How often should the Lord’s Supper be?

Dec 13, 2017 by

The issue on the table today is how often we should celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Whether we call it Mass, Communion, Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper, how often? Here’s a reality: Some today are weekly...

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Oppose repealing the Johnson Amendment

Nov 30, 2017 by

Pastors in the USA have learned that church and state are separate. They have learned not to support candidates or a political party from the church or in their public ministries connected to the church. At...

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Prayer for President Donald Trump

Jan 20, 2017 by

I wrote this prayer for President Obama, and I adjust it for President Trump. I am committed to praying for this our new president and for our country. I hope you will too. As Peter said during the time of...

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Right or Left — it’s still empire

Oct 13, 2016 by

The tragic decisions of American Christianity to align itself with a political party has now landed in a pool of manure with a plop. You may be thinking of the Christian Right, and you’d be right. You may be...

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A Word-y people

Sep 9, 2016 by

St Francis never said it so far as we know, but many have attributed it to him: “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Whether he said it or not, many today think the primary form of...

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‘What’s an Anabaptist?’ Or is it ‘Who’s an Anabaptist?’

Aug 23, 2016 by

The best way to sort out “what” an Anabaptist is is by finding the stories of Anabaptists. Peter Mommsen’s exceptional study, Homage to a Broken Man, the story of J. Heinrich Arnold, is one of the finest...

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No creed but the Bible?

Aug 5, 2016 by

Three observations. First, in the history of the church nearly all churches have been creedal, and by that I mean they recite either The Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed (actually, the...

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Christian identity

Jul 21, 2016 by

Identity enters us from a variety of angles: for some it is some kind of inner self, for others it is one’s vocational passion, for others it is successes — physical, financial, possessions, for others it...

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The world’s most persecuted religion

Mar 1, 2016 by

There are two options when a member of any of the world’s major religions hears about persecution of its own members: strike back by persecuting the persecutor or tolerance. Contrary to what many believe...

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Is religion dying?

Feb 19, 2016 by

If you listen to the media you will hear that religion is dying, and in some ways the emergent movement was an attempt to say “we are the future because the present will die off.” At work in some themes...

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Some questions about heaven

Sep 28, 2015 by

Heaven, what used to be the primary motivator for many to become a Christian, or be a faithful Christian, has fallen on hard times. I discuss each of these questions (below) in my book, The Heaven Promise. I...

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White privilege, white nationalism, racism and Charleston

Jul 7, 2015 by

There is a reason, perhaps less in importance but perhaps just as insidious, why Christian communities of faith need to stop in their tracks and post a new life sign about the end of racism in the Church. That...

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The test question for your church

Apr 16, 2015 by

We tend to measure the “success” of a church by numbers. I propose in A Fellowship of Differents another way of measuring whether or not our church measures up to the kind of success that the Bible...

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Rethinking our approach to singleness

Oct 22, 2014 by

In his opening editorial to the autumn issue of Mutuality, Tim Kruger cites this set of lines from the apostle Paul about singleness: I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned...

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Evaluating the theology of Hauerwas

Apr 17, 2014 by

In 2001 Time magazine named Stanley Hauerwas, recently retired professor at Duke Divinity School, America’s Best Theologian. But Nicholas M. Healy, in his new book Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction,...

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The church: What is or what could be?

Apr 7, 2014 by

Do you love the church for what it could be or what it is? If the former, I suggest you read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s magisterial little book, Life Together. It is, so I think, his best book. No need,...

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