The Parable of New Wineskins

Jesus said,16 “‘No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they […]

The One True Church (Doesn’t Guilt or Hurt Others)

I made a friend a couple of years ago. Before I knew it she became a Jesus follower and, within the past year, has already read the entire Bible and is starting it again. She is kind, good, and passionate about her walk. She loves others well and does what she can to serve. She […]

Seeking more Sensory services: abandoning the auditorium for the Sanctuary

I really find most of the Lenten posts on social media from people in our tribe to be trite.  Really quite sophomoric.  Acting like they’ve discovered something new, using unused words in our circles like “Liturgy” or they are somehow now supremely profound because they want to give up coffee, chocolate, or Facebook for Lent…, […]

January 2022 Poetry Column for Wineskins

Jesus heard that they had thrown [the man born blind] out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one […]

My Book Recommendation for 2021: Superlatives in Christian Media

By Kent Blake Recently I endorsed a television series, The Chosen, as a superlative in Christian media in 2021. In the book category I highly recommend God’s Woman Revisited: Pocket Edition by Gary Burke. This book has an interesting story and take on women’s roles in the church. The book flew under the radar for […]

What the Beatles Teach Us About Leadership

In November Disney+ released Get Back, a look into the recording sessions that produced The Beatles’s album Let it Be. Director Peter Jackson obtained the 60 hours of video and 150 hours of audio that was recorded for the1970 Beatles documentary Let It Be, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. That original documentary was 80 minutes; Jackson’s […]

My Two Biggest Surprises in 2021 in Christian Media

January is a good time to look back over the last year at some superlatives in Christian media. My first surprise this year was a television series, The Chosen, and my second surprise is a book, God’s Woman Revisited, by an unknown, yet eminently qualified theological author with an unusual perspective from scripture. Today I […]

Six things I Pray for Churches of Christ in 2022

In recent days the powers that be in Churches of Christ have lamented “apostasy” from preachers, congregations, and “colleges” that do not toe the unwritten creedal line. The irony is deep because historically it has been claimed that God’s church does not own any colleges therefore did not have a creedal position on anything. But […]

January Theme – All Things New

“5 He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” – Revelation 21:5 There are moments in our lives when we need a fresh start. Often, New Years seems to be an obvious time for a do-over! As we […]