Dat was Da Wabbit

Introduction Allow me to illustrate our current Evangelical moment though the metaphor of Elmer Fudd. Either side of the conservative or progressive debate is much like the titular character in his Viking garb from What’s Opera Dock. Furiously hunting the rabbit yet completely failing to recognize him every time he is directly in front ofContinue reading “Dat was Da Wabbit”

Thanksgiving for a Pastor

Introduction Lately I have been venting my spleen about music ministers*, and while I can’t say it wasn’t fun, It would be healthy to balance my grievances with some gratitude**. As such I would like to take the time to express my deep appreciation for Chris Bennett the pastor of the church I am aContinue reading “Thanksgiving for a Pastor”

Is Mark Driscoll Leading Your Praise Team?*

One of the charges leveled in The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill was that in preaching the now famous/infamous “Who the Hell do You Think You Are!?” sermon out of 2 Peter everything was planned before hand and replicated at each service. A more honest commentator would have readily conceded that this kind ofContinue reading “Is Mark Driscoll Leading Your Praise Team?*”

Wilson’s Gay Sermon

I like Doug Wilson, a lot. I am profoundly grateful for his sermons on fathers in the home and in the church. His lecture on Calvinism and Lewis is what pushed me over the edge into Reformed theology. I can not listen to The Romance of Protestantism without weeping. When he is on he isContinue reading “Wilson’s Gay Sermon”

The Marx Brothers Leading Worship

“Pause now for a strange interlude…” – Groucho Marx This is what runs through my head every time a song leader in a contemporary church lets off with a wail, an “OOOOOoooooo”, a “YEAAAAAAhhhhh”, or whatever else melodic filler shows up in a song. Likewise whenever there is a section of rapid improvised declarations overContinue reading “The Marx Brothers Leading Worship”

In the Heavenly Laboratory

Editors Note: This one has been fighting me and still feels a bit helter skelter, grace is appreciated. And hopefully the length will make up for the late publication. Introduction The other night a Papist friend, in the course of describing the premise to a novel, mentioned what he saw as a prophetic vision ofContinue reading “In the Heavenly Laboratory”

Preaching with “Uses”

Introduction  Some years ago Doug Pagitt, whom I was surprised to find is still a minor thing, caused something of a stir with the quote “Preaching doesn’t work.” The larger context was his book Preaching Re-Imagined which brought about a flurry of rebuttals. My favorite being Matt Chandlers delivered as a sermon at an ActsContinue reading “Preaching with “Uses””

Two Opposing Pastors

Part Three Editors note: This is the final of a three part series the previous posts can be found here and here. Introduction When a Puritan minister ascended to the pulpit it was heavy with intent. He was a dying man preaching to dying men from behind, “The Sacred Desk.” Preaching was no light matter,Continue reading “Two Opposing Pastors”

Gratitude Toward the Fallen

I would like to take some time to make some observations that will no doubt enrage a great few people with axes to grind. It seems to me, from my particularly small perch on the internet, that the phrase, “No one eats their own like X” is a genre of behaviour that Christians seem to feel we have not received enough credit for, and as such, must make up for lost time. Heretic burnings be damned, nothing lights a fire under a theologian or pastor like negative online reactions. To paraphrase James, “So also the keyboard is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!”