The Waterboarding Debate

A controversial interrograiton procedure, known as "waterboarding," is often in the news over the last year or two. Most people have no idea about what this term actually means or what happens when a person is waterboarded. I have several former-military friends who assure me that it is a horrible experience that makes you actually feel like you will die … Read More

Florida: The Day After

There seems to be very little doubt now that Senator John McCain is in the driver’s seat, if not almost assured of the Republican nomination for president. With Giuliani about to drop out, before Super Tuesday, and with only Governor Romney left as a serious challenger the conclusion does seem clear. But in politics, as they say, anything can happen … Read More

The Case for Christ: The Film

Former journalist and legal editor Lee Strobel (Chicago Tribune) has done perhaps more than any single modern writer to popularize the case for the Jesus of the Holy Scriptures. His book, The Case for Christ, is an award-winning, best-seller and his story is fairly widely known by this point in time. Lee was an atheist whose wife became a Christian … Read More

The New Reformation: Finding and Equipping Transformational Leadership

One example of the present missional moment struck me as worthy of real consideration by missionally thoughtful leaders this past week. I refer to the way younger people are responding to two of the presidential candidates—Barack Obama and John McCain. One is the youngest and the other is the oldest in the current primary contests. This demonstrates powerfully that age … Read More

God, Grace and Globalization

George Melloan, writing in the Wall Street Journal (January 11, 2008), noted that when Jesus warned his disciples (Matthew 6) against trying to serve two masters, God and mammon, that "An overly strict interpretation of his words seems to leave economics outside the realm of Christian theological inquiry." I concur, as readers of mine who frequent this blog site well … Read More

The Anglican Mission in the Americas and My Five Days in Dallas

I just returned home from a five-day preaching and teaching ministry in Dallas, Texas. My first stop was to minister at the annual Winter Conference of the Anglican Mission in the Americas, held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Dallas, January 23-26. There were a number of moving sessions for me but Sandy Millar, from the United Kingdom, was … Read More

The Life and Legend of Bear Bryant

The history of college football is preserved not only in words and numbers, but in images and notable symbols. One of the most enduring images is Bear Bryant, houndstooth hat on his head, leaning against a goalpost prior to an Alabama game. The first time I saw Bear Bryant in person was in 1957 when the Bear had just arrived … Read More

Evangelization in Haiti

No place I know has been evangelized, again and again, and yet without the lasting fruit of real discipleship, quite like the country of Haiti. Americans have dumped all kinds of money and effort into Haiti and few of these ministries have done truly lasting work for the kingdom. (There are marvelous exceptions but this generalization is sadly too true!) … Read More

The Box Office Rarely Lines Up with the Quality of Modern Films

Rarely are popular films a great success with critics. Some of this is snobbery and some of it is perspective on what makes a "great film" and what people simply enjoy watching. This has been generally true this year, as in the past. Presently the greatest box office films are I Am Legend and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. I … Read More

How to Handle the Political Debates in the Local Church

The Vault, a unique Web site, has recently provided data that says that in an election year 35 per cent of bosses will openly share their political views in the work place with employees and 66 percent of respondents said co-workers will candidly discuss politics with them. The same site also provides four tips for handling opinions and advocacy in … Read More