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Mark and Grace Driscoll: Telling the Truth about Marriage
Mark Driscoll, high-profile pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, is known for his honest, often-acerbic speaking style. Even so, for Driscoll and his wife, Grace, to lay out their sexual history in a book for the world to see is risky at best, and potentially lethal to a ministry career at worst. Still, the Driscolls felt they had little choice but to address the topic head on in their new book, Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together (Thomas Nelson).

Dan Walsh: Sounding Deepest Waters
Dan Walsh’s colleagues in pastoral ministry—who steeped themselves in theological and scholarly works—were amazed at his love for reading and writing fiction and poetry.

Jane Myers Perrine: Welcome to Butternut Creek
Jane Myers Perrine’s new series, Tales from Butternut Creek, is a departure from the stand-alone romance novels Perrine has written. “There is romance in it, but the series centers on a small town in central Texas, and the main character is a minister who has come to a small church,” says Perrine. “He’s all this little church can afford, and a group of women called the Widows—who de facto run the church—set about working on the young minister with two prime directives: to train him and marry him off.”

Leadership Journal

The New Monk Warriors
A ministry emerged out of the Texas desert to redirect the lives of college students.

Space Frontiers
Co-authored with Lance Newsom
How three churches are pioneering new ways to use facilities for the gospel.

We Can’t Do Megachurch Anymore
Co-authored with Wade Hodges
What happens when an “attractional church” is compelled to go in a different direction?

Rocking the White Citadel
Book review of “The Next Evangelicalism” by Soong-Chan Rah.

Christianity Today


Apocalypse Without the Beasts
A high school teacher finds the sacred in all the wrong places


Under Suspicion
Following cultic deaths of 900, independent Christian groups in Uganda come under a cloud of mistrust and fear.

Innocence Stolen
A paramilitary group in Uganda abducts younger children to fill its ranks. Those who manage to escape are plagued with haunting memories.


A Christian Harry Potter?
Shadowmancer, Britain’s hit fantasy novel, conjures darkness so the light will shine brighter.

Christian Standard

A New Movement and the Choices We Must Make
Do oil and water mix? Greg Taylor thinks they do.
Changing Signs
A church in Tulsa is making big changes and seeing signs of renewal

Wineskins Magazine

Video Review: Modern Parables: Living the Kingdom of God
“It’s not enough that this resource on Christ’s parables is both a good primer for the teacher and includes a student guide; the curriculum comes with well-produced short movies on each of twelve parables in Volume 1.”


Movie Review: Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia)

Once again Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—the Pevensies—find themselves back in Narnia when Prince Caspian, the rightful heir of Narnia, blows a horn and calls them from a London subway station into Narnia. But this is not the same Narnia they knew from entering through their uncle’s wardrobe. It is hundreds of years later, and the Talamarinds have attacked Narnians and have driven them into the forest to hide away.

Book Review: The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier
Skeptics still may not agree with emergent sensibilities, but at least Tony Jones’s The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier leaves nothing in the bag to wonder about. Tony Jones lays out a treatise on the emergent movement in the newest of his flurry of books. In it he builds a long list of “dispatches” from the frontier and suggests that it’s decision time for mainline churches: join us, support us, or get out of the way.

A Revolution of Love is Breaking Out on the Streets of Denver, Colorado
“The interesting thing about Ezekiel 37 is that it is a passage about God’s people. I like this passage for this reason. When God says, “Can these bones live?” it’s not just a question to us about homeless youth of Denver, it’s a question to all of us about our own churches. It’s been really incredible to watch God use stinky homeless kids to rattle the dry bones of churches and vise versa. We see it happening . . . dry bones are coming to life and a vast army is rising from the streets and within churches.”

The 21st Century Restoration – Will We Join It?
We’re called to unity with all Christians everywhere who call Christ Lord. When Jesus prayed his unity prayer, he didn’t parse every doctrine and neither will I here. We live the Christ-life and follow the rule of the Holy Spirit to keep that everlasting covenant God the Father has kept since creation. Christ and Paul and our own more recent forefathers such as Thomas Campbell call us to produce fruit and look for fruit of the Spirit in the lives of fellow disciples. Will Churches of Christ, Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, and Disciples of Christ join this new restoration? [This exclusive excerpt from the new multi-author book, One Church, edited by Glenn Thomas Carson, Douglas A. Foster, & Clinton J. Holloway, coming soon from Leafwood Publishers.]

