At Last… The Emerging Church Defined

mssnl-1.jpgIt seems that the body of Christ is having a tough time naming its latest protuberance. What is this soft mass we’ve been calling the Emerging Church? It has been said to mean many things. It has been said to defy definition. It has been said to be so new (emerging) that we don’t know what it is yet.

Well, I believe I have it figured out. You are welcome to join the conversation. Here is the essential glossary of the emerging church. Continue reading


Legalism for the 21st Century

oldswimwear.jpegIn the 18th century it was showing any skin, sabbath breaking, or failing to wear a hat in public (men).

In the 19th century the church added going to the (live) theater and playing cards.

In the 20th century it was dancing, drinking, movies, tattoos, and piercings.

In the 21st century, all that stuff is okay. But legalism still thrives under a different guise. The church has rightly shed its archaic taboos. Thank God. But we’ve substituted a different legalism. Not a legalism of rules, but a a legalism way more depressing and harder to spot. Continue reading

The Golden Compass Points the Wrong Way

200px-the_golden_compass.jpgNicole Kidman’s The Golden Compass hits the theaters tomorrow.

For the record, I’m not hopping on an evangelical anti-everything bandwagon. I avoid that stuff. Why are we so shocked when the world acts like the world? Why should we expect the world to value what followers of Jesus value?

“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14, NKJV. Continue reading

To Debate Or NOT to Debate?

boxinggloves.jpegIf you’ve followed this blog and its comments you noticed that the discussion turned errr… a little feisty yesterday. The heat centered on one commenter in particular whose comments tend to be critical of things I say. There are a couple like that, and I occasionally reply, but often do not.

Fellow commenters did.

Now it’s my turn. Continue reading

The Cost of Discipleship!

bears.jpgFirst, GO BEARS! Great game last night, defeating the Green Bay Packers, and making this Chicagoan extremely happy! Final score: 27-20, Bears!

Second, THANK YOU to everybody who weighed in on their interpretation of the very tough Luke Passage on Discipleship (scroll down 2 posts). You guys did a great job, and are very brave.

So, now I’ll stick my neck out. Here is my interpretation of this key passage on discipleship. I’ll start by saying that, like many gospel passages, the failure to do justice to the larger context causes an INVERSION of the meaning. That is, most interpreters actually REVERSE the intended meaning! (And I don’t use exclamation marks frivolously!!!!) In my humble opinion–and you may disagree with me–this passage has been turned on its ear to place a price-tag on discipleship that neither Jesus nor Luke ever intended. Continue reading

Christopher Hitchens is Partly Right

christopher_hitchens_crop.jpgHitchens’ book has stayed a best seller for months. It’s still selling like hotcakes. That’s too bad, because it’s one of the most effective ANTI-CHRISTIAN books I’ve ever read. Scary, huh? His book is called: God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Hitchens writes with the intrigue of a journalist and the passion of a crusader. Unfortunately, his crusade is to wipe religion, including Christianity, off the map.

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