Tag: church

It Turns Out Older Churches Are More Progressive Than Newer Ones

What with the secularization of American society, increasing moves toward and beyond relativism, and advancing political progressivism, one might presume new church plants are more liberal than churches planted 50 or 100 years ago. Actually,...

/ August 10, 2018

Neither Dependence nor Independence

Perhaps the chief value of modern American society, apart from abstract “freedom” and capitalism, is individualism. The idea that we can be the best, do as we please, and be responsible for and to ourselves...

/ July 4, 2018

Global Christianity Breakdown by Denomination and Rite

There are about 2.5 billion Christians in the world. That’s more than 35 percent of humanity. So why do so many Christians feel like they’re in the minority? Part of it is perception. Part of...

/ June 28, 2018

Why the Church Needs to Care About Refugees

Through Moses, God ordered the Israelites to care for the aliens among them. The Israelites and the apostles were told to care for strangers. Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan. Every sermon you’ve...

/ March 19, 2018

Why the Church Has a Unique Role in Responding to Refugeeism

For thousands of years the people of God have been part of the ever-unfolding story of exiles and migrants in the world. We have been refugees, refugee-makers, and sources of refuge. This is no less...

/ March 12, 2018

The Church’s strong showing on behalf of refugees

I attended a Catholic mass on Sunday. The message there, and across the Catholic universe, came from the Beatitudes.  Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those...

/ January 31, 2017

A Prayer for the President and the Church on Inauguration Day

Father in Heaven, We praise you because you are always good. Always sovereign. Always loving. We praise you because the government is on your shoulders. You are King of kings and Lord of lords. We...

/ January 20, 2017

Dayenu – It Would Have Been Enough

It’s Maundy (mandatum) Thursday, the day Jesus gave his mandate: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another....

/ April 2, 2015

And There Was Great Rejoicing in Ongata Rongai

It was fitting that our first full day in Nairobi was a Sunday, a very necessary Sabbath after an eventful and far-from relaxing day of travel. After spending 16 hours in narrow metal canisters shooting...

/ September 28, 2014

Can we safeguard against bad missions?

Over the last few years, I’ve thought a fair amount about mission work – the opportunity, the necessity, the privilege, but also the evils and hurt of it. Many of those thoughts have bounced around again,...

/ September 15, 2014