I’ve been writing about the question of “keeping the cookies on the lower shelf” in Sunday morning sermons. Here are some ways you (as pastor) or your church can raise the level of discussion, and build discipleship of the mind, without leaving any listeners behind: Ask, “Who would have a problem with this biblical message, […]
When one church says hate has no home here, another says all are welcome, yet both seem to be talking about the same thing & agreeing, what do we conclude?
Just published at The Stream, one of my more important articles ever: “A Time for Anger, A Time for Grief.” The Western world is in spiritual crisis like never before. Persecution of Christians is on the rise. Spiritual apathy is increasing. The LGBT movement is literally attacking Christian faith through charges of its being hateful […]
John Loftus, the affable hat-wearing atheist who loves to poke quasi-informed fun at Christians, posted this on Facebook yesterday: Except for extremely rare circumstance I don’t go to church. For one thing, I don’t need to be reminded to be good. For another, I find a deity who commands people to worship him egocentric, regardless of […]
Port Mouton, N.S. United Church Stand with your atheist pastor friends! That’s the example being reported this week on Canadian wire services (I picked it up at The Globe and Mail). This is not a parody story. A retired United Church minister has asked to be formally defrocked as a protest against the potential firing of a colleague […]
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to redefine marriage as “a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.” The news was “welcomed” by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, which calls for “a Church as generous and just as God’s […]
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Bible and Homosexuality Harold Camping was certain the world would end on May 21, 2011. He was convinced that was what the Bible said. You might say he was certainly wrong. He wanted to deliver a warning to those who disregard the Bible. It ended up […]
This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian Atheists Are Made, Not Born Dr. Peter Boghossian’s book A Manual for Creating Atheists is due for publication on November 1. What the title implies is true: atheists are made, not born. Some atheists seem to think that atheism is a sort of […]