My friend Gary Runn recently posted a link to a thoughtful New York Times article by Eric Weiner called, “Americans: Undecided About God?” Weiner finds himself dismayed by his lack of religious options during the holiday season. Although he would once have described himself as an atheist, hitting middle age and weathering a health scare […]Read More What Do ‘The Undecided’ Want in a Religion?
I’m in Colorado this summer, taking classes at the lay seminary the organization I work for hosts every other summer. One of my text books is Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley. I read a fascinating passage in the book about Clement of Alexandria, who is known as “the first Christian scholar.”Read More What Can We Learn from Clement?
Twice a year the missions organization I work for sets aside an entire day to pray. For one day in October and one in April all of us around the world stop our ministry activity and get on our knees to do the real work of the kingdom. And twice a year, I balk at […]Read More Prayer Request for More Prayer
The September/October 2010 edition of Mission Frontiers, the bulletin of the U.S. Center for World Mission, featured a number of fascinating articles about how ministry among Native North American peoples is shifting away from a paternalistic model toward a new contextualized one. The lead article by editor Rick Wood, entitled “Learning from Our Mistakes”, is a must-read for […]Read More Native American Leaders Are Changing The Face of Missions
Half the world’s population is now urban. And as the worldwide shift from rural to urban continues, the influence of the world’s cities will continue to grow as well. But which cities are the most influential? Foreign Policy magazine, management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs recently posted an updated […]Read More Which Cities Are The Most Global?
Recently I heard a message on a Matthew 9:35-38, a beloved passage of mine. It reads: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed […]Read More Uprooted
The Christian blogosphere is abuzz this week, following the Supreme Court case Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. Click here to read the Associated Press article about it. In a nutshell, CLS v. Martinez is about this: University of California’s Hastings College of the Law requires that recognized campus groups must not exclude people due to […]Read More Some Thoughts On Christian Legal Society v. Martinez