The King Jesus Gospel — Messing Up the Message

I am beginning to work my way through The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight. My church staff will be making our way through it the next several weeks as well. The diagnosis of the “evangelical problem” resonates with me. The struggle over “decisions” and “disciples” has been something I’ve felt for all my years inContinue reading “The King Jesus Gospel — Messing Up the Message”

Evangelism — Orthodox and “Evangelical”

I have not been a fan of using church services alone to “evangelize.” A worship service is for…well… worship. It’s FOR Christ. Not us. But that’s just me. Obviously. 😉 This interview with Bishop Kallistos Ware (bishop of the Orthodox Church in England) is a good read. I like this exchange on “evangelism”: To drawContinue reading “Evangelism — Orthodox and “Evangelical””

Whiplash Politics and Reactive Christianity

Another fine column by David Brooks in The New York Times illustrates our extreme unhappiness with all things government. We just can’t be satisfied. Those who want limited government really aren’t happy. Those who want government involvement aren’t happy, either. As Brooks points out, what HAS happened in the past ten years is government hasContinue reading “Whiplash Politics and Reactive Christianity”

Marketing and the Church

I get into debates with myself over what is “marketing” for the church. What “counts” vs. what “doesn’t count,” etc. But then I read articles like this one and just get sick. The article begins like this: In the back room of a theater on Beale Street, John Renken, 42, a pastor, recently led aContinue reading “Marketing and the Church”

More on the Evangelical Demise… Chuck Colson is not so sure about the demise of the evangelical movement. He does offer these very wise words: Yes, the evangelical movement is growing, which is good, but numbers don’t mean everything. For example, a new Barna survey shows that only 19 percent of evangelicals hold a consistentlyContinue reading

Other Thoughts On Evangelical Demise Mark Galli posted on Christianity Today. He put down his thoughts regarding the demise issue. This thought stands out: What I will do, to my dying day, is work with anyone who knows he was lost but now is found, whose Bible is worn because she repeatedly looks there forContinue reading

The Coming Evangelical Collapse? On the heels of reading about the USA Today story on the decline of religion in America (posted below), comes this editorial. I do not know this particular blogger (internetmonk.com), but in the past what little I read on the blog didn’t keep me coming back. This editorial was interesting, soContinue reading

The Coming Evangelical Collapse? On the heels of reading about the USA Today story on the decline of religion in America (posted below), comes this editorial. I do not know this particular blogger (internetmonk.com), but in the past what little I read on the blog didn’t keep me coming back. This editorial was interesting, soContinue reading