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    Noticing The Ministries You Might’ve Missed

    January 18, 2018 4:49 pm

    There are some really important but too often forgotten ministries in the Church. I have sweet memories of people, many of whose names I don’t recall or never knew, who brought me Jesus in countless, beautiful ways. Their ministries are often unseen but make an incredible difference. Every church has these beautiful people – maybe you’re one of them! Take the gentleman who sat in the row ahead of our family when I was a little boy. He would turn around during the service and ‘sneak’ me a mint or small candy. He did this, I’m sure, not only because... Read this post

    He Told Her: Clarity on the Abuse of Women and the Young by Men in Positions of Power

    January 11, 2018 12:02 am

    Please note: since the publication of this article, the Memphis church has placed Andy Savage on leave to work on all of the issues involved for himself, to allow the church to conduct a full audit of its procedures and policies, and to make certain that all they do in response to this sadness is marked by wisdom and love for all. In particular, the standing ovation has been noted as a regrettable action. I support this church’s efforts to enter into a season of audit and change, as well as its efforts to act with redemptive mercy and justice... Read this post

    Virgin Birth? Unbelievable.

    December 20, 2017 4:28 pm

    You’re in good company if you struggle to believe in the Virgin birth of Jesus Christ. At first, Joseph, the betrothed of Mary, didn’t believe it either. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph,... Read this post

    Drawing CS Lewis

    December 1, 2017 3:20 pm

    Here are three shots that show the sketching process  

    On Luther: Celebrating 500 Years of Freedom

    October 26, 2017 2:38 pm

    Every week I preach justification by faith to my people because every week they forget it. – Martin Luther Whether or not Luther actually nailed his 95 Theses to the Church Door at Wittenberg is a disputable matter. It’s certainly good theater even if it didn’t actually occur. I do know he sent them by post to his archbishop, along with a cover letter and an essay on indulgences, all dated October 31, 1517. That’s why the date is commonly held to be the start of the Reformations. I’m using the plural form intentionally for the simple reason that it... Read this post

    Loving the Church in an Age of Disdain

    October 23, 2017 11:36 am

    I was born on a Sunday morning at 8:30, just in time for Sunday School. I’ve rarely missed since. I love the Church; I even love going to church. I know it’s a professional requirement, but I loved going before I had to go. I love the people, the hymns and songs, and the confessions; I love the sermons, the rhythm of the liturgy, the cadence of the church year moving from Advent to Pentecost; heck, I even love the announcements. Alas, my passion is a shrinking commodity in the US, even among Christians. A recent article in Mother Jones... Read this post

    Beer on the Grounds

    September 28, 2017 5:01 pm

    So if you wanted to ask me why a church would include a Beer Truck at a Party, this is how I’d respond. The goal of Riverfest is to provide a great experience for our members, neighbors, and friends, whether Christian or otherwise. Many of our vendors are probably Christians though some may not be. One of the Christian vendors is the Casual Pint, owned by C3 members Ken and Kayla Franse. While it is not characteristic of most of the Christian world to view alcohol in a suspicious or sinful manner, we know that certain elements in the Southern... Read this post

    The Spirit and the Scriptures: Message Notes for September 17, 2017

    September 25, 2017 12:22 pm

    The Spirit and the Scriptures John 14:25-26; 15:26-27; 16:12-15; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 2:1-4; 2 Peter 1:16-21 September 17, 2017 Mark Twain: It’s not the parts of the Bible I don’t understand that bother me; it’s the parts I do understand. At least Mark Twain knew the Bible. That’s more than can be said for most people today, even people who claim to follow Jesus. Recent findings from the Pew Research Foundation indicate that while Americans revere the Bible that don’t tend to read it. In a related finding, it is equally clear that a shrinking number of people regard... Read this post

    The Spirit and the Body: Your Church Isn’t Good Enough for Me – Message Notes for September 24, 2017

    September 25, 2017 12:20 pm

    For the Common Good: The Spirit and the Body 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11-14 September 24, 2017 Drinking of the Spirit and Baptized with the Spirit go back to the words of Jesus: ‘If you’re thirsty, come to me!, he cried; ‘you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’, he told his followers. The Spirit was always central to the ministry of Jesus. The Spirit remains so. It is only by the Spirit that we even have contact with Jesus. “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.’ Yet the grace given... Read this post

    A Couple Days with Bethel

    September 22, 2017 9:52 pm

      A lot of people I know have spoken about the Bethel movement out of Redding, California. It’s a charismatic/pentecostal group but also highly controversial; some say it’s a cult. It’s obviously been a help to many people, but it’s also true that Bethel’s ways have harmed others. Their music is widely sung among those who benefit from and enjoy current worship music, and I like some of their songs as well. The harm done has to be noted too, but I do that with sympathy not only for the wounded but for the people in Bethel who are serving... Read this post