A beautiful collection (called for and published by Rachel Held Evans) of reflections by our brothers in Christ on the role and value of women in the church - this is a must read!
Perhaps a bit critical, but Naked Pastor David Hayward certainly makes you think about the relationship between Jesus and the institutional church!
A great series by Micha Boyett Hohorst at the Mama Monk blog exploring Benedictine living and its relationship to modern life. The Most recent post is ‘The Sacred Vessels of the Alter,’ and my favorite so far is ‘On Rising Immediately’: “I’ve learned a secret that has been a long time coming: There is exactly enough time in each day. God designed our days for rest and play and work and prayer*. We are simply called to divide that time and rescue it, either from laziness or worthless striving.”
A great read about Jesus’ empire of love – kindness is not weakness!
Morgan Guyton on the abuse of the word “biblical”: How did this problem arise? Here’s my theory. One of Satan’s greatest victories in the American evangelical church has been to convince the vast majority of us that the “faith” of salvation is about “beliefs” rather than “trust.” Instead of trusting in Christ for their salvation, many evangelicals think they are saved by having the correct opinions on a set of theological topics, such as believing that hell is eternal conscious torment (which is the most important one).
On Jesus-style evangelism: “Jesus didn’t run projects, establish ministries, create programs, or put on events. He ate meals. If you routinely share meals and you have a passion for Jesus, then you’ll be doing mission. It’s not that meals save people. People are saved through the gospel message. But meals will create natural opportunities to share that message in a context that resonates powerfully with what you’re saying.”