The Prosperity Gospel Meets Real Christianity

From Syria even unto Rome I fight with beasts, both by land and sea, both by night and day, being bound to ten leopards, I mean a band of soldiers, who, even when they receive benefits, show themselves all the worse. But I am the more instructed by their injuries [to act as a disciple…

20 Questions to Ask Before Preaching Your Christmas Sermon

Propreacher has them. Dear Pastor, Your Christmas sermon is a big deal! The eternal destination of many who will sit in your Christmas service hang in the balance. Are you ready? Here are 20 questions that you should ask yourself before you preach this Christmas: 1. Have I prayed over my message, completely given it to…

Don’t Fear Preaching as Jesus Preached

Msgr Charles Pope writes: Some years ago I was stationed with a priest who, while he often liked my homilies, would often critique my use of what he called “fear based preaching.” Perhaps I had warned the congregation of punishment for sin, or even let slip that certain things were mortal sins that would exclude one…

NT Wright on Twitter

His Excellency, the (former) Lord Bishop Rt Rev Dr Prof NT Wright is Tweeting on Twitter. He is now Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at the University of St Andrews. I noticed this video on his latest tweet: What is the gospel?  

The Ordinariate Has Finally Arrived

So opts Damien Thompson, who blogs: There’s plenty of scepticism about the Ordinariate – especially since the careful circulation of a quote attributed to former Cardinal Bergoglio saying he didn’t see the need for it. Well, we shall see. Pope Francis – who would never have encountered Anglicans in the Catholic tradition in Latin America –…