Ganymede Waters Zeus as an Eagle by Bertel Thorvaldsen

Pederasty in Rome

A few weeks ago, City Church in San Francisco announced its decision to become a “third way” church with respect to the issue of homosexual practice: a church where there could be divergence of opinion and practice (life-long abstaining or life-long commitment to a single partner), but where all would be treated as equal members […]

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Easter Needed

If you’re someone with mad computer programming skills, I would like you to create the next big Facebook time-waster. It’s one of those “Take this to find out which ____ you are” quizzes. I want you to do one with church seasons. If you need a benchmark, I’m a Lent. I’m a Lent in every […]

The Missional Diagnostic Question

Advocates of “missional” church have been attempting to reframe how we think about church, specifically, and what “mission” means for each of us, more generally. There are a couple of short answers to those questions, as the “missional” movement has framed it. Perhaps most importantly, they want to stress that it is God who is […]

Liturgy for Peace

I continue to wrestle with how we as Christian people might respond with wisdom, compassion, and integrity to the world at war (and otherwise lacking peace). The combination of rightly identifying God as a God of peace, of crying out to God to make that character known in the real world, and of confessing our […]