The Perfect March Madness Bracket, Part II

In the last post, we saw that the odds of picking the two play-in games and the Final Four perfectly are a straightforward 1/32.  Three out of every 100 people will pick those five games perfectly, on average.  But there are 60 more games to pick, and the simplest method of estimating those odds isContinue reading “The Perfect March Madness Bracket, Part II”

Eugene Peterson on Religious ADHD

From his latest offering: Americans in general have little tolerance for a centering way of life that is submissive to the conditions in which growth takes place:  quiet, obscure, patient, not subject to human control and management.  The American church is uneasy in these conditions.  Typically, in the name of “relevance,” it adapts itself toContinue reading “Eugene Peterson on Religious ADHD”

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”

“Virtual Discipleship?”

You’ve got to be kidding me. Those of you with links to the now-immolated Paramount Terrace Christian Church (PTCC) will recognize one of the megachurches to which this article refers.  Must be pretty heady stuff to make the FoxNews home page.  Here’s a quote from a staff member at that church: “We live in aContinue reading ““Virtual Discipleship?””

David Wells on “Marketers and Emergents”

Here is an excerpt of an interview in Christianity Today.  How refreshing to see that someone with far more credibility than qb is saying these things…and how interesting that Willow Creek, the uber-“seeker-sensitive” church association, is finding that its strategy is deeply flawed!  I hope that this will someday serve as a warning sign toContinue reading “David Wells on “Marketers and Emergents””

What Must I Do to be Saved?

A young man interviewing for a youth-ministry position recently wrote to Dr. Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog and described an uncomfortable situation that occurred during his interview. One of the elders apparently asked this young man how he would respond if a 15-year-old asked him how to get to heaven. You need to know thatContinue reading “What Must I Do to be Saved?”

Christ’s Prophetic Dimension

Following Brueggemann’s description of prophetic ministry (see November 19’s entry), it’s definitely worth it to spend some time pondering the prophetic dimension of Jesus. I had often read, for example, that Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness was “subversive” (a necessary quality of prophetic ministry), but I had never really stopped long enough to figure out whyContinue reading “Christ’s Prophetic Dimension”

A. W. Tozer: Think Accurately of God

McGuiggan’s tagline is “Think Noble Thoughts of God.” Yes, for our sake rather than his. A. W. Tozer’s take on it is that we should think accurately of God: Our idea of God [should] correspond as nearly as possible to the true being of God…A right conception of God is to practical Christian living, whatContinue reading “A. W. Tozer: Think Accurately of God”

“Relevant” Preaching

Kenneson and Street wrap up their book with a flourish that is worth an aspiring preacher’s close attention, quoting Willimon at length: * * * Perhaps the church that views itself as an embodied question mark will see the wisdom, as Willimon suggests, of preaching as if a miracle will be needed for it toContinue reading ““Relevant” Preaching”