Tag: church

exposing the wounds in the Church

I really wish this New Yorker profile of Karen Swallow Prior had been about three times as long, but it’ll have to do for now: The next morning, we shared a breakfast of scrambled eggs with some venison that Roy had...

/ January 11, 2019

“Is redemption even possible?”

It’s impossible not to be moved by this story about gang members in El Salvador finding redemption for their souls (and practical help for their very difficult post-gang life!) in local churches: As I speak to Gomez, the former gang...

/ January 1, 2019

a letter from a Chinese pastor

This is a moving letter from a Chinese pastor arrested for preaching the Gospel: Those who lock me up will one day be locked up by angels. Those who interrogate me will finally be questioned and judged by Christ.  When I...

/ December 21, 2018

“Shallow songs last for three years, and breed shallow believers that last for three years.”

Church Times has a fascinating (if somewhat meandering) report on the history and future of contemporary worship music: In fact, almost from the start, much of the critique of contemporary worship music has emerged from within the movement. Wimber was...

/ December 19, 2018

the paranoid style in American Christianity

We’re doomed! Doomed, I tell you: Take this seriously. We are like people on a beach, watching a tsunami build on the horizon. You know how tsunamis work, right? There’s an earthquake far out at sea, and the shock wave...

/ November 19, 2018

love in a time of really nasty politics

I really appreciate everything that Judy Wu Dominick writes, and this reflection on “loving your political frenemies” is no exception: I still ache over the anguish of some and the bigotry of others, but this prayer discipline has chipped away...

/ November 6, 2018

holy culture and horticulture

Wilfred McClay has a beautiful and much-needed essay at Comment on the tension Christians experience between our calling to be gardeners and pilgrims: We plant, tend, and nourish gardens, gather and prune them, negotiating and harmonizing the resultants of nature’s forces. We...

/ November 1, 2018

raising our kids to love others

Since yesterday’s post talked about the value of community and raised questions about how we’re raising our children to love others (or not), here’s a strong essay from D.L. Mayfield about that very subject! It is difficult to raise our...

/ October 25, 2018

the faith and work movement… for workers!

The Faith and Work movement set out to do something worthwhile: encouraging people to think of their work as a vocation honoring to God. Unfortunately, it has really focused on the vocations of the creative class and other upper-middle-class professionals...

/ October 18, 2018

the desperate need for global integrity

Christians should be people of integrity — the world is watching us as we image Christ, and if we are not living with integrity, we shame Him. Sadly, failures of integrity happen far more often than we would like, with...

/ October 12, 2018