Book Review: No Turning Back: My Summer with Daddy King
I underestimated the force of this book when I started reading, but I was profoundly moved by the transformation that took place in Brewster, the descriptions of and conversations with Brewster’s new-found friends, the way he absorbed the faith of women and men through their prayers and songs and sermons and non-violent—even humorous—responses to hatred from whites.


Interview with Jim Daly of ‘Focus on the Family’
Pain hurts, and who wants that? Yet, in spite of our best efforts to avoid brokenness, being undone appears to be a prerequisite for many people to come to a relationship with God. I know such was the case for me. I’ve found that when I am broken, I can finally understand how totally dependent I am on God. Truly, he has fashioned the splintered pieces of my life into a remarkable mosaic.

Catching Up With Brian McLaren Before the Conference
“We’re trying to capture the narrative of the story again — a big part of our vision is for the book to be used orally. I heard recently about a public reading of Stephen’s sermon in Acts in the ‘Dust off their Feet’ book of The Voice, and the person just started crying.” ….

Interview with Mary Albert Darling
“I think the key is knowing Jesus in an intimate way—when you get to know and love someone, you care about what they care about. Getting to know Jesus results in caring about what Jesus cares about, and he cares about the lost, and the poor and oppressed. Perhaps the biggest lie in Christianity is that we can in fact be Christian without developing and intimate friendship with Christ.” …

How Mission Shapes Us
… many American churches started with church as the driving force that shapes our mission. Then mission shapes Christ into the image of the church. Frost and Hirsh call for a reversal of this model to one that starts with Jesus’ mission. Christ’s mission shapes our mission, and in turn this mission shapes the church. So the progression is Christ-Mission-Church rather than Church-Mission-Christ. This is no small shift. This is huge. …

Good Lines and Questionable Lines in Worship Songs
“Many songs we sing have grace-filled theology. Songs are like a theological backpack in which we carry tunes and rhymes we can later evoke and ponder and sing and share with others. I call this the “residual effect of worship”: we carry songs with us, in our memory, in our hearts as we leave the worship place.” . . .

A Chat with Randy Harris about the Spiritual Deepening Program
The ZOE Growing Deeper Spirituality Program is for those wanting spiritual direction in their life with God and the body of Christ. The ZOE Spiritual Direction Program is for those who want to move more deeply into the life of helping guide others in God’s way. One of the co-directors of the program is Randy Harris, a great man of God and professor at Abilene Christian University, preacher and author.Wineskins Editor Greg Taylor spoke with Randy Harris recently about the programs . . . and a few other things that had nothing to do with the programs. We include our side conversations in the text to show you that we try not to take ourselves too seriously.

Interview with Michael Landon, Jr.: The Last Sin Eater
“There are obviously Christian themes involved here, but we’re hoping we’re not just preaching to the choir here. Because we also feel like there are universal themes embodied in the film. For example, forgiveness and redemption, and the innate sense that we’re burdened by things that we do, which can also be known as sins: these are universal elements that we believe speak to everybody’s heart.” . . .

Book Review: The Real Mary by Scot McKnight
Scot McKnight is messing with Protestant views of Mary. And, as it turns out, Catholics are paying attention, too. And he’s more than just re-arranging the Nativity scene. He wants Protestants to quit running in horror from anything that smacks of honoring Mary, to not begin with polemics against Catholics and instead come to know “the real Mary.” His new book re-visits each important episode in Mary’s life recorded by Luke, Matthew, Mark, and John and details important events in the history of the church’s understanding of Mary’s life.

A New Wineskins Interview with Calvin Miller
“I asked the question, and I think it’s a really valid question: “Does Judaism begin when Moses comes down with the Ten Precepts in Exodus 20, or does it begin in Exodus 37 when he says to Bezalel, “Make a box.” And nobody will see this box. It will sit in darkness while the camp of Israel stretches away in the night. All around this thing. Nobody will see the box except the high priest once a year. Everybody will assume the box is there, that God sits on the Keporah, the lid of the box. But the box remains a mystery. God is hidden. Our desire to know him, and the mystery to struggle to know him is what gives vitality to faith, the interest in knowing him.” . . .

