We can bemoan the loss of national institutions, but at some point we need to have a funeral and move on to the resurrection of new ideas.
This article from First Things is a critique of Matthew Vine’s work on homosexuality. THAT will get some comments (possibly), but that is NOT what I want to focus on. What I want to focus on is the bottom of the article in this paragraph: We do not judge a Christian teacher only by hisContinue reading “Angst without the guidance”
The First Things article I referred to in my last post continues to challenge me. I may not have the role of a “wider theologian”, but I feel I must be the best theologian possible for my congregation. I don’t want to live in the realm of pragmatics or just practics. Yet, pastoral theology hasContinue reading “Regaining Pastors as Theologians”
A great article from First Things provokes some thoughts for me. I want to be faithful as a leader, a pastor, and expositor of the Word. These thoughts are good: The drain of our wider theologians from the pastorate to the academy has resulted in a two-fold problem. First, the theological water-level of our localContinue reading “Pastor and Theologian”
One of things I try to be in life is “an equal opportunity offender.” In that spirit, I am going to poke the sacred cow of Glenn Beck. I am a Pentecostal pastor who was raised conservative (politically as well as theologically). I am still more conservative politically than liberal, but I have no qualmsContinue reading “Social Justice”
I just finished my first Stanley Hauerwas article. I have heard his name for quite awhile but had never ventured into any of his writings. I finally linked to one and read it. Normally when I read such intelligent pieces having a dictionary by my side is helpful. Even that didn’t help. I understood theContinue reading “Do We Understand the Times?”
I am lecturing on my favorite subject: Pentecostal monks. One monk who has been influential in my life has been Evagrius Ponticus. In preparing my lectures, I came across this thought from R.R. Reno in “Fighting the Noon Day Devil”: There are no intellectual solutions to spiritual problems. Acedia is fought with spiritual discipline. WeContinue reading “Learning from the Pentecostal Monks”