Brother Michael Leach offers an interesting look at pastoral theology, the centrality of the Scripture, and African American churches. His conclusion:
Our most important task, therefore, is to recover pastoral theology from the sinister grasp of modern practitioners and to place it squarely and soundly on its rightful Christological and soteriological foundation, so that, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the eternal truths of the gospel may be applied to the existential conditions of all God’s people, regardless of the nature of their particular angst.Helpful: Eric Zeller is thinking about preaching and offering a good reminder about mixed audiences and good questions to consider in sermon prep.
Church & Technology: Have you ever heard of the "ATM"? No... not that one. The "Automated Tithing Machine." The L.A. Times ran this story about a church that's implemented three in its building. (HT: Riddleblog)