Movie Review: The Nativity Story
Movie Review: The Nativity Story Greg Taylor 12/22/2006 – “In the past, also, I might be concerned that writers not harmonize the Gos

Mary 2.0
Scot McKnight is messing with Protestant views of Mary. And, as it turns out, Catholics are paying attention, too. And he’s more than just re-arranging the Nativity scene. He wants Protestants to quit running in horror from anything that smacks of honoring Mary, to not begin with polemics against Catholics and instead come to know “the real Mary.?His new book re-visits each important episode in Mary’s life recorded by Luke, Matthew, Mark, and John and details important events in the history of the church’s understanding of Mary’s life.

Movie Review: The Nativity Story
“In the past, also, I might be concerned that writers not harmonize the Gospels but stay with one writer’s perspective and so more fully understand the message. But as I watched The Nativity Story with my wife and children and two families from my church, I slipped off my scholar’s hat and lost myself in the story again.”

All Saints’ Day
Halloween is one of those chances for us to experience a “thin place” where God can be present unexpectedly when we pay attention to the opportunities that our culture gives us. This is the day that people open their doors, literally wait by the door, so hungry for their neighbors to care, to ring the doorbell, and while much good is done to gather Christians at churches and it’s a conscience decision that individuals and church leaderships have to make, much is lost when Christians gather on dark nights, failing to be light when they otherwise could be.

An Excerpt from Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity
Lauren Winner is one of the best Christian writers of our day, and we have invited her to our ZOE Look to the Hills Leadership Conference , October 5-6. This excerpt from Winner’s newest book continues a conversation with Lauren Winner in New Wineskins , which began two years ago . Enjoy this frank look at sexuality that is scriptural and spiritual – and make plans to come to the ZOE Look to the Hills Leadership Conference where Winner will present in three sessions on CLOSER: Intimacy with God. . . .

An Interview with Stan Granberg
New Wineskins spoke to Stan Granberg of Kairos: Church Planting Support about how a regional vision for church planting is emerging into a nationwide explosion—talking about this huge vision started as a joke in a presentation, but people are starting to take Stan Granberg seriously . . .

A Response from the Co-Author of The DaVinci Codebreaker
Managing Editor Greg Taylor wrote a letter of inquiry to the authors of The DaVinci Codebreaker, with questions like “Is there a way to enter the conversation without immediately claiming we know answers to all these difficult and complex text critical issues?” – and received this candid reply from one of them …

Movie Review: Prince Caspian
Movie Review Movie Review: Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia) Greg Taylor 05/18/2008 – Once again Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lu

New Issue: Cracking The DiVine Code
Why is Dan Brown’s vision of Jesus in The Da Vinci Code more intriguing to millions of people than the version they hear in most churches today? That’s the question Brian McLaren asks in his newest book, The Secret Message of Jesus.

Tracking Rabbit Trails with Donald Miller
If you enjoyed the Interview , you’ll love running up and down a few rabbit trails with New Wineskins Managing Editor Greg Taylor and Donald Miller …

An Interview With Donald Miller
Donald Miller’s conversation with New Wineskins was his last in a recent round of interviews about his new memoir of life without a father, To Own a Dragon. John Murray is one of the friends in Miller’s life who came along and showed him what good fathers are like. Miller’s father had abandoned him before he could remember, and though we sense no guile in Miller and no bitterness toward his father, he admits he still carries the “father wound” (John Eldredge’s term) and wants to meet his father someday. During the interview we learned something amazing that Miller hadn’t told any other magazine up to that point. His mother had made an incredible discovery….

Attack the Enemy – Not the Sisters and Brothers
Many are excited about the possibilities for new efforts at unity with estranged sisters and brothers in the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. This is good. There is reason for excitement. There seems to be a growing sense of the oneness of Christ’s body and a recognition of the identity we share in Christ. … Yet in the midst of wonderful possibilities to reflect the truth that there is one body (Ephesians 4:4), Satan is hard at work to disrupt the good that might be done….

Unity
Most of us are conditioned to think of unity in both abstract and narrow terms. To illustrate, close your eyes and imagine unity? Getting any mental images? Do you think of unity only in terms of church? Unity is a vast and underdeveloped concept and practice in our world today. Unity is the focus in 2006 for a group of cousins by church heritage who split in 1906: Christian Churches, Disciples of Christ, and Churches of Christ. Our spiritual forbears started a unity movement two hundred years ago, split one hundred years ago, and many in the movement want to unite again today. So this year family reunions are planned, including the North American Christian Convention, the Tulsa Soul Winning Workshop, and the Abilene Christian University Lectures, which will also host the Restoration Forum, an ongoing dialogue between the three branches of the Stone-Campbell Movement. This gives New Wineskins a great occasion for both joining in and impacting the discussion on unity. From January to April 2006, New Wineskins will explore unity through dozens of creative and insightful essays and dialogues, excerpts, audio, and your interaction through blogs, forums, and emails. … MORE

Book Review: God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It
“Jim Wallis grew up an Evangelical who lost his faith as a teenager because he was not allowed to question the world without being squelched. He chose social activism. Later he found his faith and his voice. In doing so he has tapped into a restless audience of church-goers who are fed up with politics as usual, who are ready for a movement that neither co-opts religion, nor ignores it.”

Book Review: God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It
“Jim Wallis grew up an Evangelical who lost his faith as a teenager because he was not allowed to question the world without being squelched. He chose social activism. Later he found his faith and his voice. In doing so he has tapped into a restless audience of church-goers who are fed up with politics as usual, who are ready for a movement that neither co-opts religion, nor ignores it.”

Book Review: Myths America Lives By
Richard T. Hughes calls us to see the American creed through the keen eyes of those whose life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness have not been self-evident throughout United States history: African Americans. In an election year, Myths America Lives By is a unique call to see the world through the eyes of another, rather than the party or ethnic group through which one has always viewed life, religion, and politics.

Book Review: Come Away My Beloved
Come Away My Beloved is a compilation of five previous short devotional books published in the 60s and 70s. This devotional classic is unique in voice, for Frances J. Roberts — a woman born in 1918 who wrote mostly at night the words she felt God was giving her — writes as if God is directly addressing the reader.

Book Review: Leading From Your Strengths
There is scant scientific evidence to prove this, but in my fifteen years of ministry experience, ministry teams break apart more often because of “team shock”–personality conflict and tense team dynamics–than any other cause. John Trent, Rodney Cox and Eric Tooker,in their new book Leading From Your Strengths: building close-knit ministry teams say this kind of team shock can be avoided, and they provide guidance on how to navigate the white water of team conflict.


Questions About the Gospel According to Mark
On sunny days in African villages under mango trees sitting on hard wooden benches facing one another, we came together in community and asked questions and pondered who Jesus really is and what it means to follow him. In this offering of the Gospel of Mark issue, Managing Editor Greg Taylor shares questions he and his mission team in Uganda used to converse about who Jesus is and what it means to follow him.

Relocating Like Jesus Did
Scott Roley was once an up-and-coming singer/songwriter of contemporary Christian music. Then God called him to a much different kind of ministry. He was called to “relocate” his life, ministry, and home. But this doesn’t mean he moved from one church to another. He and his family intentionally moved into a racially different neighborhood and adopted three children of different ethnic origin. Why? Because Jesus relocated. In today’s offering of the “Living Christ” issue, New Wineskins talks with Scott Roley about his life and the concept of “re-neighboring.”

The Jesus Creed: An Interview with Scot McKnight
Scot McKnight, author of the newly released book, The Jesus Creed , recently spoke with New Wineskins. The Jesus Creed is “Love God. Love Others.” McKnight says truth-telling important to these relationships. Until we tread upon that territory, we will not come through the journey to genuine Christian community. We must tell the truth.

In Memory of Pope John Paul II
John Paul II was a great human being, vessel for Spiritual formation and social change in the world, an intellectual, a wise philosopher, and a considerable theologian. Non-Catholics ought to pay attention to his life, his writings, his legacy because he provides considerable intellectual support for the Christian enterprise in a postmodern world.

