PT Forsyth and the Centrality of the Cross

Friends, Here’s a lengthy, but necessary quote from my friend PT Forsyth. Every time I read something of his, I am astounded at his prescience (not to mention his depth of thought!) Here he is lamenting the church not only losing focus on the centrality of Christ’s cross and its vital connection to our salvation,… Continue reading PT Forsyth and the Centrality of the Cross

Suffering & God & The Cross

Friends, Aaron W Calhoun, MD, has a rather brilliant, if short, essay in the most recent issue of Touchstone titled “Jesus Wept.” In the short essay he touches on some of the objections that atheists and others come up with for why there almost certainly is not a god.  This part of the essay has been rehearsed… Continue reading Suffering & God & The Cross

Nothing New Under the Sun: Forsyth on the Kingdom

Friends, PT Forsyth died in 1921. Ever since I was introduced to his writings a little over 2 years ago, I have been constantly amazed at how prophetic his words were. He spoke to a generation of Christians that, evidently, were not much different from the current generation even though we are separated by a… Continue reading Nothing New Under the Sun: Forsyth on the Kingdom

“Are Atheists the New Gays?” or Are Faith and Reason Incompatible?

Friends, I haven’t yet figured out this fella named Dinesh D’Souza. He seems to be all the rage nowadays among certain wings of churchianity. However, I came across this little essay he wrote and published at Townhall.com and I thought it was a rather interesting piece: Are Atheists the New Gays? Mr D’Souza spends the majority… Continue reading “Are Atheists the New Gays?” or Are Faith and Reason Incompatible?

Tila Tequila: “Love is just love…”

Friends, In the Gospel of John, we read this story: 1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in… Continue reading Tila Tequila: “Love is just love…”

90 Days with Jesus, Day 38: John 8:12-20: No Other Way but the Cross of Jesus

John 8:21-30 21Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.” 22This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?” 23But he continued, “You… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 38: John 8:12-20: No Other Way but the Cross of Jesus

90 Days with Jesus, Day 36: John 7:53-8:11: The Sound of Grace

John 7:53-8:11 53Then each went to his own home. 1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery.… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 36: John 7:53-8:11: The Sound of Grace

90 Days with Jesus, Day 29: John 7:1-9: His Time, not ours

John 7:1-9 1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 29: John 7:1-9: His Time, not ours

90 Days With Jesus, Day 14: John 4:11-26: No Excuses

Friends, these verses are tough. I hope I have done well by them and not obscured the meaning. I have checked my understanding against a couple of commentaries and found that I am not un-orthodox in my interpretation. Nevertheless, I apologize if I have made this more difficult than it needs to be.–Jerry   John 4:11-26   … Continue reading 90 Days With Jesus, Day 14: John 4:11-26: No Excuses

90 Days with Jesus, Day 13: John 4:1-10: Jesus Talks With…Anyone

John 4:1-10 1The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4Now he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 13: John 4:1-10: Jesus Talks With…Anyone

Our Work: The Jesus Way & The Cross

Earlier this year Eugene Peterson published his third in a series of books on spiritual theology. The book, The Jesus Way, is a remarkable portrait of the nature of a true disciple of Jesus. It is a way characterized by sacrifice, failure, the margins, and holiness. He wrote, “More often than not I find my… Continue reading Our Work: The Jesus Way & The Cross

Church Membership, Sin, & Preaching

PT Forsyth wrote, in 1908-1909, the following words concerning Church membership in his day: “The reports that come in are clear about the cooling of that interest as they are about the drop in membership of the churches. The decay in membership of the Church is due to a decay of membership in Christ. Our social… Continue reading Church Membership, Sin, & Preaching