We Christians bring our own uniquely creative dysfunctions to the world of disagreement and conflict, don’t we? Like with bad movies, the best way to make bad conflict even worse is to add religion to the mix… I can think of at least three modes of conflict resolution that are bad in a distinctively Christian way.
Chris and Alison introduce Mission Central, a new podcast for emerging Christian leaders. Our coming micro-season will feature five thoughtful guests who embody the elements of a faithful leader we focus on this spring: Effective Leadership, Spiritual Fo…
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” — Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
God is a jerk, according to
I haven’t been sworn at very many times in my life. When it does happen, I find it unpleasant. At the most recent occurrence, I was exiting an airplane. Delayed by several hours already, I was about to miss the second connecting flight to my final destination. As we lingered in the indeterminable moment between the aircraft taxiing to a stop and the finally door opening, I stood at the ready, suitcase on my shoulder and eyes
“That’s horrible! Why would they splash a baby??”
This was the reaction of my Ugandan friend from seminary when he visited our Anglican Easter vigil. He is not alone. Many throughout the world think that the practice of infant baptism is unbiblical and harmful. Why, indeed, do we dunk (or splash) babies in the waters of baptism? Isn’t this just a product of elevating tradition and abandoning Sola Scriptura?
No, it’s not. In fact, infant baptism is legitimate and vitally impacts
This time of year, if you run in Christian circles, you’re apt to hear what the incarnation has to do with missions. And rightly so: “The Word Became Flesh” is such an earth-shattering, sweet truth. It merits informing our ministry strategy. “Incarnational ministry” is the traditional approach to this topic, harped on ad nauseum. It’s usually synonymous with “embodied” ministry, or models