I am at a concert, but I am also at a worship service. The music is not religious, but it draws me in and I can’t help but want something with its source.
As you have believed, so let it be done for you Matthew 8 Jesus’ disciples barely weathered a potentially life threatening storm as Jesus slept soundly. In panic, they woke Jesus and he pacified the storm around them with a word. As the storm within them calmed, Jesus perplexedly asked where their faith (confident expectation) was. The disciples had […]
As one of the 20th century’s most recognizable and respected names, Billy Graham set the standard for great evangelistic preaching. He proclaimed the gospel unashamedly with passion and integrity — exactly what an anointed preacher is supposed to do. People hear sermons preached from pulpits in churches every week. Today, we have the privilege of […]
The kingdom Jesus preached is an environment that does not fear looking upside-down to others. It involves risks; sometimes very small ones, sometimes great leaps of faith, standing upon nothing except the promises of the Bible, what some call “blind faith”, or, disparagingly, “foolishness”. In this universe He created, God has set forth many paradoxes. […]
Mark 1:14-20 E.V. Hill, that old African-American evangelist-preacher told a story about a little old lady who sat at the front row of his church. When he’d get up and preach about all of the things that were wrong in the world, this lady would say, “Get to the good news.” He would preach about […]
Bloggers have blogged, academics have pontificated and authors have rushed to judgment in print since the release of Rob Bell’s Love Wins this spring.
“Boy, you’ve got to read this book. It changed my life!” We’ve all heard someone emphatically report on the quality of this or that book, and then encourage us to read it. But many of us internally squint in scepticism, because we know that cataclysmic, paradigm-shifting experiences are rare, and they depend on varying circumstances. […]
The Christian world is sometimes accused of being a little cliquey albeit not intentionally. Sometimes we try too hard to assimilate non-believers and other times we shy away from, or even condemn those who have opposing views. Kevin Roose, a then undergraduate of Brown University felt compelled to penetrate that world when he enrolled at […]
Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Enuma Okoro I am an Anglo-Catholic snob. Where I worship there are six candles on the altar, the whole Nicene Creed is recited, and liberal amounts of incense anoint the congregation. My heart grieves when I hear that the panicked clergy of our […]
Whether we like it or not, social media infiltrates a lot of what we do on a daily basis. Last night as we experienced the excruciating defeat of our Canucks social media sites like twitter and Facebook were ablaze. Mostly people were condemning the riot acts and were expressing their sadness that a small group […]