To quote the great theologian Tom Petty, "The waiting is the hardest part." You hope God is doing something, or maybe you're confident: you KNOW God is doing something. But WHAT? Perhaps I am never still enough often enough long enough to hear God's voice clearly. My normal MO is to pick a direction and … Continue reading “… Is the Hardest Part”
Donald Trump makes me sick. So do Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Mayor Pete, Beto the furry, and the rest of the dwarves. So does Chuck Schumer. Nancy Pelosi. Cocaine Mitch. Rush Limbaugh? PUKE. And don't get me started on Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Joe Scarborough, ... Rick Wilson? Jonah Goldberg? The Bulwark? A pox … Continue reading Things that Make Me Miserable
So I'm going to write something blasphemous now. To wit: long-term financial support from the USA for European pastors and churches can be bad for the churches. Let me explain. I see three ways that this support becomes counterproductive. FIRST, the "cultural thing." Long-term support comes with strings attached, expectations that are sometimes not sensitive … Continue reading Evangelical Engagement pt 5: The Problem of Dependence
Roger Olson writes about his participation in a recent "conversation" between scientists and theologians from various traditions, and how that conversation left him frustrated. He observes that, as far as he could tell, the conversation was really only in one direction, monologue not dialogue; the theologians were expected to listen to and learn from the … Continue reading Olson: Is It Scientific to Refuse to Contemplate the Possible Existence of God?
Michelle Van Loon writes about pharisaism and gender rules in the church , specifically about a list of 80-something "do's and don'ts" for women in the church that Wayne Grudem has compiled. Her analogy of "Sabbath elevators" (which I'd never heard of) is perfect. Grudem’s list states that either a man or a woman may teach … Continue reading Van Loon: Pharisaism, “Sabbath Elevators”, & Gender Roles
So let me talk about my son. When my son Joshua was about fourteen years old, we were talking about God one night. This wasn't uncommon, although (it pains me to admit) it seems to me now that we talked more about bands and movies than we talked about God. Joshua had been baptized a … Continue reading About My Son: Joshua’s Star
My friends, Dave & Betsy Scott, are Nazarene missionaries here in Zagreb. God is doing AMAZING work through them among the Muslim refugees here. They're having a significant number of baptisms, developing leaders from among the refugees, etc. We (Biblijski institut) are proud to be able to partner with them. After a recent baptismal service, … Continue reading “Don’t Pull Me Up” (A Meditation)