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April 24 2017, 2AM

Rod Dreher’s proposal is nothing less than a different kind of politics, but it is politics. His book is called: Benedict Option. The first point to make about Dreher’s theory is that we have lost the culture war. As recently as the 1960s, wit... [Uncategorized]

April 23, 10PM

The forces at work in Greg Boyd’s new book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, include passages about God in the Old Testament — warrior God images — and how those relate to the revelation of God in Christ of the cross — the supre... [Uncategorized]

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Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through... [Uncategorized]

April 21, 10PM

Go Cubs, Go! Chicago Cubs fans continue to prove they can’t get enough championship gear — even the most expensive type. Jostens started selling World Series champion jewelry, including rings, on April 12, and in the first full week of sales, ... [Uncategorized]

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Date: 4/27/17 Time: 10am CST Description: Have you ever wanted to improve your writing, but wasn’t sure where to start? Scot McKnight has written or edited almost 60 books.  He knows first hand that writing is no small endeavor, but also the power of t... [Uncategorized]

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This post is from Arise, a publication of Christians for Biblical Equality, and in the comment box please write out what you have heard. By Rachel Elizabeth Asproth On April 19, 2017 Last night, Sarah Bessey (we’re fans!) began a conversation about the... [Uncategorized]

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Officiating funeral services comes with the calling to the pastoral vocation. I was just out of seminary in the summer of 1975 and called to a church in Racine, WI. One of my first duties as associate pastor (a euphemism for student pastor) was to conduct... [Uncategorized]

April 20, 10PM

If you teach college students who tell you what they think, you will hear about this problem. My first semester at North Park many years ago meant teaching Joshua and Judges, to name but two of the locations. It means confronting the God of war in the Old... [Uncategorized]

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Now resolved. It is a perfect Easter story – except, unlike Jesus’s empty tomb after the Resurrection, this tomb is crammed with the remains of former Archbishops of Canterbury. Last year, during the refurbishment of the Garden Museum, which is housed... [Uncategorized]
A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. There is no DMin degree quite like this one and we are learning that pastors want this kind of contextual shaping kind of study of ... [Uncategorized]

April 19, 10PM

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it one hundred times: “science is always changing.” The implication every time I’ve heard it is this: “So I don’t trust science.” The further implication is this: “So I... [Uncategorized]

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Would you like to deepen your ability to teach, preach, and write for your church context? Do you have a desire to take your church into the rich perspective of the New Testament? This Fall I am launching our second innovative Master of Arts in New Testa... [Uncategorized]
The new movie about Lee Strobel’s conversion story — the result of his own discovery of an apologetic for the resurrection of Jesus — has been all but assailed in this review, by Josiah at Vice, who presses against some of the themes of ... [Uncategorized]

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A year ago, I picked up Andy Crouch, the executive editor of Christianity Today to spend a weekend with the leadership at Highland, unpacking some of the ideas in his recent book “Strong and Weak”. My wife was busy, so I picked him up in our m... [Uncategorized]

April 18, 10PM

Those of us who have the privilege of teaching the Bible, and by this I now mean Genesis 1–3 or 1–11, know the implications of the text and the reader. For some people any budging off the historical Adam construct is fudging the truth while for others... [Uncategorized]

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A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. Think about joining us… we begin July 10-14, 2017. This will be our second iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Minist... [Uncategorized]

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Samuel Smith: Every member of Gordon College’s faculty senate resigned from their senatorship last week in what is being labeled as a show of solidarity for a professor who claims that she was denied a promotion because of her criticisms about the s... [Uncategorized]
He’s a Bama fan and a Cubs fun, and at least one of those is good. But Mike Glenn is a pastor and a dreamer and a preacher and he’s got a vision for helping in Middle Tennessee and it’s great to see that church get some attention for its... [Uncategorized]

April 17, 10PM

In a recent article in The National Review, Rachel Lu predictably contends for more presence and activism by Christians, and the author does so in some version of a Niebuhrian or Kuyperian or Catholic or Methodist activism. Rachel Lu, in a thoroughly civ... [Uncategorized]

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Would you like to deepen your ability to teach, preach, and write for your church context? Do you have a desire to take your church into the rich perspective of the New Testament? This Fall I am launching our second innovative Master of Arts in New Testa... [Uncategorized]

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By Amy Buckley, from Arise Amy R. Buckley (M. Div., George Fox Evangelical Seminary) is a writer, speaker, editor, and activist. Amy has contributed to Strengthening Families and Ending Abuse, Churches and Their Leaders Look to the Future. She founded the... [Uncategorized]

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Rod Dreher thinks our contemporary culture is pock marked by fragmentation and unbelief and a degeneration of morality into the triumph of eros. In the 2d chapter of The Benedict Option he sketches big themes in the last six hundred years and how we got ... [Uncategorized]

April 16, 10PM

By Michelle Van Loon http://www.MomentsAndDays.org and http://www.MichelleVanLoon.com At one end of the spectrum, we have the language of the Benedict Option, which includes a call to nurture a comprehensive Christian worldview in the greenhouse of a shar... [Uncategorized]

April 14, 10PM

Good for LeBron James: LeBron James understands what it’s like being a kid on the outside looking for hope. He’s giving them some. James, who has been committed to helping kids in his hometown through a variety of educational programs, is team... [Uncategorized]

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Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a deta... [Uncategorized]
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one... [Uncategorized]

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Kristen, an ordained elder with the Free Methodist Church, is the Pastor of Mars Hill Free Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also teaches Bible & Theology courses for the Free Methodist Church during January intensive J-Term Courses. Kris... [Uncategorized]

