Tag Archive: church

O Happy Day!

The United States Supreme Court paved the way today for the legalization of same-sex marriage. What a glorious day! Well, not for the reason you might think I would say that.  I am… Continue reading

Review: Sara Gaston Barton’s “A Woman Called”

When I stepped on to the campus of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1989 as a reserved and very foreign freshman everyone knew senior John Barton and his girlfriend Sara Gaston.  They… Continue reading

Taking the Bible As It Is, Not How We Want It

Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible, Chapter 6: Accepting Complexity and Ambiguity With a wondrous five-day break for Thanksgiving, I have finally been able to return to Christian Smith’s book on interpreting the… Continue reading

Women in Ministry (Part Three)

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet, Chapter 14, Silencing the Blue Parakeet (1), and Chapter 15, Silencing the Blue Parakeet (2) Regardless of the undeniable fact that women were active in ministry in the… Continue reading

Women in Ministry (Part Two)

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet, Chapter 12, What Did Women Do in the Old Testament and Chapter 13, What Did Women Do in the New Testament McKnight begins by questioning the whole way… Continue reading

Three Types of Church Dropouts

The Sunday school class I co-teach at church is working through David Kinnaman’s “You Lost Me,” a good research-based survey of the faith of Christian 18-29 year-olds (see my thoughts on the book… Continue reading

Book Review: David Kinnaman’s “You Lost Me”

I just finished David Kinnaman’s latest book, “You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . And Rethinking Faith.”  Altogether, I would give it a 3.5 out of 5. True… Continue reading

God’s Kingdom: A Review

Recently, I have been teaching about the theological concept of “kingdom” in the Sunday morning Bible class I am privileged to co-teach.  This great concept was central to Jesus and his teachings, and… Continue reading

The In-Breaking Kingdom

This past week in Sunday School class we talked about God’s “in-breaking” kingdom.  God does not leave this world in its fallen state.  He is actively working — often through us — to… Continue reading

Book Review: “Junia Is Not Alone” by Scot McKnight

If you come from a Christian tradition like the one I do that teaches that women are to be subordinated to men, especially in the church, I implore you to surf over to… Continue reading