Monday, March 20, 2006

What St. Paul Really Didn't Say: Ephesians 6:10-17

The Rev. Scott Strickman gears up to demonstrate to his congregation that the "Armor of God" is more readily available than most believe.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Four Steps on Becoming a "Full Professor" (a Photo Journal)

Step One: There must be at least one godly dressed man in the crowd!

(Left to right: Rev. Craig Higgins, Dr. Tremper Longman III, the godly dressed man, Dr. Pete Enns, Dr. Dan McCartney)

Step Two: One must be able to adopt the 1980's fluff-hit "The Lady in Red" as a theme song.

Step Three: At least two heretics must be present.

(Left to "right:" Dr. Douglas Green and Dr. John Franke)

Step Four: And the ridiculous looking hat award goes to...?
Rev. Craig Higgins

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Paying Homage Where, When and to Whom Homage Is Due

Professor Douglas Green assumes the proper posture when confronted by newly ordained Rev. Matthew Paul Buccheri. Douglas--who obviously understands the significance of apostolic succession--kneels to kiss the ring of the good Rev'd.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Huckster Finnster the Hipster

If Mark Twain had been born a century later in Williamburg, Brooklyn, then the title of his great work most likely would have been "Huckster Finnster the Hipster." Huckster's haberdasher would have insisted that he sport a trucker cap (slightly off center), a 1970's pin-stripe suit jacket (a bit too small), along with Levis (with grease stains), while kicking around with Pro Cons (Chuck Taylor's) as his rides. These clothing items would have replaced his straw weave hat, the suit that the widow Douglas purchased for him and his bare feet.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Redeemer Times NYC Equals Orthodoxy?

After months and months of phone calls, Michael Luo--the new religion-beat writer for the New York Times--finally hunted down Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and convinced him to cooperate for a front page article in the Sunday Times Metro Section. Most of you might be asking: Why would Keller (or any pastor) disapproave of such exposure? The truth is, Redeemer shies away from the media since it is a church of 4500 and growing.

What might be more interesting than the article itself (an article which I personally found to be a bit flat), is that Luo, an "evangelical" himself, has communicated to the Times that they need to take religion in general and "evangelicals" in particular more seriously. The Times for many years has associated evangelicals with mainstream American fundamentalism, and as a result, mocked this group of readers. But if you can recall, one of the subtexts of the article was to clearly point out Redeemer's discomfort with the term "evangelical" due to all the cultural baggage attached to it, and instead opt for the term "orthodoxy." Personally, I'm more comfortable with the term "orthodoxy" too, since it connects the church at large and Redeemer in particular to the historic Christian church of all times and all places.