The Horrifying Doctrine Disguised as a Pretty Flower, pts. 1 & 2

Friends, I have this knot inside of me. Part of it is due to a conversation I have been having with another blogger. The knot concerns the theological construct known simultaneously as Calvinism or Augustinianismor Reformed Theology. I’d like to offer a few preliminary thoughts on this subject, but only insofar as it pertains to… Continue reading The Horrifying Doctrine Disguised as a Pretty Flower, pts. 1 & 2

Hans Kung on Being Christian as Being Radically Human

Friends, A friend of mine gave me a copy of Hans Kungs On being a Christian the other day. I have had only a chance to browse through it a couple of times, but today, while studying the way in which the prophet Isaiah uses the word ‘justice’ (Hb tsadiq or tsadiqa), I opened it… Continue reading Hans Kung on Being Christian as Being Radically Human

On Discernment and Birds: An Essay about Diversity in the Church

Friends, Since not all of you will happen to visit CRN.info, I have decided to re-post my latest entry here at Life Under the Blue Sky. While the catalyst for the post was Ingrid Schleuter’s compelling review of the Inspiring Excellence pageant at Tinley Park, Illinois, the bulk of the essay concerns unity in the… Continue reading On Discernment and Birds: An Essay about Diversity in the Church

A follow Up to Desperation: Grace and Faith

Friends, I posted a day or two or three ago about being desperate for Jesus. I used a quote from Mike Yaconelli’s book Messy Spiritualityto convey the idea. Well I re-posted it at CRN.info and Analysis where I have been doing some writing and got some more good feedback from the readers there. One of… Continue reading A follow Up to Desperation: Grace and Faith

Living Under the Blue Sky with Kids in Junior High

Friends, Next week I will be literally living under the blue sky as I play dean for a group of local junior high students at our local church camp, Blue Rock Christian Camp. That said, I will be on break from LUBS until at least the following Monday. I hope you will keep reading and… Continue reading Living Under the Blue Sky with Kids in Junior High

A New Kind of Lawsuit

Friends, A while back, I was assured by several readers that a certain House Bill H.R. 1592 and its Senate companion S.B. 1105¬†would in no way infringe upon the free speech rights of Christians who believe homosexuality is a sin and preach in accordance with the Scriptural (Old & New Testament) teaching prohibiting such activity.… Continue reading A New Kind of Lawsuit

David Garland on Desperation & Faith

Friends, Yesterday I came across that stunning quote by the late Mike Yaconelli. Today, during some more preparation, I came across this quote by David Garland in the NIV Application Commentary on Mark’s Gospel (5:21-43): “Faith is impelled by desperation that Jesus is sufficient to meet whatever need one has. The ruler and the woman… Continue reading David Garland on Desperation & Faith

Highlighting Blogs for Fun: Eternity Matters

Friends, I realize the blog world is huge and so, at the risk of diminishing your constant support of my own blog, I have decided to step out a little bit and begin to highlight some other blogs that I happen to come across here at wordpress. I don’t know if I’ll get to it… Continue reading Highlighting Blogs for Fun: Eternity Matters

Mike Yaconelli on Spirituality and Desperation

Friends, I read this book a couple of years ago. I saw it on the shelf today while preparing lessons for my week of deaning junior high church camp next week. I saw one of those small green post-it flags attached to a page so I turned to it to see what had caught my… Continue reading Mike Yaconelli on Spirituality and Desperation