Category: Church

Essays to Live By: Smart Guys on Diverse and Sundry Topics

I spent the last hour reading a few very, very good essays and interviews. I was only intending to spend 15 minutes or so, but the more I read the more I was edified. Steven Pinker has come under fire...

/ December 1, 2006

Emphatic Evangelicalism: A Gem by Fred Sanders

A recent discussion here at Mere-O ended with questions about the essence of evangelicalism. Enter Dr. Fred Sanders, theologian extraordinaire, who offers this dandy of a post on “Emphatic Evangelicalism.” Dr. Sanders was a professor and remains a hero, so...

/ September 17, 2006

Tradition

Tradition and my church have an odd relationship. My church vocally and vociferously decries religious tradition as the dirty fingerprint that sinful man leaves upon the pure and undefield religion of God. If only men had sense enough to neither...

/ September 17, 2006

Blogotional and the Church

John has an incredibly sensible thought today on the Church. Drawing from Jollyblogger’s extensive critique of George Barna’s new book, John writes: God does not change, and neither, fundamentally, do we. Why is the question, “What do we do today,”...

/ November 16, 2005

Caritas Vincit Omnia

While a student at Oxford, I had the unique opportunity of living with several guys from various Christian traditions. If memory serves me well, we had two Calvary Chapel types, one Baptist, a Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and a Mennonite Brethren....

/ November 6, 2005

Under Review: Listening to the Spirit in the Text

(Note: I’m republishing this review as I am currently in St. Louis. Normal blogging returns Sunday). On a recent foray into our library, I picked up Gordon Fee’s Listening to the Spirit in the Text. A treasure trove of previously...

/ July 12, 2005

St. John Chrysostom on Romans

Lately I’ve been reading St. John Chrysostom’s homilies on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. A striking feature of Chrysostom’s writings (Chrysostom means “golden mouth” in the Greek for etymologists out there!) is how evangelical they sound! Yes, I mean...

/ July 10, 2005

Trent, Reformation, and the Spirit of Our Age

With all the news coverage of the passing of Pope John Paul II and now the election of Pope Benedict XVI, I have begun to hear more people abuzz with talk of ecumenism and the possibility of unity between Roman...

/ April 22, 2005

A Methodological Suggestion for Discussing the Evangelical Identity

Now that I have thought about Dr. Jackson’s characterization of evangelicalism a bit more, it has occurred to me that attempting to include a “spiritual ethos” in a description of evangelicalism is to fall prey to a “sociological” interpretation of...

/ February 12, 2005

On the Evangelical Identity

Dr. Andrew Jackson over at smartchristian.com ran an excellent series of posts on the evangelical identity some weeks ago. They should be required reading for any evangelical bloggers hoping to jump in to the fray. A sample: What we have...

/ February 12, 2005