Being a representative of Christ in a lost world requires change. Leading a church into revitalization is a daunting task. It takes much prayer, grace, and strength. Churches that need revitalization have often drifted into a place of complacency. The change they need often comes about because of a cathartic moment. Desperation is quite the… Continue reading Five Things that Keep Churches from Change
I used to think resting from work was selfish, until I considered the example of Jesus. Nearly 10 years ago, as a college pastor at the University of Oregon, I toiled nearly 80 hours a week doing the “work of the Lord.” No boundaries. No rhythms. No intention. No rest. Every crisis was my crisis.… Continue reading Keeping the Sabbath Saved My Marriage, My Ministry, and Probably My Life
“then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind… Continue reading Acts 4:10,12
My daily walks often take me to a regional park that is very walker-friendly, with paved paths, acres of manicured lawns that are shaded by stands of pine, birch, eucalyptus and various other tree species. The park contains several large, shallow ponds that attract waterfowl, rabbits, squirrels and coyotes, although the latter stay out of… Continue reading Nothing Lasts Forever
My first fiction book, to which I am presently writing the sequel, is on offer at Amazon at the moment. Please grab yourself a bargain (the price usually goes up as people grab it): Survival of the Fittest: Metamorphosis. The description is as follows: No one seems to know where it started. Or exactly when.… Continue reading Grab Yourself a Bargain
Skydivephil and his wife are back again with another high-class video on cosmology that impacts claims such as those of William Lane Craig. In fact, they take a big aim at Craig around the 39th minute mark: from Simon Cox Blog http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tippling/2018/03/14/penrose-cyclic-models-cosmology-william-lane-craig/
A simple definition based in doctrine, history, or sociology won’t do. But a vibrant stream really does exist. Evangelicalism is one of the largest and most dynamic forms of Christianity in the modern world, but there is an amorphous quality to many words that end with the suffix “-ism,” and “evangelicalism” is no exception. “Evangelicalism”… Continue reading What Is Evangelicalism?