"When the church fails to [speak the gospel], it fails to say the thing that it alone is capable of saying." Fleming Rutledge's book Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ aims to put death back at the center of the Christian faith. Not death in general, but the death of Christ. According to Rutledge, any … Continue reading Whatever happened to the crucifixion?
America is having problems with the Bible at the moment. Political liberals and conservatives seem to be cherry picking verses in order to justify their own assumptions. In just over a week there have been marches against the inauguration of Donald Trump, for the rights of women, for the sanctity of human life, and against … Continue reading The Bible and America – Five Guiding Principles
Pastoral Prayer – January 15, 2017 Gracious and Ever-living God Thank you for welcoming us into your presence and meeting us in your Word and prayer. We come into your presence claiming the merits of Christ alone and thank you that He is both our ransom and our surety—reconciling us to you. We thank you … Continue reading the seriousness and the joy of worship
In short, its Chicago politics--nasty and brutish.
The Anglican Fitzsimmons Allison wrote a beautifully-titled book, The Cruelty of Heresy. I haven't read it, but the title is bewitching. It captures the moral character of heresy as well as its deleterious on true faith. We tend to think of heresy as simply "unconventional beliefs" or "incorrect beliefs." For others, heresy is simply about power. They … Continue reading The cruelty of heresy