Motivational Posters for the Emerging Church

My buddy Steve Lake links to these satirical "motivational posters for the emerging church." Whatever you think of the emerging church movement, these posters are pretty funny. Here are my favorites:                                                                                                                               Continue reading Motivational Posters for the Emerging Church

Bullwinkle Causes Global Warming

From Spiegel Online International: The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year — equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey. Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year through its belching and farting.   Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway’s technical university, said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as … Continue reading Bullwinkle Causes Global Warming

“Starbucks Spirituality”

Make sure to read "Starbucks Spirituality" over at It tells the story of Daniel Hill, a pastor, who also works part-time at Starbucks, and what he and others have learned about sharing Christ to a postmodern audience. Here’s a sample: Daniel Hill suggests that 90 percent of the accusations Christians face are rooted in mistrust. "I don’t find that people have a problem with Jesus," he says. "They have a problem with Christians." Anyone who claims authority today—politicians, parents, or pastors—will face the question of trust. Rick Richardson, author of Evangelism Outside the Box and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s national field … Continue reading “Starbucks Spirituality”

What to Expect When You Write about Revelation

As you know, I recently completed a Daily Word series on Revelation. Here’s one of the replies I received from an unknown correspondent: Sir:   In an attempt to prevent people from being distracted from the Truth, as well as a full-scale military confrontation between the United States/Israel and Iran, I suggest that you remove the information about the Revelation of John from your website and replace it with a link to:   Thanks,   Michael (Daniel 12:1, Sura 2:98 of the Koran, Column XVII of the Scroll of the War of the Sons of Light) Make of it what … Continue reading What to Expect When You Write about Revelation

“The Case for the Real Jesus” by Lee Strobel

In one of their songs, the Canadian rock band downhere asks, “Can anybody show me the real Jesus?” For two millennia, Christians have turned to the New Testament to answer this question. But in the modern era, doubts have been raised about the New Testament’s canon, text, originality, and truthfulness.   Lee Strobel thinks these doubts can be overcome, and in The Case for the Real Jesus, he sets out to do so using the format he popularized in The Case for Christ. For each doubt raised about the New Testament’s portrait of Jesus, Strobel interviews a scholar with relevant … Continue reading “The Case for the Real Jesus” by Lee Strobel

“A Phrase of Facile Liberality”

Over at the First Things blog, Robert T. Miller takes Roman Catholic Bishop Tiny Muskens to task for suggesting that Dutch Christians pray to God as Allah. (Muskens is bishop of Breda). The whole post is worth reading, but what I thought particularly excellent was this long quote from G.K. Chesterton: There is a phrase of facile liberality uttered again and again at ethical societies and parliaments of religion: “the religions of the earth differ in rites and forms, but they are the same in what they teach.” It is false; it is the opposite of the fact. The religions … Continue reading “A Phrase of Facile Liberality”

“The Big Idea” by Dave Ferguson et al

I am an information junkie. I read newspapers, magazines, books, and blogs. I watch TV and listen to talk radio. I consider myself a well-informed guy. But being well-informed is not the same thing as being wise or effective. Indeed, too much information can paralyze our ability to make decisions.   Our churches often contribute to this glut of information. The pastor preaches on one topic, Sunday school teachers teach on another, the worship leader sings new songs with multiple verses, and the announcement guy rambles on with the church’s upcoming events. No wonder parishioners get stuck in their spiritual … Continue reading “The Big Idea” by Dave Ferguson et al