The Shack: The Movie

March 6, 2017

My wife and I, with some friends, saw “The Shack” last night. Paul Young telescoped his 10 year journey of spiritual recovery into a parabolic weekend experience with the Trinity. The movie pictures this weekend in 2 hours. What I appreciate is the joyous interaction among the participants in this loving dance, the serious dialogue […]

Traditional, Complementarian, or Egalitarian?

January 11, 2017

[An audio version is available here (under January 8)] In this post I have no interest in advocating for any position, and my taxonomy is primarily applied to the historically controversial question about what function/role may women serve in the public assembly of the church gathered to communally praise/worship God. Rather than advocating a position, […]

On Children, Baptism and David Lipscomb (1914)

May 23, 2014

While there are many variations along a continuum, credobaptists (that is, those who baptize believers) approach children within the faith community in two major ways. On the one hand there are the revivalists, but on the other hand there are those who emphasize nurture. Revivalists believe that children within the faith community, at some point, […]

Children, Church and Baptism

April 21, 2009

I recently posted a brief statement on “Children at the Table” in which I suggested that the practice of sharing table communion with our children might be a good idea. One question this raises, among others, is the relationship of children to the kingdom of God. For our paedo-baptist friends, it is obvious. Children are […]

Jesus, the Unlikely Apprentice III

February 11, 2009

Shaped by Intimacy [ The sermon version of this small group study is available here]. Jesus lived with twelve disciples. He travelled with the twelve, ate with the twelve, taught the twelve, sent the twelve out to herald the good news and heal the sick, and prayed with the twelve. There were times when he […]

Recommended Books (September 2008)

August 31, 2008

Below are some books that I have recently read which I recommend.  I don’t recommend everything I read, of course.  🙂  But these are worth the time…. Devotional/Meditation.  Currently, my wife and I working through Kenneith Boa and John Alan Turner’s The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible.  The book is divided into Monday through […]

Beyond (Before) Theological Hermeneutics IV

July 10, 2008

I admit it.  I lied.  I said this would be a three post series, but I wanted to add a another form of communal spiritual reading that I have enjoyed on many occasions in the past five years. It is called–at least as I know it–“Dwelling in the Word.”  There are several good resources available on […]