My wife asked for Sugar Bowl tickets for Christmas, and so she got Sugar Bowl tickets for Christmas.
And this means I’ll be away from my computer the next couple of days. I have only one more post written.
So posts will pause for a few days, I imagine. I might find time and energy to write ahead. You never know.
Meanwhile, I’m searching for handicapped accessible gates at the SuperDome.
Naomi brings an especially interesting story to Wineskins. It all goes back to 1966. You see, it was in 1966 that my congregation planted a church in Stamford, Connecticut: the Stamford Church of Christ.
This was part of the Exodus Movement in which several Churches of Christ worked together to plant churches in the Northeast.
As I understand the process, the plant involved several families from the planting churches pulling up roots and relocating to the new area. There is a good article in the Christian Chronicle recalling this plant. And here’s one from 1965.
I moved to Tuscaloosa, and my church home, in 1975, and so this was nearly a decade in the past at the time. (We’re fast approaching the 50th anniversary — and really ought to plan something.) And this was a plant, not a mission congregation, and so it was a fully autonomous, self-supporting church by the time I showed up. (I wonder how many former Tuscaloosans live there? Do they still remember how to say “Roll Tide!”?) Nonetheless, it was a ministry that my church understandably took great pride in. Continue reading
Back on December 13, I posted a series of comments I’d made at earlier posts, as a post called “A Framework for Discussing Baptism.” This was an effort to frame and so improve the conversation regarding the absolute necessity of baptism.
That post has received over 300 comments thus far, with no end in sight. (This may be a OIJ record!) But thus far, I’ve failed to elevate the conversation beyond endless repetition of ancient arguments that haven’t persuaded in the last 500 years.
I’m very disappointed that the challenges I’d made to the absolute-necessity-of-baptism position have been ignored by those who wish to push for that position because I thought that, even if I were proven to be in error, at least we’d make some progress. And we haven’t. Continue reading
(Edited thanks to a much-appreciated comment from Dennis Threadgill. Deleted text is shown by
strikethrough. New text is shown by an underscore. The point of the post was not to disprove Patrick’s position but to demonstrate that there is no “liberalism” in those who, contrary to my own and Patrick’s views, reject 1 Cor 14:33-34 as part of Paul’s original text.)
Isn’t it obvious that churches grow largely because of the work of their female members?
I have no interest in re-arguing the role of women case from top to bottom. We did that here some time ago in the Buried Talents series. But I do think that it’s worthwhile to reflect a bit on Patrick Mead’s recent post regarding 1 Cor 14:34-35.
Here’s the text in question:
(1Co 14:34-35 ESV) 34 the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
Patrick explains, Continue reading
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Several years ago, my church had Patrick visit to speak on Missions Sunday — when we pass the hat for one year’s worth of missions contributions. And the church just loved him. (I think I can still remember his three points — from 10 years ago.) Then we had him in a second time.
He was, at the time, new to us here in West Alabama, but it was obvious to us that he would soon be well known throughout the Churches of Christ — and we called that one exactly right. Continue reading
I’ve been reading Matt Dabbs‘ blog, Kingdom Living, about as long as I’ve been reading blogs on the Internet. It’s just good stuff.
Some years ago, we collaborated on compiling a list of the 25 most popular Church of Christ blogs three or four times. (It was a WHOLE lot of work.) And I found someone who loves an Excel spreadsheet almost as much as I do. It was fun. Continue reading
I first posted this nearly 3 1/2 years ago, but something I’m working on reminded me of it — and I couldn’t resist a little Steve Martin humor.
Brad Palmore is community life minister for the Bristol Road Church of Christ in Flint, Michigan. More pertinently to me, Brad is part of the Branchweaver webhosting company, which has hosted my blog for many years. This means I’ve paid him token amounts of money to listen to me kvetch over the most minute problems imaginable (since I’m just a little OCD).
A few months ago, when Keith Brenton decided to step down from editing New Wineskins, I asked Brad if he’d help take the magazine on, and he immediately agreed. He probably should have thought a bit longer about it, you know. Hosting Wineskins as well as the various Featured Authors is a big, big job. Continue reading
Many, many years ago, at a different time and place, Denise and I were married at the Otter Creek Church of Christ in Nashville. The church has grown (a lot) and built a new building (humongous). And they have a bright, gifted pulpit minister named Josh Graves. (Why are so many of the up and coming pulpit guys named “Josh”?)
And I’ve heard him preach — and the guy can bring it. And he can also write.
This is a recent image of the Sagrada Familia. Once it is completed, it will be the largest basilica in the world. It was conceptualized and designed 130 years ago by an architect known humbly as God’s architect, Antoni Gaudi’s. Thought to have been 100 years ahead of his time, Gaudi gave the last 40 years of life obsessing over what he considered his one true gift back to God. he thought of the church as a gift back to God as penance for the sins of humanity. So he sought to create a truly majestic holy space in which people would connect with God and each other. In its features, he hoped to tell the whole story of the Catholic church specifically, and the church universal. It was intended to be a retelling of the entire Story of God at work in creation and history. Continue reading