My undergraduate degree is in chemistry. My desire was to be a doctor, but the Lord had other plans. I’ve sometimes wondered, “Lord, if…
Tag: Pop Culture
Elizabeth Glass Turner ~ Testimony, Conversion, and the Search for Genuine Faith
The question of whether testimony of following Jesus Christ is genuine isn’t a new question birthed solely from a time on the planet when mass communications highlight celebrity lifestyles. The early church dealt with this question, and leaders often counseled prudence, care, pastoral sensitivity, and community accountability.
Elizabeth Glass Turner ~ Dear Millenials, I Was You Once
Dear Millenials, I was you once. People wanted to know what I thought. They wanted to know what I wanted to buy. They wanted…
Elizabeth Glass Turner ~ The Pastor’s Almanac: A News Rundown for Tired Reverends
While the calendar reads January 29th, it can feel like a year’s worth of news and activity has already taken place.
Justin Gentry ~ A Fiction of Hope
We are so drawn to pessimism because pessimism at the end of the day is easier. It is easier to look down than it is to look up.
Cole Bodkin ~ The Better Place: Part III
Without a doubt, the church should be concerned about the dignity of all people, but the church should be different in that it is the place primarily where justice and dignity are displayed.
Cole Bodkin ~ Review: Silence Unbroken
In Silence, Rodrigues’ romantic vision of Christianity is one that exists as if there are no cracks. Filled by lofty propositional truths, and a God on a high and mighty throne, Rodrigues does his best to muster up strength to remain faultless. Continuing up the path of the hero, he repeatedly fails to recognize the cracks in his armor.
Fiction in the Pulpit: Preachers’ Favorite Books
Following our series of posts exploring theology and literature – from Steinbeck and the prophet Jeremiah to Jane Eyre, Jane Austen and John Wesley to the poetry of Mary Oliver – we asked several pastors and preachers from various Wesleyan/Methodist denominations what works of fiction have had the biggest impact on them personally.
Michael Smith ~ From Aldersgate to Holland Road
For me, as a Methodist, this is an important day to celebrate. It is important to tell the story of what God can do in a person’s heart, and because of that work, the world could be forever changed. As people who are walking the road of faith, let us point out particular places and stops along the way where God can meet with us. Let’s travel the roads that will invite us to come to the end of ourselves.
Steve Beard ~ Soul Man: The Sweet Sound of Al Green
Saint Paul was converted on the Road to Damascus; Al Green was made righteous off Interstate 5 near Disneyland.