Using the Old Testament for Ethical Guidance
Rick Marrs, “Using the Old Testament for Ethical Guidance” essay is a valuable addition to our discovery of the ethical life grounded in Scripture. In a world dominated by either throwing out ethical foundations such as the Bible or one where many people think the Ten Commandments form our ethical system (rather than the whole theological foundation of the Old Testament narrative and theology derived from it), this essay is very important. Read a short review then follow the link to read the whole chapter.

The Bible and Social Justice
Christian ethics is not easily kept in a simplistic category of individual morality. The chapter by Larry Chouinard and Margaret McLaughlin that we offer today as a whole excerpt from Christian Ethics is about justice, about our misconceptions of justice that are influenced perhaps more by culture than Scripture, and a corrective to this notion of justice that is found in the Bible as it relates to our actions in the world toward the poor, minority groups, immigrants, non-Christians, and children.

God’s Commands and Christian Ethics
Why is this book on Christian Ethics so valuable? Find part of the answer here today as we offer a review and excerpt of chapter one: “God’s Commands and Christian Ethics: A Theology of Christian Life.”

Lord! Save Us!
You’re terrified and starting to hallucinate: a ghost appears to be hovering over the water. You wipe sheets of water from your eyes with one hand and with the other squeeze the edge of the boat with a vise grip. The ghost comes closer and you scream …

Emergent Church Means New Life in Christ
Consider this: “You were called to be free. Do not use your freedom (in Christ) to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love (Gal. 5:13). In this installment of our “Life in Christ in Emergent Culture” issue, Greg Taylor explains what emergent church and culture means …

Part of Discipleship is Sharing Your Faith
Tim Riter, author of Twelve Lies You Hear in Church joins the discussion on discipleship with an article on a lie may be telling ourselves about sharing our faith in Jesus Christ.

Our Bodies Are Not Meant for Tombs or Duffel Bags
“Hello. This is Wako. I called to — hello?” The voice came over the phone. “Yes, I’m still listening,” I said, rolling my eyes at the tendency for Ugandans to stop and say hello between sentences if they are not getting verbal feedback over the line. My friend, Wako, had called me to say his seven-month-old daugher, Louisa, was very sick. Our friend, Dr. Clifton Ganus, Jr., who visited Wako’s village, Nabikooli, a few months before, had named Wako’s little baby after his own granddaughter.

New Shapes of Christian Homes
In college I took a course on Christian Home. Everyone did. The shape of family was simply described. One man, one woman, and a quiver full of children. This was God’s intended shape of the family, the Christian Home book said.Surely Scripture upholds such a model as a blessing to all. Yet in my Christian Home class, we weren’t adequately prepared for the shapes we would encounter, some gruesome and some beautiful and also approved and blessed by God. One class was not meant to—nor can it—prepare us for the shapes our families will take.

Horrific Cult Began With Sublime Vision of Mother Mary
The horror that left an estimated 929 cult members dead began with a sublime vision of Mother Mary, according to the sinister legend told by survivors of Uganda’s Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments massacre.

Book Review: Yet Will I Trust Him
The newly published book by John Mark Hicks, Yet Will I Trust Him, (College Press, 1999) refines and answers the theological questions about suffering as much as the author’s own suffering has refined his faith. Just as bright sun rays beaming through dark clouds during a pouring rain are both rare, noteworthy, and even refreshing, so this book combines rays of the biblical story from an honest exegete and theologian who has experienced the dark clouds of suffering.

Missionaries in the Gutter
A look at the testimony and model of a ministry that is getting down and dirty in the gutter – Craig Goss’ outreach to pornography addicts and victims. … “I spoke with Gross at a greasy spoon in Nashville, two hours before a screening of the new movie about him and Mike Foster, co-founders of xxxchurch.com, a Web site dedicated to helping raise awareness about the sinfulness and destructive nature of pornography. But this is not some anti-porn web site and ministry done from a spotless church environment, nor would they use bullhorns, email petitions, and placards from a distance.”

In Line at the Church Customs Office
After seven years planting churches in Uganda, I’m nervously returning to America.

