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Approaching Laity Lodge

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

One of the paths to the center of Laity Lodge, with the cliffs of the Frio River in the background . . .

Fascinating Links from Christianity Today

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I regularly peruse Christianity Today Magazine’s online website and its Liveblog. I recommend that you do the same.
Some of today’s posts I found particularly striking. Ted Olsen, writing for the Liveblog, put up “Postcard from San Diego: Fighting ‘Bibliolatry’ at the Evangelical Theological Society.” In this post he summarizes an address by J.P. Moreland […]

Apologetics Links

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Today I want to suggest four excellent apologetic links.
The first is a short piece by Stan Guthrie of Christianity Today called “Answering the Atheists.” The subtitle is “A Reader’s Digest version of why I am a Christian.” Good food for thought here, especially if you’re not “into” apologetics.
The second link is to what might […]

Do You Need to Be Disillusioned?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Part 3 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge
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At a recent retreat at Laity Lodge, I participated in an early morning devotional led by Steven Purcell, my colleague who is the Director of Laity Lodge. He began by saying that he went through a period of time in his […]

Blogging Like Jogging, Part 2

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

In my last post I presented the thesis that blogging is like jogging. Even as many once became joggers, only to quit after a while, so it is with bloggers.
One of the reasons people quit blogging is that long-term bloggers must have several traits, most of which are somewhat unusual. I’ll mention four of the […]

Blogging Like Jogging, Part 1

Monday, November 12th, 2007

A couple of years ago everybody was predicting that blogging would take over the media world. Bloggers had toppled Dan Rather. Soon they would replace the New York Times and CBS Evening News.
Now it’s chic to proclaim the death of blogging. Critics, often from the mainstream media, celebrate the fact that millions of bloggers have […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

“But I say to you, Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you.”

Matthew 5:44
Click here to read all of Mark 5:38-48
Lord, I’ll be honest. I don’t like this verse. Oh, it sounds good in a safe religious context. It sounds like exalted morality. But in real life, I don’t want to love my enemies. […]

You Know You’re in Texas When . . .

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

While driving down the road a couple of weeks ago I saw this on the back of a car. Now in California lots of Christians have an ichthus (Greek for fish) on their bumpers. And some anti-Christians have fishes celebrating Darwin. But I never saw a school of ichthuses before I moved to Texas.

The Pastor as Godblogger

Friday, November 9th, 2007

I’m currently at the GodBlogCon at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In former years GodBlogCon, a conference for Christians interested in the new media, convened at Biola University in Southern California. But this year GodBlogCon has joined up with the secular BlogWorld convention. Hence the new venue. I think it’s great that GodBlogCon has now […]

New National Poll Seeks Christian Participants

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

A press release from Christianity Today International:
CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS, November 6, 2007 – A leading Christian publisher launches a new polling initiative to gauge the opinion of a broad range of Christians on theology, politics, and cultural issues in the United States. It is called, and polling participants are being recruited now.
The project follows […]

Guest Blogger: Archaeology and John’s Gospel: Is skepticism chic passé?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Guest blogger James Arlandson puts up an extensive and well-researched piece on archelogy and its relationship to the Gospel of John. Once again, solid information with many excellent links. Be sure to check this out. (Note: It’s a long post, but well worth reading.)

Lloyd Ogilvie at Laity Lodge

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Part 2 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge
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As I mentioned in my last post, the Rev. Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie was the main speaker at a recent Laity Lodge retreat intended especially for leaders. If you’re not familiar with Lloyd Ogilvie, let me say that he was most recently […]

Sharing Laity Lodge: An Introduction

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Part 1 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge
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If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you know that I’ve taken a new position as the Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge, a multifaceted ministry in the Hill Country of Texas. One of my responsibilities in this position is […]

Guest Blogger: Archaeology and the Synoptic Gospels: which way do the rocks roll?

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Check out James Arlandson’s most recent post on my Guest Blogger website. He’s put up some great material on archeology and the New Testament, including lots of helpful links.

The Wider Vision of Laity Lodge

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Part 16 of series: Why Move? Stewardship, Wineskins, and the Enigmatic Will of God
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To read this series, Why Move? Stewardship, Wineskins, and the Enigmatic Will of God, from the beginning, click here.

As I have explained previously, Laity Lodge is, at its core, a unique retreat center […]
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