Noisy Night

OK, I have a confession.  Actually, I think I’ve made this confession before but I’ll make it again just in case folks weren’t reading my blog the last time I made it. I can’t stand the hymn, “Silent Night.” I don’t mind the tune, it’s actually rather beautiful.  What I mind is that the song…

Profound, and yet sad…

I read the this comment by Patrick Lynch over at Internet Monk.  It’s profound and sad at the same time. Evangelical culture won’t change – it’s profitable. It’s just eventually going to go out of business. It’s cynical, profound, and I wish I would have thought to say it. It also makes me want to…

OK, here’s an example why I want the culture war to end…

Folks, this video from CNN (which I’d love to embed, are you listening wordpress.com?) is a great example of why the culture war needs to end. Two points: President-Elect Obama might not be Christian according to this pastor – but neither can you even remotely make the case from President-Elect Obama’s own words that he…

Worship as God’s Story

I just finished Rober Webber’s The Divine Embrace.  I highly recommend it to any and all who wonder about the nature of Christian worship and why “nothing seems to happen” on Sundays when Christians gather.  Here’s a quote that really drives home a lot of what I’ve been trying to accomplish as a pastor, with…

Pretty Wild Opportunity

Last month I was encouraged by an acquaintence to send in a proposal to do a presentation at the BibleTech09 conference (sponsored by Logos software).  I sent in a proposal, thinking that the conference planners would take a look at my name and position and go, “Who is this person and why is he bothering…

Prayers for a peaceful transition

Our regional pastor asked the Churches of ABCNJ to offer prayers of thanksgiving and supplication for a peaceful transition of power in Washington.  I was only too happy to oblige, but forgot to do it the first week because I’m just that way.  Another member got the message, however, and reminded me that it was…