Some of Roger Nicole’s Last Written Words

Alan Johnson, my former professor and good friend, sent me an email a few weeks ago that I want to share with you. This email is related to my post of yesterday regarding the book, How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership (October, 2010). Alan wrote to all twenty-one contributors to this book, minus one, the following note: … Read More

How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership

When my former Wheaton College professor, Dr Alan Johnson, asked me to tell my personal story of how my mind was changed about women in leadership I hesitated at first. I did not want to take any emphasis away from missional-ecumenism by turning toward a new “hot button” issue that would give people more reasons to not deal with my … Read More

Can You Say Roll Tide?

If you are an Alabama football fan then you know the universal password is: “Roll Tide.” Or, in the longer form, “Roll Tide, Roll” or in texting simply RTR. I had at least a half dozens friends tell me about this new ESPN commercial this week. Somehow I had missed it but I found it online this weekend. Here it … Read More

My Plans for Writing in 2011

As I mentioned yesterday a major part of my role with ACT 3 is research and writing. I will spend anywhere from 4-7 hours a day on reading and writing. This includes blogs, the ACT 3 Weekly (which you can get by free subscription at and reviews and articles for other ministries, books and periodicals. But the major effort … Read More

2011: The Year Ahead for ACT 3

James, most likely the half-brother of Jesus, wrote in the general epistle attributed to him: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a … Read More

The Year in Review

I want to share a few personal things at the end of 2010. Today I want to look back over 2010 and then tomorrow take a glance forward, by faith, toward the year 2011 ahead. “Human beings are born to trouble just as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).  Each year has its troubles and as we age these become more … Read More

Thank You For Forty Years

Forty years ago, on December 26, 1970, I married the person who has singularly done more to “raise me up” than any other individual. My wife/partner/dearest friend Anita brings such abiding joy to my life that I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to her or to adequately praise and honor her before my friends and acquaintances. There is … Read More

A Merry Digital Christmas

This is pretty clever. I sometimes have to smile at the creativity of people who make You Tube clips like this one. Enjoy and do, everyone who visits this blog now and then, have a Merry Christmas this day.

Sacred Sexuality and Friendship

Author Dan Brennan believes that friendship love between a man and a woman is poised to become a receptive love that can coexist with marriage and not become a rival to it. I doubt that few conservative pastors or marriage and family writers in America agree with him. His thesis is simple, but clearly provocative: cross-sex friendship love is a … Read More

Aren’t You Playing with Fire?

When Dan Brennan began to explore his view of human sexuality and cross-gender friendships his pastor implored him to be extremely careful. His counsel was simple: “Dan, you’re playing with fire! Men and women are hard-wired for sexual union when they enjoy intimacy with each other” (21). To be honest this is exactly what I would have said before reading … Read More