It’s Not About the Numbers. Or Is It? Part 1 of 2

It’s Not About the Numbers. Or Is It? Part 1 of 2

A church I'm familiar with closed its doors, recently, due to low attendance numbers. Lacking sufficient volunteers and income, they were forced to call it quits. I visited the final service. The message for the morning was presented from the OT book of Numbers, and had nothing to do with arithmetic (but rather, a blessing for the people. Beautifully done.) The book of Numbers is, perhaps, mis-titled. The original Hebrew title was "In the Wilderness." Leave...

It’s Not About the Numbers. Or Is It? Part 2 of 2

It’s Not About the Numbers. Or Is It? Part 2 of 2

In the prior post I asked the question of whether growth is a proper measure of a ministry. Some say yes, because the kingdom of God should be ever expanding. Others object. They measure ministry by how faithful its...

Objective Truth is Back

Objective Truth is Back

On a Christian podcast I listened to recently (which shall go unnamed), the speaker was lamenting the loss of "absolute truth" in our world. Postmodernism was to blame. But I wonder, perhaps, if that commentary is outdated by about...

What I’m Working on, Part 3 of 3: The Body

What I’m Working on, Part 3 of 3: The Body

I'll never be accused of having a manly body. My mom told me growing up that I had girly legs. I wasn't offended by this observation because I couldn't disagree. Why duck from the truth? One of the things...

What I’m Working on Part 2 of 3: Black Theology

What I’m Working on Part 2 of 3: Black Theology

This series is simply about things I'm working on. I'm not claiming that "what I'm working on" is anything uniquely important or profound. Yet, I wish I knew more of what others are working on (I'd love to hear...

“Meta” Part 2 of 2: Intellectual Virtue

“Meta” Part 2 of 2: Intellectual Virtue

In the prior post I mentioned three criteria for evaluating religious truth claims: coherence, explanatory ability, and evidence. These criteria, however, are mere concepts. They don't do any work in themselves. A crucial question then is, What is our...

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