The Danger of Loving Your Country's Virtues More Than the Gospel

The Bible teaches us to care about our country. Liberty makes it easier to be Christian, and our founding fathers, at a minimum, espoused virtues consistent with the Christian faith so that Christians have a vested interest in loving and supporting their country. I strongly resonate with all of these ideas. I am deeply grateful to God for my country. He put me here, and I am blessed. I love liberty, and I espouse the same virtues of our founding fathers. But what I must not do is idolize that liberty or those virtues. It is far too easy for […]

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Derek Webb on Caedmon's Call and the Local Church – Part Three of My Interview

Well, Southern Fried Faith is here (Kindle … Paperback). As I reflect on some of the things I’ve written about, I realize that Derek Webb agrees on some points. Thanks to him for spending time with me to talk about the church in the south, and for his endorsement. Here’s what Derek said about the book: Having grown up in the American south where the ‘behavior modification program’ too often passes for the authentic following of Jesus, Rob Tims brings very good tidings. For hopeless sinners like me, Southern Fried Faith is a welcome disruption and an invitation to freedom for believers […]

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Maya Angelou Dies at Age 86

Maya Angelou, whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Read the Times article here.

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Keeping Sabbath and Planning Commerce is Like …

Walter Brueggermann’s book, Sabbath as Resistance, is PHENOMENAL. It’s somewhat on the scholarly side, but is an excellent set of expositions that are highly applicable to the practice of Sabbath. Here are two quotes: “The most unwelcome form of multitasking is with the cell phone – on the phone while at dinner with a guest or while driving. But a much more poisonous form of multitasking is taking notes during a church service … not notes on the sermon, but a grocery list or calls to return or deals to make. Multitasking is the drive to be more than we […]

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Todd Brady on "Heaven is For Real"

I’ve yet to find an article that delicately yet firmly addresses the “Heaven is for Real” phenomenon taking place in the Bible belt as well as Todd Brady’s in the Baptist Press. Here are some excerpts, but the entire article is worth your time. In a day when violence, perverted sexuality and general crudeness are splattered across the silver screen, a heartwarming, spiritually-oriented film like Heaven Is for Real containing nice, moral, churchgoing Nebraskans is somewhat of a relief.  Of humanity’s search for God, Augustine said long ago that our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee. As […]

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Derek Webb on Young Life and Becoming a Christian

In anticipation of the release of my first book, Southern Fried Faith, I’m sharing with you excerpts from my interview with Derek Webb back in November 2013. You can read our first interview here. In part two below, we talk about the role Young Life played in his coming to faith. Rob: You mentioned earlier the role Young Life played in your brother’s life, but share about how you came to be involved in Young Life after moving to Houston. Derek: I went kicking and screaming to a Young Life Camp over the summer. Actually, this girl I had a crush on was […]

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Derek Webb – Part 1 of My Interview

So many of my experiences with the church in the South are best understood through some of Derek Webb’s songs, so we spent a couple of hours together the day before Thanksgiving in 2013 talking about Jesus, the church and the south. Because my brevity is your levity, I’ve taken the liberty to edit the transcription, but all is true to my questions and his answers. Look for several posts this week featuring highlights from our conversation, all in lead up to the release of my first book, Southern Fried Faith. Below, we talk about the role of the church in his […]

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How to Earn Your Place in Heaven by Michael Bloomberg

From the NYT via The Weekly Standard: “If (Michael Bloomberg) senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.” So, how does one go about earning his place in heaven, according […]

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Share in Suffering. Don't Shoot our Wounded

Chained in a Roman dungeon, awaiting his execution, Paul wrote to Timothy for the last time, a letter we now call 2 Timothy. In chapter 2, Paul gave Timothy the following advice, and gave him three metaphors for following through on it. The advice? “Share in suffering.” And here are the metaphors. “Share in suffering” as a good soldier of Christ Jesus by not getting entangled in the concerns of civilian life, instead seeking only to please his recruiter. “Share in suffering” like an athlete who competes according to the rules. “Share in suffering” like a hardworking farmer who sees the […]

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Ten Questions to Ask Before You Watch or Skip Noah

Here are ten questions I’m asking myself before I decide whether or not to see “Noah.” What movies have I seen that truly portrayed the Bible or the gospel accurately? Is that even possible? Would it make it a good movie? Is an intentionally inaccurate portrayal of a Bible story cause for not seeing a movie? Why or why not? Is it cause for encouraging others one way or the other? Why or why not? Do I allow my children to watch videos that obscure either the plot and/or meaning of any part of the Bible? Compare and contrast the quality, substance, coherence, […]

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