Category Archives: Church

What Price Concord?

There are two primary fronts in the conflict or apparent conflict between science and Christian faith: (1) Are the scientific claims intrinsically atheistic? and (2) How do we reconcile Scripture with the scientific data? Neither of these are new problems, … Continue reading

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Bridges or Walls?

There is a well known image often used in evangelism – the bridge diagram. The cross is a bridge spanning the chasm between God and humans. A google search on “bridge diagram” will turn up many examples. The bridge to … Continue reading

Posted in Church, compassion and mission, Problems for Faith

None and Fine With It

With the SBC convention this summer came a series of stories … Southern Baptists see 9th year of membership decline, or this story Southern Baptist Convention Membership and Attendance on Decline, but Church Planting on Rise with more details. Over … Continue reading

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Why We Gather

I had the privilege of attending a Celebration of Life (i.e. memorial service) earlier this summer for my uncle, ’54 MDiv Northern Seminary, for 35 years a bivocational pastor in rural Illinois. Growing up I knew him as my uncle … Continue reading

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Our Rock

There are two common ways of looking for authority and certainty in the Christian faith. We can turn to the church. In this view authority is vested in the institutional church and our faith is founded on the inerrancy of … Continue reading

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Oh, the Stories We Tell!

We all have some story, some paradigm, that structures and forms our understanding of life and purpose. What is the story around which you shape your life? I’ve been reading a book Peril in Paradise by Mark S. Whorton. In … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter

John Walton has an interesting analysis of the question of women in ministry included in the Contemporary Significance section of his commentary on Genesis 2 (The NIV Application Commentary Genesis). This is worth some serious thought and discussion. Commitments. He … Continue reading

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