A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Asbury Revival One Year Later: A Divine Visitation or Fake Feelingrama?


It's been one year since the "Asbury Revival." It was a two week experience of continual worship on the campus of Asbury University. Some were skeptical right from the beginning suggesting it was fake. Now, Samuel Sey, after making phone calls to local churches in the Wilmore, KY area, and based on his own experience has concluded that since the fruit of the revival has not resulted in growth of the local churches, the revival was indeed fake (his word). He writes about it here.

Please read the article and give the writer the hearing he deserves; but I have some thoughts to offer.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Calmly Considered: Why Ukraine Matters

On this episode of "Calmly Considered," Michael and Allan discuss the continuing saga of Ukraine and why it matters to the United States and the rest of the world.

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Thursday, February 08, 2024

Equipping Pastors in Cuba


I am pleased to have been interviewed along with traveling companion, Karen Reaume on our recent trip to Cuba.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

The Wesleyan Way: Our Holiness Heritage


On this episode of "The Wesleyan Way," we interview Rev. Craig L. Adams, retired United Methodist pastor who is the keeper of the Wesleyan Holiness Heritage Facebook group. Craig discusses the holiness roots and heritage of United Methodism.

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Friday, January 05, 2024

Monday, December 18, 2023

Today Is Charles Wesley's Birthday!


He and his brother John founded the Methodist movement. He is the author of over 5000 hymns. Charles was born on this day 316 years ago in 1707. In his honor, I share with you one of my favorite hymns.

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Did Jolly Old St. Nicholas Punch Another Bishop in the Face?


NOTE: When this post was written, it incorrectly stated that Arius was a bishop. He was a presbyter.

December 6th is the Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra (270-343) who has come to us through the centuries as Santa Claus. At this time of year, the theological geeks among us post memes on social media reminding us that there is a tale that Bishop Nicholas irritated with Bishop Arius' heretical pronouncements about the person of Jesus slapped Arius across the face in disgust at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. Since theologians tend to live quiet lives of tedium, attending conferences that typically do not lead to violence and other such drama, perhaps it is comforting to think every now and then we can encounter something other than yawns and the need for a coffee break.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Word Revisited: The Apostle Paul-- Follower of Jesus or Founder of Christianity?


On this episode of "Word Revisited," I chat with Dr. Michael J. Gorman, the Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of numerous books and specializes on the theology and letters of the Apostle Paul. 

Michael's Amazon author page is ⁠here⁠.


Sunday, November 12, 2023

Is There a Rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18?


In this post, I appeal to N.T. Wright, a prominent New Testament scholar and theologian. Regarding 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, which is often associated with the concept of the "rapture" in some Christian traditions, Wright offers a different interpretation from the popular dispensationalist understanding of the rapture.

Friday, November 03, 2023

The Epic of Eden: A Review


Sandra Richter's The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament is a commendable work that effectively bridges the gap between modern Christian understanding and the ancient Hebrew worldview. Richter, a seasoned scholar in Old Testament studies, presents a well-researched and accessible narrative that invites readers to delve deeper into the cultural and historical contexts of the Bible.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Christians and the Celebration of Halloween


I know some Christians are skittish about the observance of Halloween. I have never been. I went Trick-or-Treating as a kid and we took our children as well. In fact, I think the celebration of Halloween has sound theological ramifications. Please consider the following: