Category Archives: The Christian Minister/Ministry

The Abuse of Women and Our Response (Part Two)

The case of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice’s assault on his fiancé in February of this year underscores a major problem in the NFL and our culture in general – women are still being abused and many institutions (mostly those … Continue reading

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The Abuse of Women and Our Response (Part One)

Women are abused every day, perhaps no less so than a few decades ago when the problem was not as open for the public to see as it has been in the early 21st century. This abuse might be even … Continue reading

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Missional-Ecumenism in Dubuque

I have spent the last two full days in Dubuque, Iowa. I have been visiting the University of Dubuque. Today I will meet with Dr. Les Longden, a professor who retires this term after fourteen years in Dubuque. I will teach … Continue reading

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In Search of Deep Faith

I had the joy of meeting Dr. Jim Belcher some years ago when he pastored Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. I cultivated a growing relationship with Jim, and his family, and spoke several times to his congregation. I … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Books, Church History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Education, Emergent Church, Faith, Missional Church, Personal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church | 10 Comments/Likes

A Baptist Minister Drawing Lessons from Pope Francis

In late October I visited with Michael and Nancy Ristau, two dear friends who live in Lexington, Kentucky. I met Michael while speaking on a mens’ retreat for several churches in California years ago. Michael and Nancy are like other … Continue reading

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Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama – The Legacy Lives (2)

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church calls itself: “A Bible-Centric Ministry.” The Sunday bulletin proclaims, just under the name of the church, that this is a place “Where Jesus Christ Is the Main Attraction.” Inside the bulletin there is a vision … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Civil Rights, Missional Church, Personal, Race and Racism, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church | 3 Comments/Likes

Leaders Who Focus on People, Not Just Ideas

Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who is best known as the author of 39 books about spirituality. Nouwen studied psychology and theology and has had a profoundly human way of making spirituality come alive for … Continue reading

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The Missional Paradigm and Effective Seminary Education

Last week I wrote several blogs on the state of theological education in North America. I suggested that seminaries need to adjust their mission to the rapidly changing context of the church in twenty-first century America. I further suggested that … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Culture, Discipleship, Kingdom of God, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Pastoral Renewal, Renewal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future | 7 Comments/Likes

A New Kind of Leader in the Irish Methodist Church

Dr. Heather Morris, the first female leader of a major church body in Ireland, was recently installed as the President of the Methodist Church, at a gathering at Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. Martin O’Brien, editor of The Irish Catholic, writes that … Continue reading

Posted in Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Feminism & Women, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Pastoral Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future, Women in the Church | 18 Comments/Likes

Same-Sex Marriage Redux (1)

Gay marriage is clearly “the great debate” of the hour. People on both sides, and all sides in between, debate the meaning of Scripture’s witness to the covenant of marriage and the role of the state in making civil law. … Continue reading

Posted in Homosexuality, Love, Marriage & Family, Personal, Separation of Church & State, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church | 20 Comments/Likes