We were horrified at the news from Sri Lanka this past Sunday, where terrorists affiliated with ISIS bombed Christian churches during their Easter services. The pictures of a statue of Jesus, splattered with worshippers' blood, was especially appropriate & symbolic (Colossians 1:24 (NET): "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up … Continue reading From CT: “Biblical Responses to Sri Lanka’s Easter Bombings”
My thinking re. the problems faced by evangelicals in Europe is shaped by the conflict I see between Christianity and Christendom. My thinking on this conflict is itself shaped by Soren Kierkegaard (hereafter SK) (Attack on Christendom) and Malcolm Muggeridge (The End of Christendom). In this post I will summarize SK's contribution. SK was a … Continue reading Evangelical Engagement 8: Christendom vs. Christianity
Today, among the ashes we wait. ... Tomorrow we celebrate, For he has risen, And everything is changed.
Roger Olson has been writing recently about claims from different groups and people to be "Christian,", in an attempt to clarify a basic set of beliefs/convictions that one can use to measure the claim. He recently posted an overview of the criteria he proposes. How do we determine if someone (group or individual) is Christian? … Continue reading Olson on what “Christian” Means
Peter Enns writes about the foolishness of the cross: my only complaint is that his post isn't long enough. If God exists, our thoughts and words will fail us rather quickly, and that the truth of God will necessarily draw us further out to orbits beyond what our feeble minds know, what makes sense to … Continue reading Enns on Jesus, the Cross, and Shame
We're having a "Maundy Thursday" service (Veliki četvrtak, or "Great Thursday", we call it in Croatia) at Kristova Crkva Kušlanova, and I am giving the sermon. Actually, I am planning to give two extended meditations, one before communion and one after. Both will be about 5-7 minutes in English, with a translator. Our worship director … Continue reading Sermon Prep for Maundy Thursday
(Not a great title; sorry.) Greatness from Pete Enns Regarding a conversation with an angry former student, Enns writes: “My own teaching style and theology were not oriented toward training polemicists. I was more interested in exploring the Bible with my students and encouraging them to let the Lord surprise them through a careful and … Continue reading Polemicists or Pastors?