following truths: The Bible thus … Continue reading So, What’s Homophobic?

What Does the Lord Require?

A few weeks back, I happened to be browsing the religious website Patheos and came accross a blog post by Greg Garrett called “God Commands Compassion, Not Evangelism.”  The title fascinated me and the excerpt was even more interesting: “Christianity is not about praying in a certain way, or believing a certain thing, or making converts, or building a nice cabin at church camp.”  The excerpt spells out what this post is about but here is a part: In my book The Other Jesus, I talk about how Christians are called to do more than praise God, although I believe … Continue reading What Does the Lord Require?

Sex vs. Poverty

Via Michael Kruse, a Presbyterian pastor believes the biblical call to care for the poor doesn’t have to mean increased government spending: Yes, I know that the Bible does teach us to care for the poor, and I accept that, in principle, just as my colleagues accept fidelity and (to some extent) chastity – in principle. But if we begin to ask the same questions about caring for the poor that my colleagues have asked about sexuality, the Bible’s teaching becomes not so clear or imperative. The Old Testament clearly teaches care for the poor. For me, that’s good enough. … Continue reading Sex vs. Poverty