Archives for November 2012

Grown-Up Discipleship: Loving Enemies

John Wesley begins the concluding paragraph of his third discourse on the Sermon on the Mount in this way: “Behold Christianity in its native form; as delivered by its great Author!  This is the genuine religion of Jesus Christ.” When you consider the subject Mr. Wesley has been addressing to get him to this conclusion, […]

How Do We Think about Israel/Palestine?

The conflicts of Israel and Palestine, always simmering and recently boiling over, have entered our awareness again.  Again, we confront the tensions of viewpoints and the complexities of opinion about whom to hold responsible and what to do.  Academics wax on about complexities.  Pragmatists and advocates demand action.  Most of us, as usual, are caught […]

Markers for Vital Christians?

(Please forgive the scrunched paragraphs below.  I tried to fix the spacing, but my technological savvy clearly fails me.) The United Methodist Church, after significant collective soul-searching, has developed a list of markers for vital congregations. 1.  People engaging in energetic, Spirit-filled worship 2.  People professing faith in Christ 3.  People growing in their faith […]

Thinking about Scholarship about Jesus

One of the major questions I think about often – partly as a scholar, but more so as a questioning Christian – touches on how “history” as a discipline and “theology” as a discipline relate – or not.  Stick with me here, for a second.  You’ll see that this question actually matters. Historians – even […]

Those Pesky Passions

I recently published a book on spiritual maturity and I’m going try to develop the habit of blogging regularly about themes related to the book.  This post is one and it touches on a very personal struggle. I continue to think about the challenges of Christian disciples growing to maturity – to the full measure […]

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