Giving Up Self-Discipline for Lent | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.
AS some of you know already, I really like Mark Galli. He always has a unique angle in what he writes. This is also true about this text on Lent. Here is a short quote:
‘Lent is supposed to have more spiritual overtones than the mere self-improvement mantras of New Year’s. But I suspect that for many of us, Lenten disciplines are more about us than about God. More about getting our act together in some area that continually discourages us and repeatedly sabotages our self-respect. The advantage of Lent over New Year’s resolutions is that we can bring God to our side, and the whole church is there to cheer us on. But for many of us, I suspect, it’s one big self-improvement regimen, with God as mere personal coach. But who am I to judge others? I have enough self-centeredness of my own to deal with.’
“Let’s you and him fight!” The old comic-book trope is good advice for bystanders as Mark Galli’s God Wins counters Rob Bell and his book Love Wins. The two are respected evangelical leaders, an editor and a pastor, who attract headlines and readerships as they debate “Heaven, Hell” and the “Good News.” Their subject is a meaningful alternative to the otherwise preoccupying evangelicals’ debates over homosexuality and abortion. “The Good News” is a debate over whether “Love Wins” or “God Wins,” and those who hear the biblical word that “God is Love” may have trouble telling the players without a program. Both sides agree that this is all about “the ultimate fate of human beings,” a classic concern of all who believe that there is an afterlife. Continue reading “Martin Marty – Who Wins?”
I will spare you this time my usual apology for the texts of Mark Galli. It is past midnight here and I have said it all already (if in doubt, search for Galli on my blog).
I will just add a few quotes from a text you should read if you are,, even if to a little degree a ‘weary evangelical’. If you are not, don’t bother. It may trouble your senseless contentment. Continue reading “Mark Galli, John Stott and the Weary Evangelical”
O Risen Lord, be our resurrection and life.
Be the resurrection and the life for us and all whom you have made.
Be the resurrection and the life for those caught in the grip of sin and addiction.
Be the resurrection and the life for those who feel forsaken. Continue reading “Mark Galli – Easter Prayer”
Miroslav Volf, Yale University
A few years ago, a Southern Baptist leader said he could not pray with Jews because they worshiped a different God. The response of most Christians was one of disbelief: Who was Jesus worshiping if not the God of the Jews?
The question becomes thornier in relation to Muslims, who are adamant that God is one, while Christians are adamant that God is one in three—to note just one remarkable difference between the two faiths. But are these differences as stark as they seem at first blush? Some theologians think they are even starker, and have argued such in Christianity Today’s pages. Continue reading “Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? An interview with Miroslav Volf”
Mark Galli was joking on Facebook when he announced his latest article as being written by one of his favourite authors.
The few friends who read this blog regularly know how much I like the articles written by Mark Galli, from Christianity Today, and that I am not joking about it.
His latest text deals with the pathological obsession with numbers shared by most Evangelicals. The argument is simple. Liberal churches are in decline (numerically), while conservative churches are growing (numerically). Who’s better then? The answer is obvious and worryingly self-gratifying. Nevertheless, the latest figures seem to contradict this vulgata of the good Evangelical. Which offers Galli an excellent opportunity for another great article.
I add below a few quotes, as a teaser. I hope most of you would be intrigued and motivated to read the whole text. Continue reading “Counting to One and the Evangelical Demon of Numbers”
Those who read regularly this blog know already the deep interest I have in the writings of Mark Galli, from Christianity Today. They have also seen my previous skeptical post on the spiritual value new year resolutions (you may also find HERE a post I have published about a year ago, about the origin of this spiritual practice). I have found my intuition confirmed in the latest text that Galli published on the CT website. Here are just a few quotes, to wet your appetite. Continue reading “Mark Galli – Blessed Are the Poor in Virtue”
Those who read this blog know already how much I like Mark Galli. Here is another short text of his that is a good reason for meditation and soul searching for all of us. Enjoy!
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The gospel is for Christians too.
When Christians share their faith with others—especially those of other faiths—our conversation sometimes begins with an unfortunate assumption: that we Christians have absorbed the message of Jesus and that non-Christians have not. That we are on the righteous side of God’s ledger, and that Muslims and Jews are the sinners’ side. We are near to God, and Buddhists and Hindus are far from God. Our conversation implicitly assumes that non-Christians need spiritual help and we do not so much. Non-Christians are lost, and we are not; people of other faiths need to hear the words of the gospel, and we do not. Continue reading “Mark Gall – Evangelising Ourselves”
Those who read this blog on a regular basis (they are not many, I am sure, but quality rather than numbers is what matters) know I am a big fan of Mark Galli, from Christianity Today.
This time I recommend a text where he discusses the topic of dialogue, Since this is a very actual matter in Romanian Evangelicalism (I want to say, the lack of it), I suggest we could all benefit from engaging with Galli’s pointed argument. Here are a few quotes, for a teaser. Continue reading “How Can Christians Communicate what We Believe Without Being Denigrating or Inflammatory?”
Mark Galli is a Christian author, former Presbyterian minister and managing editor at Christianity Today. He holds there a biweekly online column called SoulWork. His latest book is titled Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God.
Marks writing is crisp and often surprising. He always has an edge, like any good prophet. Continue reading “Mark Galli – Are We Transformed Yet?”