Two Men, Two Elevations

…The elevation of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio to His Holiness, Pope Francis I, yesterday afternoon was an historic day. He is the first Pope born outside of Europe since the papacy of Pope Gregory III in 731 A.D., and the first one to become Pope following a papal resignation in six centuries. He will now […]

Relevant Religion?

I would like to commend to my readers an article by George Jonas, a columnist for the Canadian newspaper National Post, which was highlighted on First Things’ blog a few days ago. In it, Jonas, who calls himself “non-religious,” comments on Catholics who demand that the new Pope, whom the Cardinals assembled in conclave in […]

The Marcions Have Landed: A warning for the evangelical church

I just translated and posted on my German blog this article with a very provocative title by Carl Trueman, professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. While I have Prof.Trueman’s permission to post my translation, I did not ask for permission to re-post the English version, so here is simply a link […]

Works Righteousness?

In an interesting article in the journal Touchstone, Russell D. Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church, laments the loss of the word fornication from the vocabulary of today’s Christians. Among other things he writes:   How […]

Faith, Hope, and Mourning

Last week my pastor’s wife was admitted to hospital with acute pain determined to be caused by kidney stones too large to smash with ultrasound. In the course of surgery complications arose leading to a severe infection and a heart attack (which was waiting to happen). She is now in a medically induced coma while […]

An important perspective: Delight

Novelist and advocate for Third Culture Kids Michele Phoenix has posted an article on her blog which provides an imporant perspective on our interactions with people of all kinds. Please go read DELIGHT – The Beth Effect.

Newtown Comments

Here are a few thoughts on the Newtown, CT school shooting. They do not claim to be more appropriate, accurate, or wiser than those of others — they just represent my reaction to what I have read and heard. I was horrified to see lots of posts from Christians linking the Newtown shooting with the […]

Should William & Kate Get An Abortion?

This is the question my friend Michael Patton of The Credo House asks in this post on his blog. Please read the article before reacting to the question itself. And for the Brits among you: be patient and remember that he is American

Christmas is coming!

Journey of Faith church performed a Christmas “Flash Mob” at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach on December 18, 2010, much to the delight of local shoppers. I would like to use this video to wish all my readers a joyous and not too hectic Advent season. H/T: Michele Phoenix

Legalism or Obedience?

I came across the following article in Credo Magazine, a Reformed Baptist magazine. I am posting a link to it below (as well as a translation in German) not because I am under any illusions as to my own obedience but precisely because it challenges me in this area. It also should caution us to […]