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Making Christian Television Great Again

If your background is Anglican or Roman Catholic, you might think that the world of Christian television is dominated by Evangelical voices, but you’d only be partly right. In fact, Christian TV is dominated by a certain type of Evangelical, most of whom, if not Pentecostal or Charismatic, are definitely is leaning in that direction. […]

Introverts and Extroverts

A few weeks ago one of my sons had an opportunity to have a one-on-one meeting with the pastor of a megachurch. He’s seen this person pour himself into an energetic sermon each week, but found that, off the platform, he was very quiet and unassuming. This pastor has admitted to his introvert character many […]

Wednesday Link List

Yes, it’s true. In Colorado and some other states this is known as the Weednesday Link List. We have a great list this week. I might just run it again next week. Seriously, these are all great links. No fillers this Wednesday. Parenting Place: The worst give you can give a middle-school student this Christmas. […]

Don’t Worry

Years ago someone told me that when you say to someone, “Don’t forget…” you are actually introducing the possibility that they might. So when my wife says to me, Don’t forget to pick up at milk at the grocery store on your way home my brain hears There is a possibility that you will forget […]

Pope Francis Shakes Up The Lord’s Prayer

Today’s article is presented jointly at Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201. Matthew 6:13a And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (KJV) And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (HCSB) And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one […]

Deleted Content

I bookmark articles I think will be useful to myself or to readers. Occasionally, I return to some of these only to find the writer has deleted that particular item. They continue to post daily, but I guess they want their site to reflect well on them, or perhaps they’ve recanted certain perspectives, or perhaps […]

Armageddon Preview: California Wildfires

Long before there was the Left Behind books and music, there were the Russell Doughten films. Growing up Evangelical in the ’70s and ’80s meant your church probably had showings of: A Thief in the Night (1972) A Distant Thunder (1978) Image of the Beast (1980) The Prodigal Planet (1983) While studies have shown that […]

Reckless Love: A Closer Look at the Song

Luke 15:11b [Jesus teaching] “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them…” Every so often I find myself captivated by a new worship song. Today I […]

Free Open-Source Worship Lyric Projection Software

When we’re asked to lead worship at another church, I try to get as much information as I can about the congregation and which songs they have been singing and what a typical service looks like. However, on a more practical level, we also need to know what type of piano/keyboard they have and which […]

Wednesday Link List

This turned out not badly, considering I didn’t get started until 5:00 PM Tuesday. Article suggestions are always welcomed. Over the years you’ve probably encountered articles by Warren Throckmorton about many people. This time, the tables are turned. It’s an article about Throckmorton and his stand on LGBT reparative therapy. Museum of the Bible: “…how […]

Praying to Who?

The woman was returning her shopping cart to the outside of the grocery store, as was I. She was talking to her friend. “They did the tests yesterday and now I’m just waiting for the results. So we’re praying.” I wanted to interrupt and say, “Praying to who?” You see, in the town where we […]

The Ravi Story

Last week we ran a series called Short Takes which meant I did not have an opportunity to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, nor do I feel that every blogger needs to pontificate on every breaking story. (See the first two items in Wednesday’s Link List if you’re not familiar […]

Short Takes (7): Flying Elephants

As a younger person, I frequently traveled to those large summer outdoor youth festivals which, for some reason, all seemed to take place in Pennsylvania. I remember one of the speakers talking about II Cor. 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things […]

Short Takes (6): Forgiveness

Forgiveness. Over the years there have been some great resources on the subject of forgiveness. It’s a popular theme in Christian books: Total Forgiveness by R. T. Kendall Five Languages of Apology by Gary Chapman The Gift of Forgiveness by Charles Stanley Choosing Forgiveness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Choosing Forgiveness by John and Paul Sandford […]

Short Takes (5): As It Is In Heaven

We’ve prayed it many times: Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven But how is God’s will done in heaven? I see two things, but perhaps you can think of others: (1) There is constant worship. The KJV of Rev. 4:8 says “they rest not.”  The NLT reads: […]

Short Takes (4): Alumni Association Appeals

You chose your college… You selected a residence… You paid your tuition… You bought your textbooks… You took the classes… You wrote the exams… You repeated the cycle for several more years… And now they want money. Even if you completed a one-year certificate course from a trade school, it’s possible that you’ve received a […]

Wednesday Link List

Lots of book-related stuff this week; it just worked out that way. Sit back and start clicking! Just sad. The false academic credentials scandal has apparently affected Ravi Zacharias… …And then as bad as it seemed, it got worse. The forward for what is most likely Gordon Fee’s final book was written by his daughter, […]

Short Takes (3): Sports References in Worship Services

When my youngest son posted this on Facebook on Sunday night, I knew this needed to be a topic here. The most important difference between Protestant sermons and Roman Catholic homilies is the differing regularity of sports analogies. When the whole “seeker sensitive” thing started, the premise was that you would have sermons that connected […]

Short Takes (2): Sin-Shaped Doctrine

All this week — except for Wednesday — we’re doing a series of shorter subjects. Throughout Christian history debates have raged on controversial doctrinal subjects. We see in part and understand in part. We see through a glass darkly. Different people read the same scriptures and come to very difficult conclusions as to their meaning. […]

Short Takes (1): The Bubble

All this week — except for Wednesday — we’re doing a series of shorter subjects. My youngest son recently spent four years attending a Christian university. Now that he’s interacting in the wider community, we’ve had some discussions about “life outside the bubble;” the idea that the broader world does not consist entirely of Christian […]

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