September, 2007

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Monthly Archives: September 2007

Who Do You Say That He Is?–Part 3

Here’s part of Paul’s soaring description of Christ in Colossians 1: “15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by

Is Jesus Okay With Yoga?

A little over a week ago, CNN Headline News hosted a very interesting debate between two pastors on whether Christianity is compatible with yoga. Doug Pagitt is the pastor of Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis and John MacArthur is the pastor of Grace Community Church in southern California. Watch the discussion and then share your thoughts.


Everyone is looking for motivation. Parents wonder how to motivate their kids to work hard at school. Employers offer bonuses to motivate their staff to meet productivity goals. We make bets with friends to help motivate us to lose weight. A coach sets goals to motivate the team to work hard in the off-season program.

Is Christianity Dull?

Take a moment to chew on this lively quote from Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957), a contemporary and friend of both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and herself an accomplished author and playwright. Speaking of the supposed dullness of Christian doctrine, Sayers offers: Possibly we might prefer not to take this tale too seriously—there

In Memory of Meg

I met a beautiful, sweet MU soccer player about three years ago. She was one of the babysitters I was in charge of for various church events. She was one of those people that I knew I could always count on and I really enjoyed talking to, as did the other sitters. I remember her

A Blind Guy Who Helped Me See Better

This week I participated in a Columbia pastors’ morning of prayer, where about 15 pastors of Columbia churches met in a room for worship and prayer together. Honestly, these kinds of things (i.e., an entire morning of prayer with other pastors I barely know) are hard for me to get motivated to do, but I’m

The Great Divide

Most of the college students I talk to assume that colonial Americans overwhelmingly went to church and that America has steadily become less religious over time. Neither assumption is, in fact, true. On the eve of the American Revolution in 1776 only about 17 percent of Americans were religious adherents (a category that includes church

a little God figurine

A few days ago I found an old book of short stories by J. R. R Tolkien. There’s not a hobbit to be found in the whole book, but they’re still good stories. There was a moment in Smith of Wootton Major that gave me chills. Preparing for the Children’s Feast, the Master Cook’s strange

Tears of a Saint

A few weeks ago a book entitled Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light was released to a considerable amount of media attention and critical commentary (including a an in depth and balanced cover story in Time magazine, I highly recommend) . The book is a collection of Mother Teresa’s correspondence with her supervisors and confessors

Words Every Christian Should Know

Recently, the American Heritage Dictionary released a list of “100 Words That Every High School Graduate Should Know.” I’m not afraid to admit that I found looking at the list to be a rather humbling experience. Given the old maxim: “Where There’s Shame, There’s Blame,” I immediately started blaming my high school teachers that I