Neither Traditional Nor Contemporary

Presenting a third way that shares some of the concerns of both the advocates of “contemporary” and “traditional” worship

The practice of the first 600 years of the church and for the 200 years of Reformation is more ancient than the 18th and 19th-century revisions that his approach seeks to preserve. To the “contemporary worship” folk I say: Perhaps historic worship would interest you more if you saw how truly radical it is?  ... Continue Reading

Portland Child Evangelism Fellowship Under Fire For Preaching About Sin

Angry residents say that CEF does not present “Jesus loves you” mainstream Christianity

“The Portland chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing resistance from some area residents as they conduct voluntary summer camps in the area and plan on hosting after-school Bible studies in local public schools. The problem? CEF teaches children that each person is a sinner in need of the Savior.”   A chapter of... Continue Reading

Evangelism: On Our Radar

“On my radar” says that something is a target of my attention

We can bring the Great Commission to our radar not by seeing it as a project but by seeing it as people. Who are five people in your neighborhood who need Jesus Christ?  These can range from militant atheists, to the religiously disinterested, to those vaguely spiritual, to the seekers who seem not far from... Continue Reading

Why You Should Try a New Church This Sunday

The diversity of Christian expression indicates a real tension that emerges from dramatic theological differences.

There are Christians who believe we should come to God on our knees as a supplicant. Others stretch their arms aloft like a child, as if begging for their heavenly Father to lift them up. Imagine an average Presbyterian going into a Charismatic service where speaking in tongues is common. The mainline Protestant might wonder... Continue Reading

World Vision’s War Against The Jewish State

World Vision rarely misses an opportunity to blame Israel for the suffering it confronts

“The difference between World Vision’s approach to violence in Syria and Israel is so stark that it is impossible to believe that the people who run the organization from their offices in Federal Way, Washington do not see what is happening. People like Kevin Jenkins, the organization’s international president, simply do not get put in... Continue Reading

Does a Black Pastor Have to Plant a Black Church?

The common assumption for a black church planter is that he will plant a black or multi-ethnic church

“One African-American church planter summarized these concerns well. In an interview for a dissertation on African-American church planters, the man said, “It is a struggle to not feel guilty about not being where other people think you should be, especially if you think that it is simply because of your skin tone…This is a struggle... Continue Reading

Active Duty Navy Chaplains Needed

The Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains says that there exist openings for new chaplains in the Navy

The military chaplaincy provides a remarkable circumstance for teaching the great truths of Scripture, even in the context of some opposition from those who are hostile to God’s Holy Word, and many who are eager to hear and understand the Bible.  It also presents challenges which can be instrumental in a pastor’s own spiritual growth in grace, discernment and effectiveness.... Continue Reading

A Few More Reasons Why We Should Use Hymnals…

Readers add more reasons to why it is good to use hymnals

“…children learn to sing hymns with help from their parents. This past Sunday I witnessed three different sets of families where one of the parents placed their hymnal low enough for the child next to them to sing and the parent’s finger was sliding along the text and music so the child could learn to... Continue Reading

Gordon College Was Misrepresented

A true, non-coercive pluralism is desperately needed in America

It’s a sad thing when good institutions and good people are unfairly characterized or misrepresented. It’s the kind of sadness (and anger) that I feel when vitriolic, demeaning or hateful language are directed against people because of their race, gender, or sexual identity. In both cases, we poison our public discourse and undermine our ability... Continue Reading

Leadership: Three Crucial Priorities for Shepherd Leaders

Sheep need a shepherd and shepherds live among their sheep

Leaders who understand their role as shepherds do not peer down at their people from a holy hayloft and drop an occasional bale of sustenance in the form of a finely-crafted homily. Neither do they allow their flocks to live in false peace. Shepherd leaders live among their people and pay “careful attention … to... Continue Reading