Monthly Archives: August 2015

BLOG 8/30/15. WHERE IS THE CHURCH’S VOICE ON GUN VIOLENCE?

BLOG 8/30/15. THE CHURCH’S SILENCE ON GUN VIOLENCE: WHY? The statistics on gun violence and gun-related deaths in the United States are frightening, even nightmarish. They are so horrendous that statistics from mass killings, and terrorists killings in other nations, … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/26/15. THE PARABLE OF LAZARUS AND DIVES: WEALTH AND POVERTY.

BLOG 8/26/15. THE PARABLE OF LAZARUS AND DIVES: WEALTH AND POVERTY, THE ISSUE IS REAL AND INESCAPABLE. The political atmosphere contains the frequent reminder of the awesome influence of the 1% of the wealthy in this nation, and the apparent … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/23/15. ARE DENOMINATIONS CONFUSING, OR WHAT?

BLOG. 8/23/15. CHURCH DENOMINATIONS CERTAINLY MUST BE CONFUSING Mercy! If I were an observer unacquainted with much of what the church is all about, I certainly would be confused by denominations. I can have sympathy with such, because many of … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/19/15. JOHN OLIVER . . . AND THE EMPEROR CONSTANTINE

BLOG 8/19/15. JOHN OLIVER . . . AND EMPEROR CONSTANTINE It might seem strange, if not ridiculous, to designate the humorous, colorfully profane, and in-your-face late night talk show personality John Oliver as a prophet, … but I’m willing to … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/17/15. A SUBJECT OF HUGE CONFUSION: ‘KINGDOM OF GOD’

BLOG 817/15. A SUBJECT OF HUGE CONFUSION WITHIN THE CHURCH: THE KINGDOM OF GOD As much as the concept of the Kingdom of God gets tossed around in the church, … as often as church folk pray: “Thy kingdom come,” … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/12/15. A GREAT FEEDBACK CHALLENGE: WHO MAKES DISCIPLES?

BLOG 8/12/15. GREAT FEEDBACK QUESTION: WHO MAKES DISCIPLES? I love it when some of you guys feed me back comments or questions. I got one this week asking for some specifics on how the church should make disciples. That question … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/10/15. ‘WORSHIP SERVICES’ … NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE

BLOG 8/10/15. WORSHIP SERVICES … NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE Our calling in Christ is not to “go to church” or to “attend weekly worship services.” Yes, we are encouraged to make our assembling together with other believers a part of … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/5/15. THREE DISCERNABLE LAYERS

BLOG 8/5/15. THREE DISCERNABLE LAYERS IN MOST TRADITIONAL CHURCHES. Just for the sake of our conversations about the church and its authenticity, let me lift up three discernable components among the participants of most churches that have been around for … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/2/15. HELPFUL FEEDBACK ON ‘UN-SEMINARIES’

BLOG 8/2/15. HELPFUL FEEDBACK (FLACK?) ON UN-SEMINARIES I love it when I get feedback on these blogs. I knew that the last one, in which I raised serious questions about the viability of theological seminaries, would jiggle an idol of … Continue reading

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