More Thoughts on How God Became King

Having finished N.T. Wright’s How God Became King (see September 27 post), a few somewhat scattered and searching thoughts. First, my conviction about the old Methodist division remains strong and grows.  A reading of Wright’s book will challenge that problem and offer a way not only to heal an ecclesial wound, but to propel us forward […]

A Biblical View that Lays to Rest an Old Methodist Division

N.T. Wright writes faster than I can read.  Having relished a few of his other works, I sat down with his new  How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels, (HarperOne, 2012).  I’m not finished and I’ve been trying to hold off on a blog about it, but oh well. Wright and Scot McKnight […]

The Problem of Mixed Motives

I’ve been talking to people lately about a roadblock that I think I see in spiritual growth.  It looks like a two-step process: (1) “get” (understand) the principle and then (2) “apply” it, which means to incorporate it into our, attitudes and practices, to make it part of who we are.  Knowledge and application are […]

The Mystery of Iniquity

Today, on the penultimate day of the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, we spent some time in the Archives at the University of Mississippi library.  We’re here in Oxford because of the James Meredith story.  He was the first African American to attend Ole Miss (1962) and it took a federal court order and military support to […]

Easter Monday

Easter Monday.  The second day of the New Creation.   Because I am again serving as pastor to two small congregations, I preached yesterday.   I followed the lectionary and used Mark 16:1-8 as the Gospel text. Perhaps because of our circumstances, I was taken with how the story describes the response of the women […]

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