The obligation of the Kingdom

Reflecting on society, laws, cultural wars… and having a lot of time to think while I was driving across Iowa… I began to think on what I practice but do not articulate very well. I am not sure I can still articulate it well, but this is my attempt. No matter what laws are passed…

Missing theology

One of the least developed areas of theology in the evangelical church is ecclesiology. We just don’t quite know what to do about this whole concept of the Church. We know about “local church”… maybe. We are so bent on “me and Jesus” and those who theologically agree with me 100 percent… the whole idea…

Mind and Soul

With one foot squarely in the ministry world and another foot barely in the academic world, I am constantly challenged by our “either/or” thinking. I may be wrong about the world truly being “both/and.” Maybe it’s not. Maybe you have to be either uber-smart… and an academic who is very capable at writing, but not very capable…

Jesus in Charge

I have started into Wright’s book, Simply Jesus. I have grown to really like his writing and am challenged by his thinking. To start off this book, it is about recognizing Jesus is in charge. It was dangerous talk in Jesus’ day. It’s not very welcome in our day, either. “Our culture has become used to thinking of…

The Pope, Pentecostals, and the Gospel

Dale Coulter gives a Pentecostal critique of the Pope’s exhortation, “The Gospel of Joy.” Again, the huge temptation is to focus on one small section concerning the Pope’s critique of greed in capitalism, but there is so much more in this exhortation. One particular paragraph I am meditating on: The pursuit of an equality of status at…

More “harmful” words from the “Marxist” pope

Pope Francis’s communication, “The Joy of the Gospel,” has been panned by all God-fearing true capitalists. (And we should all be true capitalists, thus making us God fearing.) A few lines out of a 50,000 word document has enraged economic purists all over the Western world. As for the other 49,000 or so words…  we might…

The narrowness of my evangelicalism

The story is from Birmingham Revolution, but it could be my story. It took place in 1968, but for me it could have been 1988. Edward Gilbreath relates the story of Glen Kehrein, who founded Circle Urban Ministries in Chicago. When he was a student at Moody Bible Institute in 1968, a group of students were…