Christian Faith · Church · Persecution

An Apparent Defeat May Result in Victory

In today’s entry in Streams in the Desert, I was reminded of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were thrown into an enormous fiery furnace when they refused to abandon their allegiance to the living God. Here was an apparent victory for the enemy. It looked as if God’s people were going to suffer a terrible… Continue reading An Apparent Defeat May Result in Victory

Christian Faith · Church · Religion

Chastising Myself

I have been chastising myself since last night. I had been in conversation on Facebook with a Jehovah’s Witness who had set up the straw man of John Shelby Spong as an “authority” on the subject of hell. He was using a video-taped interview with the heretical, now retired, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of… Continue reading Chastising Myself

Church · Prayer

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

According to the US Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ. A report by Open Doors USA identified 2016 as the “worst year yet” (in the 25 years of its monitoring) for Christian persecution. Each month (an… Continue reading International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Church · Education · Societal Issues

Linking to and Reflecting upon a Lament about Anti-Intellectualism in the Church

I’m linking here to a lament over what is true of all too many churches. It begins with the author’s recollection of a pastor who, in the course of his sermon, said he was discussing things he didn’t understand. Worse, he seemed to have made no attempt to get a grip on the Word and… Continue reading Linking to and Reflecting upon a Lament about Anti-Intellectualism in the Church