Showing posts from February, 2019

Prime Time Gnosticism: Why MacGyver doesn't always know the answer

I don’t know how old I was when I first saw him. But I was fascinated by him.   Here was a man who could do almost anything, who could fix it all, and who didn’t need a lot to do it.   It made me think that I could do anything too! With that wavy mullet and cool name he was all I wanted to be as a little kid in the 80’s.   MacGyver was the best thing on television as far as I was concerned.   I already loved taking things apart, it was the putting them back together that proved to be a little more difficult.   What MacGyver showed me was that you needed was a little knowledge and you could build the most amazing things. I had all those things he used around my house. All I was lacking was knowledge.   MacGyver was the epitome of knowledge is power. He constantly fought off the bad guys using only the knowledge in his brain, and that trusty swiss army knife.   I was convinced that I could do the same thing, with a little knowledge like him.   My parents were quick to tel

A Review of Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden

If a person decides they want to work harder at discipleship, there is no shortage of resources for them to turn to. Discipleship was part of the great commission given to us by Jesus, and over the centuries Christians have wrote untold volumes about how to go about the process.  In the current market, most of these books are no better or worse than the others.  What's most important is that whatever plan a person picks, they stick with it. That being said, there are books and plans that over time make themselves stand out and rise to the top of the genre.  Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden is one of those books.   In a newly revised and expanded version from InterVarsity Press, Ogden presents a clear and simple plan for discipleship.  I had not heard of the book before it came across my desk, courtesy of IVP.  But as I read the book and looked over the plan, I was encouraged by the way Ogden writes.  There are many many books that tell us that we need to be making disciple

Buechner on Preaching

Frederick Buechner was an author, pastor, and writer who knew how to get right to the heart of the matter.  In the third part of his autobiography, he writes about teaching a preaching class at Harvard Divinity school.  Many of his students were professed atheists, and he reflects on how class changed his view of preaching.   I HAD NEVER understood so clearly before what preaching is to me. Basically, it is to proclaim a Mystery before which, before whom, even our most exalted ideas turn to straw. It is also to proclaim this Mystery with a passion that ideas alone have little to do with. It is to try to put the Gospel into words not the way you would compose an essay but the way you would write a poem or a love letter—putting your heart into it, your own excitement, most of all your own life. It is to speak words that you hope may, by grace, be bearers not simply of new understanding but of new life both for the ones you are speaking to and also for you. Out of that life, who know