Category: Church

Five Ministry Dynamics for the Gray Zone

From Rebuilders, which continues to be one of my favorite podcasts. Essential listening for ministry leaders, pastors, etc. Here they are discussing challenges that are confronting the church in what Sayers calls a “gray zone.” Gray zones refer to historical...

/ August 4, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda VI

Kaunda on churches and the life of nations: We need the uncommitted [Kaunda is referring to intellectuals not employed by the state or by a political party] intellectual whose mind is able to range widely and to occupy himself with...

/ August 1, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda V

More on nationalism: The leader must recognize that politics alone do not create a nation; a whole network of cultural, religious and social factors play an important role. Nation-building, therefore, is not solely a political operation, active encouragement must also...

/ July 29, 2022

Being Deep in History

Between the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon there were 126 years—years that were fraught with contentious debate within the church over essential Christian doctrines. We tend to forget that now as those debates have become so remote that we don’t...

/ July 7, 2022

What I Saw at the Justice Summit

Last week I spent two days on the south side of Chicago attending the justice summit at Progressive Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. Dr. Charlie Dates. These are some general observations from my time there, though I expect that...

/ June 21, 2022

Church Life and Social Collapse

Anne Helen Petersen recently featured a piece on her Substack written by a Peloton customer sharing her experience with the company. What’s most striking about the piece is the title, though it is helpful to read the whole thing to...

/ April 26, 2022

Church Does Not Equal Content

(I’m indebted to Mark Sayers and Myles Werntz for much of what follows.) If church can just permanently be online for anyone who wishes it to be, then church is effectively little more than content: it’s music and speech beamed...

/ April 25, 2022

The Bavinck Turn

In his (excellent) biography of Bavinck, James Eglinton notes a shift that happened in the great Dutch theologian around the turn of the century. Earlier in his career, Bavinck was deeply concerned with the project of reinvigorating Calvinism in the...

/ March 30, 2022

Moving On

If you’ve followed the discourse around sexuality and the PCA, then you’ve likely seen Tim Keller’s recent piece, which has provoked some strong reactions within the PCA. It’s a helpful write-up of what has happened so far. This is my...

/ March 24, 2022

Every New Day, Love Song for a Savior, and Dechurching

I was at the last show Five Iron Frenzy played outside Colorado. In 2004 they passed through Lincoln on their way back home for their final two shows, both played in their hometown of Denver. But before that they played...

/ March 18, 2022