Category: practical theology

A (Sort of) Book Review: A New Heaven and a New Earth

J. Richard Middleton. A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. Many moons ago (not really, but some days it feels like forever), as an undergrad, I read Al Wolters’ Creation Regained and I remember the hype… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: A New Heaven and a New Earth”

A (Sort of) Book Review: Man Enough

Nate Pyle. Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.* Social media can be a very effective and helpful thing. It has its dark side of course, but it has also been at times a real blessing by allowing me to stay connected… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Man Enough”

Being a “Let Us” Community

Sunday, October 25th, 2015. 176th Anniversary Service. Guest Speaker, Rev. Heather Myers. Being a “Let Us” Community (Hebrews 10:19-25)

A (Sort of) Book Review: Reading Revelation Responsibly

Michael J. Gorman. Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness, Following the Lamb into the New Creation. Eugene: Cascade, 2011. I had, for a long time, bucked against any notion of preaching on Revelation. Ok, maybe chapters 1-3; lots of compelling challenges for the church… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Reading Revelation Responsibly”

A (Sort of) Book Review: After Our Likeness

Miroslav Volf. After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (Sacra Doctrina). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998. I picked this up to help with a sermon on the Church and Trinity (and it did come in handy recently too, with the ReImagining Church… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: After Our Likeness”

Canon within the Canon?: Thoughts on Reading the Bible Better

We all have certain portions of Scripture we focus on more than others. We know that, right? I’m not being presumptious in saying we’re aware of the fact we do this? I hope not. I hope we all recognize that we do it. We… Continue Reading “Canon within the Canon?: Thoughts on Reading the Bible Better”

Camping With God

Sermon from our 174th anniversary celebration. Guest speaking is Rev. Jim Clarke of Poplar Hill Baptist Church.

“Do this in Remembrance”: An Invite to the Table

Before the actual post begins, I need to give thanks for the great help which I received on this from Joel Burdeaux (Pastor of New Life Community Church in Farmington, Maine) and Alastair Roberts (a student in Durham, England). These two fine (and well-bearded)… Continue Reading ““Do this in Remembrance”: An Invite to the Table”

Bite Your Tongue: Gossip, Lies, and Other Stuff Christians Never Do

Christians are pretty good at sinning. Sometimes it seems we are as good as everyone else at getting ourselves in trouble. But there’s this one thing which we really excel at. There’s this one sin (or group of sins) that for one reason or… Continue Reading “Bite Your Tongue: Gossip, Lies, and Other Stuff Christians Never Do”

Inspiration comes from the weirdest places…

My daughter is fast approaching that wonderful time in the journey of life; this weekend, we bought her a potty.  This really doesn’t seem like “church” talk or the subject matter for a “spiritual reflection” or whatever you want to call a pastoral blog… Continue Reading “Inspiration comes from the weirdest places…”