Leave Your Church…

Here is a trend I am getting tired of… Glenn Beck, the political broadcaster, is urging people to leave their church if those churches are concerned about social justice. Today on the Radio Program Pastor’s Perspective (Calvary Chapel with Brian Broderson) a caller was encouraged to take his “tithe” and use it in his own […]

I Love Mexicans

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; […]

Christians Are Mixed Up

According to recent polls cited by the USA Today, Christians are a mixed up lot.  Read the article, More U.S. Christians mix in ‘Eastern,’ New Age beliefs. Some of their observations: •26% of those who attend religious services say they do so at more than one place occasionally, and an additional 9% roam regularly from […]

Do We Need the Church?

I mean the institution, the local gathering, the building etc…. Someone asked me for a reason to go to church, and what should be looked for if answered affirmatively. This really is a legitimate question because there are so many options. In my links here on The Temple I have ample resources for people in […]

Getting Along in Church

I ran across a marvelous quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer from his book Life Together: “A pastor should not complain about his congregation, certainly never to other people, but also not to God.  A congregation has not been entrusted to him in order that he should become its accuser before God and men.” It reminded me […]

The Eastern Orthodox Church and Protestantism

About 10 years ago Biola University commissioned some of their staff to compile a report with regard to the differences between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the distinctives of Biola.  There are two versions:  the 82 page task force report and the 8 page synopsis of the report.  Both are down-loadable in PDF: Summary of […]

Casual Sex with God

Some things need to be said in an extreme manner.  Many Christians are having casual sex with God. I got a late start on the reading of the Shack, really thought that it was an innocuous work of fiction.  But since I have read it, reviewed it, and talked to people about it,  more needs […]

Kingdom Assignment: Fair Haven Ministries Style

My good friend Tom Devries pastors Fair Haven Ministries in Michigan.  They recently did the Kingdom Assigment at their church and the story was picked up by NPR.  Pretty cool.  Check out the NPR story here.

Evangelicalism's End?

Michael Spencer (the Internet Monk) has written a series of articles on what he calls the “Coming Evangelical Collapse” which he parlayed into an article in the Christian Science Monitor.

The Energetic Pastor

In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton writes about the position of President, and in Federalist Paper 70 he raises the issue of Energy in the Executive.  The fledgling union was struggling to put together a form of government that recognized the strength of a single Executive without the abuses of the monarchy from which they […]