The Ecology of the Christian Church

It may sound pionty-headed – in fact, qb’s quite sure that it does – but qb has just discovered a rich stream of ecology literature that may substantially explain why dissidents – vocational, counterculture prophets – are essential to the long-term health and sustainability of communities (even, and perhaps particularly, Christian ones). And a bonus:Continue reading “The Ecology of the Christian Church”

The Legacy of Lament, Part I

An interesting bit of trivia for you fellow Zeppelin lovers. Beit/Beis/Beth Ha-Mikdash, whichever might be more familiar to you, means “house of the holy.” Now pluralize that. If you’re a fan of “Over the Hills and Far Away” or “Dancing Days,” this is your Grammy-winning album. I don’t think there’s any backward masking (as in,Continue reading “The Legacy of Lament, Part I”

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”

In Defense of Christian Introverts

If you’re not familiar with Richard Beck’s blog, you might want to check it out from time to time.  He’s a psychology professor at ACU and has unfailingly interesting takes on Christianity from that vantage piont.  Here is a post that qb wishes qb had written, in defense of the introverted minority, turning the floodlightsContinue reading “In Defense of Christian Introverts”

What is it With These Anglicans, Anyway?

It occurred to me that the gentle reader may not detect the winsome tone of the last paragraph below.  So in order to clarify that a bit without insulting the gentle reader’s intelligence, qb would like to give a bit of a hint.  Some years ago, my eldest sister gave my mom a birthday orContinue reading “What is it With These Anglicans, Anyway?”

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?””

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”