Acts 15 and the Gospel Coalition-James Macdonald Dust Up

I just caught this story earlier today regarding the resignation of Harvest Chapel and Walk in the Word pastor James Macdonald from the Gospel Coalition. I will only say that those who allegedly pressured Macdonald should read Acts 15. There we see the apostles and other church leaders addressing theological differences. How much harm is done by having a platform where you do can just … Continue reading Acts 15 and the Gospel Coalition-James Macdonald Dust Up

Haiti, Suffering, and the Sovereignty of God

Whenever a catastrophic tragedy occurs anywhere in the world, I can always count on two things: first, the body of Christ knows how to pray and mobilize for the good of the suffering in need and second, Pat Robertson will say something stupid that the media will magnify. I won’t do their dirty work. Many a book and dissertation have been written about the mystery … Continue reading Haiti, Suffering, and the Sovereignty of God

Christianity According to Shmuley Boteach

According to pop rabbi Shmuley Boteach in his latest book about the late Michael Jackson: I talked to him about one of the things that most distinguishes Judaism from Christianity. It is not the belief in Jesus as God or deity. Rather it’s the belief in the perfection of Jesus. When Christians ask, “What would Jesus do?,” they are using a model of perfection to … Continue reading Christianity According to Shmuley Boteach

Who Am I…Theologically?

According to this survey, I am… (100%) 1: Pentecostal/Charismatic/Assemblies of God (96%) 2: Baptist (non-Calvinistic)/Plymouth Brethren/Fundamentalist (84%) 3: Anabaptist (Mennonite/Quaker etc.) (79%) 4: Baptist (Reformed/Particular/Calvinistic) (75%) 5: Eastern Orthodox (75%) 6: Methodist/Wesleyan/Nazarene (68%) 7: Presbyterian/Reformed (68%) 8: Seventh-Day Adventist (65%) 9: Anglican/Episcopal/Church of England (64%) 10: Lutheran (59%) 11: Congregational/United Church of Christ (54%) 12: Roman Catholic (45%) 13: Church of Christ/Campbellite Note that I … Continue reading Who Am I…Theologically?

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible & the Church

I’m currently teaching The Crucible. Although I strongly suspect that Miller had his own axe to grind with fundamentalists of his day (i.e. McCarthyites who still swear to this day that a Commie was under every bush—especially in Hollywood), there are important themes that are emerging as our class finishes up the first two acts. I won’t share any until we’re done with the book … Continue reading Arthur Miller’s The Crucible & the Church