Better than Ice Cream in Summer
Telling God’s Story at the Baptistery… I remember talking to my mother about “getting baptized.” Mom lovingly listened and guided me in “counting the cost” of following Jesus. I only recently asked about my mother’s own experience in baptism and was surprised when she told me she had been baptized as a child then re-baptized at age thirty-four because she felt she had only submitted to baptism the first time “because it was the thing to do.”

Intimacy with God through Meditation
God wants us to meditate on him because it is his key to our hearts…

Thinking Apocalyptically:Interview with David Dark
David Dark is author of Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed In Radiohead, The Simpsons and Other Pop Culture Icons and teaches English at a Presbyterian Christian Academy in Nashville. Dark graciously gave us an hour to sit on the porch with him as he spun a fascinating new vision for Apocalyptic thinking. Look for Greg Taylor’s review of Everyday Apocalypse in the October 2003 issue of Christianity Today. Now, join Eric Quiram and David Dark on the porch for a chat about apocalypse…

Keep in Step with the Spirit
Christian Spirituality claims there is a Reality that lies beyond “our reality.” Yet unlike all other spiritualities, Christian Spirituality claims that this Reality morphed into a man named Jesus Christ and dwelled among us. While other spiritualities claim body less and spirit more, a major dimension of Christian Spirituality is the journey toward experiencing this incarnation of God into our bodily lives.

Conversation with Film Expert Greg Garrett
I think it’s important for Christians to take note of what’s happening in culture. But it’s also true that individual Christians are going to have individual choices about how much they want to participate in culture. So, there are some people who are going to say, ‘The Matrix is an R rated movie and just as a matter of principle I don’t go see R rated movies’ and I would understand that decision completely. On the other hand there are millions of people who are going to see The Matrix who are going to be exposed to faith questions and to opportunities for Christians to talk about faith questions.

Power Loss: Blackout 2003
The low rumble of panic could be heard as people gathered around anybody with a battery-powered radio. It was a blackout, and we were in the middle of New York City with our children. We feared the worst…

Back To The Point: The God Who Sees Us
Faith rises out of our grief, just as it did for Abram and Sarah, and Hagar. In this issue we’ve seen the pain of those longing to be parents and the grief of those who lose children. And these sufferers have named their own sacred places, “God was here” or “God saw my grief” or “Yet will I trust him.”

Dare We Doubt Together
Nine years ago Jennifer delivered Leah stillborn. The next Sunday her congregation sang, “God is so good.” The words caught in Jennifer’s throat, and she could not sing. Instead she found a place to weep alone.

A Conversation with Brian McLaren (2003)
New Wineskins talks with author and minister Brian McLaren … “I suppose there are a number of words that all are closely related; there’s faith, there’s doubt, there’s knowledge, there’s certainty, there’s unbelief–this whole group of words. And the word doubt, I think, always involves faith. Sometimes we just think of it as something negative, but you can’t have doubt unless you have faith. So, in fact the root, ‘doub’ in doubt is the same root as ‘double’; and it means to have two contrary thoughts in your mind at the same time – to be in two minds about something. So, I think, for just about everyone there’s always a mix of faith and doubt – in all of our beliefs.”

Should I Buy a Computer Bible Program?
Should you get a computer Bible study program? I tested one by Logos Research Systems recently. My former professors at Harding Graduate School of Religion might have a conniption if they knew I was using such a crutch alternative to the sweat work of hitting the books. After all, it was there in Memphis that I heard the saying, “Exegesis is five percent illumination and 95 percent perspiration.”

Your Identity is Worth More than a Hill of Beans
Your heart thumps. Your cell phone shows an urgent message. All week you’ve felt like a hamster on a running wheel. You punch the numbers to get the important voice mail ….

Sex & the Kitchen Sink
In most cases the “pre-divorce” of dropping the connection between sex and true relationship happens before legal divorce is ever mentioned. A friend of mine said his wife served him divorce papers last year. He pointed to a time before the divorce when they stopped praying together as the beginning of the end of their marriage.

Book Review: Leaving Ruin
Author Jeff Berryman, a former drama teacher at Abilene Christian University, is touring a ninety-minute drama based on Leaving Ruin. Steve Pederson, Willow Creek’s director of drama, called it “a masterpiece.”

