A review of Brand Luther, by Andrew Pettegree Few figures in history are attributed as many profiles as Martin Luther. Books of all kinds portray him not only as a reformer, but as a family man, a preacher, a revolutionary, a heretic, a madman, a prophet, a renegade, or even a “demon in the appearance … Continue reading Martin Luther, a Master of Media?
This essay, like Gaul, is divided into three parts, but it begins with the same question Adolf von Harnack asked over a hundred years ago: What is Christianity? Like Harnack, we desire a historical answer. Christianity insistently directs its origin to a divine revelation to humanity in the person of Jesus, the Messiah and the … Continue reading The Early Christian Appropriation of Pagan Piety
I'm reviewing The Next Worship by Sandra Maria Van Opstal. As of yesterday, I completed page fifty-five, which means I'm over a quarter of my way through the book. In this work, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year Award of Merit, Opstal argues that a multi-ethnic congregation and a cross-cultural style of worship … Continue reading A Brief Rant on Worship
Statues of Robert E. Lee and Confederate flags aside, what other gestures are available to us to publicly honor the Confederate Americans who died in the Civil War? Or is any association with the Confederacy ipso facto disqualification from any place of public honor, no matter how great the sacrifice or how noble the intentions?
Farkasfalvy’s goal in this chapter is to expound the relationship between Christianity and the Jewish Scriptures. The formula given is a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “All that has been written has been written for us.” By “All that has been written,” Farkasfalvy means Paul means the entirety of the Jewish Scriptures; by “written for us,” he means the Christian Church.
Music frames so many elements of Christianity that a worship service without music would be unrecognizable to the earliest Christians, the Apostles, or the Old Testament Prophets. They would think something was seriously wrong with a tuneless church. Every church needs music, and it should be done well. But there isn’t an equal distribution of talent. Oftentimes, worship … Continue reading 3 Views: Is It Okay to Hire Non-Christians Onto My Worship Team?
Every business is conceived inside a catch-22. On the one hand, a business cannot grow until it has the confidence of investors. On the other hand, it can’t win the confidence of investors until it has begun to grow—or at least given sufficient grounds that it will. In many respects, churches face a similar paradox: … Continue reading Church Fraud and Financial Stewardship: A Cautionary Tale from Silicon Valley
That one time the sky was moody, marriage hit concrete, and all it took was a mocha to become modelling material. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-nOBb7ozmk&lc=z12ndjhgdwazgvrwt04cid0jctyrzvl4jdo
“I am a small church pastor. And I am not a failure.” So opens The Grasshopper Myth, a daring little book by Karl Vaters, pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. As a child of the Church Growth Movement, Vaters spent years reading books, attending conferences, and applying innovative growth practices to his modest congregation. But like … Continue reading Bigthink: How We Mistake Church Growth for Church Health
“The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context,” by Myron Bradley Penner, a Canadian philosopher and Anglican priest, calls for the trial and death of apologetics, which he claims “might be the single biggest threat to genuine Christian faith that we face today” (now and hereafter, all emphases in quotes are his). More … Continue reading Recovering Traditional Apologetics: a Review of Penner’s “The End of Apologetics”