I just read James Jordan’s little book, Crisis, Opportunity, and the Christian Future. It was terribly interesting, and of mixed convincing power, but the prescriptions he made in it for the Church today seem to me of massive importance. In the end, his suggestions boil down to this: saturate Christians in the Bible, learn from … Continue reading "James Jordan and the Tribal Gospel"
With this post I officially begin my blog’s companion podcast, The Nicene Nerdcast. I don’t have much in the way of introduction to give you, so here’s the first installment. This is the result of some of my ponderings on race and the Church in recent days. Download this episode
[This is a post I wrote quite some time ago but which has not been published here.] I just finished reading the behemoth that is The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul by Douglas Campbell. The book is quite interesting, even if some of its major ideas are rather unconvincing in the final analysis. In this … Continue reading "Arms Open, Altars Closed: Thoughts on Conversion"
I’ve been thinking a lot about Communion in recent weeks, and there are three things which have stuck in my mind: Communion is first and foremost about Christ and His Body, not Christ and me. Now, I see people give lip service to this notion every once in a while. But I’ve rarely seen it put into practice. Most … Continue reading "Three Thoughts on Communion"
I just don’t think the Bible is important to Christianity and we don’t need to rely on it as Christians. Okay, that’s not me. Actually, that’s what people have been getting for some reason from Andy Stanley’s recent controversial sermon, “The Bible Told Me So.” I would have thought this controversy would have settled down … Continue reading "The Bible Told Who So? Andy, Apologetics, and Authority"
This is post 2 of 2 in the series “Could Protestants and Catholics Ever Reunite?” Continuing from my last post, here are my responses to the other 4 reasons why Catholics and Protestants supposedly cannot at all reunite. I think type A unity, explained in the last post, is a minimum requirement to fulfill the commands of … Continue reading "Could Protestants and Catholics Ever Reunite? (Continued)"
This is post 1 of 2 in the series “Could Protestants and Catholics Ever Reunite?” From time to time, calls arise for cooperation between Protestants and Catholics. Some of those times the call is actually stronger. Some people argue that Catholics and Protestants should or must reunite and become one Church again. If nothing else, many … Continue reading "Could Protestants and Catholics Ever Reunite?"
One theological question which has been a fairly ambiguous realm for much of Church history is that of the actual relationship between Christ’s Church and the people or nation of Israel which came before it. The Biblical data on this is complex and apparently varied, and the historical issue of the Church as becoming predominantly Gentile … Continue reading "Hypothesis: The Church is Reborn Israel"
Every Sunday (ideally) we who believe in Jesus Christ gather together to take His Supper. This meal we often call “Communion.” Yet it seems personally that too often we forget the significance of that name. There is a reason that we call Communion “Communion.” In this post I want to briefly explore that reason and offer some suggestions about … Continue reading "Communion means Communion"
What is a Sunday morning church service for? As Christians, we meet together on the first day of every week, the day of Christ’s resurrection. We sing songs, hear preaching, and (hopefully) take Communion. But why? What is the purpose and goal of this meeting? To many people, our gathering together as the Church on Sunday is … Continue reading "Church Is for the Church"