Evangelical Engagement pt 5: The Problem of Dependence

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

Olson: Is It Scientific to Refuse to Contemplate the Possible Existence of God?

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?

Van Loon: Pharisaism, “Sabbath Elevators”, & Gender Roles

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

“Don’t Pull Me Up” (A Meditation)

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)