Speaking About God

The Presbyterian Church USA recently recommended, via its General Assembly, that new language for the Triune names of God be used in public worship. Suggestions included: “Compassionate Mother, Beloved Child and Life-giving Womb.” Another was “Overflowing Font, Living Water and Flowing River.” Then there was: “Rock, Cornerstone and Temple” as well as “Rainbow of Promise, Ark of Salvation and Dove … Read More

Friendship Evangelism May Be the Only Kind

Americans surprised pollsters in 1985 when they reported that they only had three close friends. Today, in 2006, they say they have only two such close friends. And one in four people say that they have no one with whom they can discuss important matters; i.e., no close friend as the survey defined the terms. These results had little to … Read More

The Future of American Christendom

June is the month for church assemblies and general conventions. Last week the Episcopalians and Presbyterians met and made headlines. Several weeks before it was the Southern Baptists who were in the news. The Episcopalians (ECUSA) chose a new presiding bishop, Katherine Jefferts Schori, who follows the controversial Frank Griswold, who led ECUSA to the shoals of ecclesiastical destruction over … Read More

A Sad Death and a Christian Response

Denice Dee Denton, 46, an embattled University of California chancellor, who was criticized for helping her lesbian partner secure a top-paying job at the University of Santa Californai Santa Cruz died Saturday morning in San Francisco after apparently jumping from a downtown hotel. UC Santa Cruz Campus Provost David S. Kliger said in a statement released on Saturday: "We are … Read More

Confessions of a Reformission Rev

I mentioned hearing Mark Driscoll (my June 21 blog) at the Acts 29 Network retreat this week. His new book, Confessions of a Reformission Rev: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (Zondervan, 2006) has just been published in the past few weeks. It is worth your time if you want to know the story of how a young man … Read More

The Grace and Honesty of Mark Driscoll

I am privileged this week to be a part of the Acts 29 Network pastor’s retreat in Boulder, Colorado. Today we heard Mark Driscoll speak very honestly about the subject of “Death by Ministry.” Mark candidly admitted that stress and the related physical and emotional symptoms that it brings to pastors is presently doing a number on him personally. He … Read More

Is TR the Right Designation?

Several days ago (June 2) I wrote ten questions about conservative Reformed movements that I think beg for careful thought and discussion by serious Christians within these various movements. While I’m at it, there is one more question that makes me wonder even more: Would it be more accurate to refer to some conservative Reformed spokesmen, not as TR (Truly … Read More

The ACT 3 Review: An Encouraging Endorsement

I rarely promote my own written work or the resources I edit and produce, since I feel completely uncomfortable praising things I am so directly associated with as an author. After all the Scripture does say, “Let another praise you, not your own mouth” (Proverbs 27:2). However, a friend will sometimes say things that encourage me wonderfully. Such was the … Read More

A Great Evening at the CSO

Conductor Daniel Barenboim is doing three farewell concerts this week with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). After about fifteen years of leading this great orchestra he will be moving on to other musical challenges in Europe. Barenboim chose three great pieces for his last three evenings with the CSO: Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. I … Read More

The SBC on Alcohol

The Southern Baptist Convention, which continues to discover new ways to promote the agenda of conservative populist groups within their circles, approved a resolution this week on the consumption of alcohol. The messengers to the annual convention dealt with fifteen resolutions this past week, including one on immigration and another on the environment, demonstrating that “hot buttons” often dominate conservative … Read More