Monthly Archives: June 2006

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism & Women | 1 Comment/Like

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelism | 2 Comments/Likes

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 … Continue reading

Posted in The Church | 1 Comment/Like

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Homosexuality | 3 Comments/Likes

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Emergent Church | 4 Comments/Likes

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Emergent Church | 3 Comments/Likes

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Reformed Christianity | 7 Comments/Likes

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, … Continue reading

Posted in Personal | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Music | 2 Comments/Likes

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Southern Baptists | 11 Comments/Likes