Our Bodies are not Meant for Tombs or Duffel Bags
Before becoming managing editor for Wineskins, Greg Taylor lived with his family and a mission team in Jinja, Uganda. He wrote dozens of dispatches from there, including stories for Christianity Today. See Christianitytoday.com for more of his stories from Uganda, including investigative reporting on a cult mass murder, child soldiers in Sudan, and Ebola.

Do Movies Speak Your Language?
What if we did have actual footage of Jesus Christ—everything the Messiah said and did on DVD? What if the entire Bible were a movie, not a book? Would that be enough for us to believe?

Worship That Honors God Moves Beyond Church Walls
This issue has focused on the question of exactly how worship affects God, us, and the world around us. Is our worship intended to speak a word to our culture?

Who’s Wearing Your Pants?
When Robert Hamm saw the shredded pants dangling from a Ugandan villager’s waist, he decided to give the man a pair of pants.”Great,” I told Robert, “I’ll bring Sawti a pair next time I come,” I said, easily brushing off his suggestion. “I’d like to give him a pair of pants today,” Robert replied.

Women’s Roles: can opposite views both honor God?
Can churches with restrictive views of women’s roles in the church and those with more permissive views both honor God in worship? Managing editor Greg Taylor introduces the new featured audio series by Mike Cope: Women, Gifts, and the Body of Christ.

Bus Ride to Justice
Greg Taylor takes you on a bus ride to justice.

Justice Rolling Like a River
The year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25) was a radical plan, requiring the people of faith to return all property to the original owners every fifty years. In an agrarian society, this was about as basic as economic restructuring could go. Wealth was redistributed to avoid having the unbalanced situation where a few families amass enormous wealth and luxury while others just barely scrape by.

Francis of Assisi and Johnny Appleseed
One day Francis of Assisi was attending mass at Church of the Portiuncula, outside of Asissi, when the text was Matthew 10:7,9. When Francis heard the words of Jesus to his disciples, to go and preach and take no money, he stood up, according to Celano (Celano, First Life, IX.22), the biographer closest to Francis, and said, “This is what I wish, this is what I seek, this is what I long to do with all my heart!”

Fruit of the Spirit or Fruit of the Loom
Are the pages of your Bible worn out and bent back at Galatians 5:22-23? We return time and again to Paul’s exhortation about the Fruit of the Spirit in order to remember how to behave or to help us memorize the popular children’s song that goes with the verse…

It’s Worth Going to Bat Over the Pork Platter…
Some things are worth fighting for. I would fight like a pit bull to protect my wife and children. For the honor God I would go to the mat. The Apostle Paul fought for the honor of God and for fairness to God’s children when he confronted Peter and some strict Jews who wanted Gentiles to be circumcised in order to be real Christians…

Sit, Walk, Stand
Chinese theologian Watchman Nee summarizes Paul’s letter to the Ephesians with three words: sit, walk, stand. The progression of this letter takes shape in three exercises for the Christian…

Two Generations Went Up to Pray
Harry and Mary Sue Smith arrived 30 minutes before early worship service. Harry fought in Korea and hated to be late for church. Mary Sue prayed for Harry while he fought in Korea, rarely missed inviting guests home for Sunday lunch and hated when her roast would burn because the service went long…

Can We Find a Church Online that Pierces Ears?
In the wake of our world crisis, church attendance sharply increased while mall shopping waned. I contributed to both statistics: first, I’d take the dentist’s drill to one of my good molars over shopping even in a flimsy Christmas rush, and second, my family just moved and we’re visiting churches…

Book Review: Caught in the Net
Book Review: If you subscribe to the print magazine, you will see an exclusive interview with Dr. Kimberly Young, author of CAUGHT IN THE NET, a book about the disturbing growth of online addiction worldwide.

Book Review: Two Views of Hell
Is God’s punishment eternal in the sense that the wicked are tormented consciously without end or in the sense that the torment will be done once and for all and will be an eternally lasting destruction? Can we know precisely how the wicked will be punished in hell any more than we can envision exactly how we will live forever in heaven? This is the debate between Edward Fudge and Robert Peterson, Two Views of Hell: A Biblical and Theological Dialogue.

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