Monthly Archives: November 2014

Ferguson, agendas, and neighbors

Since I live in Missouri I should say something about Ferguson.  I do not know whether the Michael Brown shooting was truly self-defense.  The grand jury decided not to indict. Predictably, rioting ensued. The media seemed to want this so they … Continue reading

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Berkouwer-the love-style of God

I am continuing to read G. C. Berkouwer’s 1965 book, The Work of Christ.  I am reading the part about the incarnation as a seasonal aid to thinking about what Christians celebrate at Christmas. Berkouwer says that throughout the nineteenth century … Continue reading

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The marriage pledge

First Things magazine has published a pledge for pastors to stop officiating at civil marriages: “Therefore, in our roles as Christian ministers, we, the undersigned, commit ourselves to disengaging civil and Christian marriage in the performance of our pastoral duties. … Continue reading

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Berkouwer-the way of humiliation

I am doing a seasonal reflection on G. C. Berkouwer’s The Work of Christ.  Leading up to Christmas, I am reading the chapters about the Incarnation. The least important thing about Jesus was his teaching.  That was the position Walter … Continue reading

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Berkouwer-the motive of the Incarnation

G.C. Berkouwer was a 20th century Dutch Reformed theologian. He wrote a series of Studies in Dogmatics. This is not a full-fledged systematic theology. But it is a pretty comprehensive series of monographs about the main subjects of Christian theology. … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis had “shocking beliefs”

C.S Lewis meant a lot to me.  There was a time in my teens and 20’s when I read pretty much everything he wrote.  I knew from the first that he was not in accord with American evangelicalism.  Campus Crusade … Continue reading

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A meandering reflection on why I became a pastor

I have been thinking about my next project.  Because I unexpectedly needed to give myself medical leave for surgery in October, I now find it is late in the year.  A polar vortex has again fallen on the Midwest.  This … Continue reading

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