Tag Archive: religion

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

What’s Wrong with Work?

In the first section of their book Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf do a superb job of exploring what work was intended to be: a calling to other-focused service… Continue reading

More Than Just a Job (Why Work Is Good Not Evil)

For too many people, their faith has little to do with their work.  Sure, they don’t allow their jobs to be an excuse for ruthlessness or immorality, but their faith doesn’t inform their… Continue reading

Top 10 Things Learned about Reading the Bible from “The Blue Parakeet”

I have finally finished a close and slow reading of Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet.  This is the first of three books I am wanting to read on how best to interpret and… 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 One)

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet, Part 4 Introduction, Women in Church Ministries Today and Chapter 11, The Bible and Women  We now come to the last third of the book in which McKnight… Continue reading

How To Apply The Bible (well, sort of!)

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet, Chapter 9: “The Year of Living Jesus-ly” & Chapter 10: “Finding the Pattern of Discernment“ As we read our Bibles, we can listen carefully but we still have… 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: “A Spirituality of Living” by Henri Nouwen

So much of life has rhythm.  The seasons move from one to another in predictable and regular motion.  Tides have rhythm.  So too the lives of animals.  Our moods and spirits even move… Continue reading