"Seek out the society of your boon companions, drink, play, talk bawdy, and amuse yourself. One must sometimes commit a sin out of hate and contempt for the Devil, so as not to give him the chance to make one scrupulous over mere nothings…" –Luther

After you die…

You get your angel wings Drew Dyck posted something on twitter last night about Elevation church, which brought to mind the “Hey Haters” video that Steven Furtick posted awhile back. Did any of you see that? It always gives me a good chuckle to watch it. But then I found this reworking of the video […]

It’s a goat eat goat world out there

Hello Angus! Chris – the question as to what exactly the text means is separate from the question of “Should we help poor people.” The belief that Christians ought to minister to the poor and marginalized is not dependent upon this one text, but rather a larger stream or narrative running throughout the entirety of […]

Maybe we’ll get lucky and the next time John MacArthur is recovering at home he’ll be stuck watching TLC and Honey Boo-Boo. I’d read that book. Ha! This makes me wonder what the book title would be if he watched the United Methodist General Conference or some of our Annual Conferences. What do you think, […]

I like the idea that a church would stop ignoring lament. That’s really the impulse behind it. It is basically a worship service where it’s ok to not be ok. I know they should all be like that and what not, but it is an opportunity through the liturgy to provide space for grief. The […]

Kent – thank you. The conversation that is edging towards the percentage of the church’s budget designated for giving to the poor brought to mind this article by Thom Rainer. “Seven Reasons Why Church Worship Centers Will Get Smaller.” Interesting list with many causes and implications, but I thought it was relevant to that part […]

Kent, you are being condescending. I really don’t know what your problem is, man.

Kent, I’ve got no idea where you’re coming from with the tone of your previous post. I wasn’t taking a veiled shot against you. I don’t know why you felt I needed the lecture on it being a bar and whatever else that was.

Andy C, is the question in your second paragraph directed at me? If so I can save you the process of convincing me I’m a hypocrite, I am. No, not really. This is a discussion in the greater blog-o-sphere, right? I guess I meant all of us. Wasn’t trying to be condescending. In fact, I’m […]

I think Jesse B has a point. In my work with the poor it is a combination of things, as Jesse points out. I think there are other factors at play as well, such as moral decay and the breakdown of the family. Poverty seems to me to be multifaceted and complex, so that it […]

Not to be Debbie Downer, but…

And as a friend of mine pointed out on FB this morning, there’s a big difference between individual compassionate giving and economic structural change. Participating in the former, while important for believers, can actually serve to help inoculate us to concerns about the latter. I am extremely pessimistic that anyone who posts on (or probably […]