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39% of Christianity Today readers leave church

April 23rd, 2008

Having been a pastor, I simultaneously understand this behavior and wince at the same time. I have had a brief period of time in my 35+ years as a Christian that I did not go to church, I simply could not take it. As it is right now, I attend a post-modern emergent service at a Methodist church on Tuesday nights. I enjoy it very much and many times am one of the oldest people there.

More on Kinnaman, “Unchristian”

April 2nd, 2008

Troubling? Kinnaman’s interviews find that we are perceived in 3 basic ways by unbelievers in the USA. 1.Judgmental, 2.Anti-gay, 3.Hypocritical. I suspect that Paul the Apostle would give us some advice. I think he would be correct in assessing that we need it.

Kinnaman, “Unchristian”

March 29th, 2008

In 2007, Barna’s new organizational President, Kinnaman finished this sober work looking at what 16-29 year olds think of the church and christians in the west. To say this is “not pretty” is an understatement. Among other things, more young christians find the “f word” on network television more offensive than couples living together before marriage. We have a problem that extends beyond unbelievers not liking us. Our churches are filled with people that do not understand the Scriptures.

Dan Kimball’s book

March 19th, 2008

“They Like Jesus but not the Church” moves me two ways simultaneously. Kimball says things to us that we must say we like about reaching people graciously. At the same time, he writes about all of the terrible things we do in the church to drive people away and unfortunately, they are also mostly true. The answer is to preach the truth in love–that is a lot easier to write about than to do. He writes about tatoos, goths, lesbians, fundamentalists. He hits everybody. The tension is in not throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Christians in Jordan getting booted

March 2nd, 2008

Check this article out from the Washington Times. Julia Duin wrote it.

David Tyree, miracle catch in Super Bowl, devout Christian

February 28th, 2008

I was pleased to find out today that David Tyree, [who caught Eli Manning’s pass in the super bowl and held it to his helmet], is a serious believer. That is good news.

John Piper, Blogging Desiring God

February 27th, 2008

I was interested today to note that on the blog rating site, Truthlaidbear.com, Piper ranks in the top 100 blogs on the web. That is impressive.

Michelle Obama, Bachelor’s Thesis and Theology

February 25th, 2008

I like Barack Obama’s deportment. I think many [certainly not all] of the things he states are informed by his faith. I also think that my early statements about the nature of his theology are probably correct in that they are are informed by James Cone and his understanding of “Black Theology”. Parallel to that is Michelle Obama’s undergraduate thesis stating that she is basically still in exile and misunderstood by her liberal white profs. there at Princeton. [Find that thesis on Drudge] As much as I like Barack Obama, this recurrent undercurrent of racism concerns me.

Islam, Christianity Today and a great article

February 21st, 2008

This is worth checking out on Islam, conversion and where we really are and may be heading.http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/march/7.24.html

Crazy for God, Frank Schaeffer

February 19th, 2008

I saw Frank Schaeffer on Book TV the other night reviewing his own new memoir. I look forward to reading it-for free-at Border’s soon. He has moved theologically etc. etc. There was a sense of sadness as I listened to him, but I will review it soon after I read it.

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