Not long ago, I read “The Church in the Perfect Storm,” edited by Leonard Sweet. Of course he was alluding to the famous storm that occurred on Halloween of 1991 that consisted of several elements coming together at once and sinking the Andrea Gail. Those of us who are pastors resonate with the storm imagery. … Continue reading
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Evangelicals Pulling in Opposite Political Directions
In this election year, evangelicals are pulling in opposite political directions. A couple of weeks ago, several prominent evangelical leaders, including Os Guinness, author; Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary; and David Neff, editor of “Christianity Today” headed up a group that released a document called “An Evangelical Manifesto: A Declaration of Evangelical Identity … Continue reading
The Death of Denominations and the Future of CBF
Denominations have defined Protestant Christianity in America for most of its history. They’ve included Congregationalists, Methodists, Episcopals, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Methodists. But about 40 years ago, these denominations began a steep decline. It started with more liberal denominations, but spread rapidly to moderate ones. For example, the United Methodist Church has lost about three million … Continue reading
Ministry Is No Milk Run!
When I was a kid one of my favorite TV shows was “Twelve O’Clock High.” The show was a drama set in World War II. I didn’t pay much attention to the actors. I loved the B-17 Flying Fortresses. I thought they were graceful and cool. Each show usually featured several bombing missions. Sometimes the … Continue reading