The Truly Powerful

Columnist Kathleen Parker – who seems increasingly to channel Arianna Huffington – refers today to Saddleback’s Rick Warren as one of the “world’s most powerful” pastors. Powerful? It’s been a long time since I encountered a pastor who could be described as genuinely “powerful.” Prominent, yes. Lots of delegated authority, yes. Object of veneration andContinue reading “The Truly Powerful”

A Word to Preachers

For heaven’s sake, don’t tell me how to live, piont-by-piont. Instead, invite me into a world larger than my own, a world suffused with the character and intentions of a good, gracious, and purposeful God, to whom the life and teachings of Christ bear witness.  Do not spoon-feed (and therefore patronize) me; instead, force meContinue reading “A Word to Preachers”

The Insecurity of the Believer

Over at Mike Cope’s blog the other day, Mike got after the Christians – well meaning, no doubt – who post dumb stuff on billboards, attribute it to Jesus or God, and think they’re helping to usher in the kingdom of God with their incomparable cleverness. Stuff like, “I miss hearing you say, ‘Merry Christmas’Continue reading “The Insecurity of the Believer”

Repudiating Glory?

When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.”  And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.  The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city,Continue reading “Repudiating Glory?”

The Therapeutic Gospel

It struck me afresh this last Saturday night during the church service at TF.  More on that in a minute. ***** Our family has been estranged from our long-time, former church home since May of 2007, when the accumulating weight of disillusionment reached the breaking point – disillusionment primarily with the character of the congregation’sContinue reading “The Therapeutic Gospel”

I’m Sure It’s Just a Coincidence

To qb’s Amarillo reader(s): Is it just me, or is there a striking resemblance between the way President Obama operates and the way certain local megachurch “pastors” have been operating over the last 4-5 years? And between the sycophantic SEIU thugs and the loyal board members who call one or more of these “pastors” theirContinue reading “I’m Sure It’s Just a Coincidence”

Signs Amid the Rubble

An excerpt from George Will’s latest column is reason for hope that the States will stand their ground – the redder ones, at least – against accelerating encroachments by the Obama government: State governments, too, are expected to accept Washington’s whims, but plucky Indiana is being obdurate. Gov. Mitch Daniels, alarmed by what he callsContinue reading “Signs Amid the Rubble”