Europe is buying more coffins than cribs…

Link: Cultural, Religious Discord Shades European Need for Immigrants – Los Angeles Times. Europe is buying more coffins than cribs.The continent faces a shrinking population and other harsh demographic changes that threaten the welfare state unless it finds more foreign workers in coming decades. But its economic need for newcomers is at odds with its[…]

Sermon excerpt Friday…

(my best Mark Driscoll impression…) Luke 24:44-48 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me by Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must all come true.” Then he opened their minds to understand these many Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long[…]

fat pastors…

Seventy-six percent of Christian clergy are overweight versus 61 percent of the public, according to a national survey of more than 2,500 religious leaders conducted in 2004 by Pulpit and Pew, a research project on pastoral leadership based at Duke Divinity School.

Pagitt vs DeWaay…

I’ve been listening to the debate from last January between Doug Pagitt, pastor of Solomon’s Porch and Bob DeWaay, pastor of Twin Cities Fellowship. One word: painful. Another word: Infuriating. Imagine for a minute watching a match-up of a race car vs a dump truck. Each is good in its proper context. Each has weaknesses[…]

Good and Bad…

Good days, bad days… what makes the difference? I’ve had a couple of really good days recently- Sunday was fantastic, Tuesday was really good. Sunday I’ve already mentioned, so Tuesday… In the evening I went for a pastoral house call to the Sumner House, one of the community houses in NE Portland where the residents[…]