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The Benedict Option of Rod Dreher, well known conservative commentator and author of the new and best-selling book The Benedict Option, is a proposal for how best to create a Christian culture in order, if the time is right, for Christians to return to a... [Uncategorized]

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By Jonathan Storment In her great book, Crucifixion, Fleming Rutledge tells a story about what happened on Palm Sunday 1994 at the Goshen Methodist Church in Piedmont Alabama. Over 140 people had shown up to worship God, and because it was Palm Sunday the... [Uncategorized]

April 11, 10PM

‘Why are some choosing to be “biblical” on this issue of women in ministry and not others in the Western world? And, in light of so many studies about women in ministry, why are they choosing to be “narrowly” biblical? That i... [Uncategorized]

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Source: By Rory Carroll | AUGUSTA, GEORGIA If not for the modern clothing styles, photos of the lucky patrons attending the last round of the U.S. Masters on Sunday could be confused with ones from another era since no one will be holding up a smartp... [Uncategorized]

April 10, 10PM

Here’s how to subvert gender stereotypes in the church: 1. Apply masculine metaphors (like spiritual warriors, athletes, bravery/courage) to all believers, including women. 2. Apply feminine metaphors (like maternal terms, romance and marriage) to a... [Uncategorized]

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BBC: A quarter of people who describe themselves as Christians in Great Britain do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus, a survey commissioned by the BBC suggests. However, almost one in 10 people of no religion say they do believe the Easter story, b... [Uncategorized]

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How “new” is teaching about new creation? If you listen to some, it’s a revolutionary idea. How “different” is the final new creation kingdom from what has been classically taught about heaven? Matthew Bates, in Salvation by... [Uncategorized]

April 9, 10PM

The answer to the first question is a firm No. Paul not only embraced “slavery/servant” language as a metaphor for the Christian’s relationship to God — who today would say you are “slave” to God to someone released fro... [Uncategorized]

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Our hearts and prayers go out to Egypt and its Coptic Christian community: By MAGDY SAMAAN and DECLAN WALSH APRIL 9, 2017 CAIRO — Two explosions at Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday left at least 36 people dead and injured dozens of others as ... [Uncategorized]

April 8, 10PM

Matthew 21:1-11 When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a c... [Uncategorized]

April 7, 10PM

This week has been consumed with the expansion of Northern Seminary — four sites (South Side, Lawndale, Lisle [moving from Lombard], and our wonderful Northern Live program) and adjustments and, well, there are more announcements to come. Stay tuned... [Uncategorized]

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Book Review: Love Lives Here By John Frye When Maria Goff writes you feel like you’re near a crackling fireplace and you want to move closer to the warmth. Each chapter in her book, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You ... [Uncategorized]

April 6, 10PM

Michael Stroope has a full scale analysis of the Christian usage of the term “mission” and terms associated with it, like “missionary” and now today the very happy, fuzzy term “missional.” His study is called Transcend... [Uncategorized]

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A good book for this podcast: Ancient Future Time [Uncategorized]

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Source: SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — What happened after a waiter served up an act of kindness is proof that not all good deeds go unnoticed. Joe Thomas received national attention after a photo of him at work at an IHOP in Springfield, Illinois, was posted ... [Uncategorized]

April 5, 10PM

Behind the Lutheran Church is a man named Martin Luther who said, “”First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn.” I recommend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff,... [Uncategorized]

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Northern Seminary Announces Expansion Plan To Transform Theological Education Learn more at www.seminary.edu New Learning/Teaching Centers Designed to Meet the Needs of Seminary Students for Decades to Come LOMBARD, Ill. (April 5, 2017) — Building on it... [Uncategorized]

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By Kelly Edmiston, @kellyedmiston Student minister at First Colony Church of Christ. “I am not sure this was such a good idea,” I told my friend through tear-blurred eyes and hysterical sniffles. You know, the kind of hysterical sobs where you can’t... [Uncategorized]

April 4, 10PM

When A Parent Is “Left Behind”, by Michelle Van Loon www.MomentsAndDays.com www.MichelleVanLoon.com There has been much written about the exodus of Millennials from the Church. But I haven’t seen much discussion about the effect of that exodus o... [Uncategorized]

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Sheri Berman: An analogy is haunting the United States—the analogy of fascism. It is virtually impossible (outside certain parts of the Right-wing itself) to try to understand the resurgent Right without hearing it described as—or compared with—20th... [Uncategorized]

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Micah White of Occupy’s confession: You’ve gone from trying to look at the big picture, global “We are the 99 percent,” stop the money in politics, end corporate greed down to 280 people. Why go small? I think one of the things abo... [Uncategorized]

April 3, 10PM

Just War & Pacifism: A Truce, by Austin Fischer SMcK: One of the great testing grounds for one’s approach to Christian ethics is war: How should Christians participate? Should Christians participate? It is a sad reality that many American Christ... [Uncategorized]

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By Justin Taylor, who is more and more developing his hand at the history of American evangelicalism: A recent Washington Post profile of Vice President Mike Pence quoted a 2012 piece which said “he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife.... [Uncategorized]

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One of the summary beliefs of the Reformation is “by faith alone” (sola fide). So Matthew Bates (Salvation by Allegiance Alone) proposes that the meaning of “faith” in “faith” alone is more than cognitive agreement and... [Uncategorized]

April 2, 10PM

Mimi’s post, originally at Missio Alliance, illustrates how the term “complementarian” has a history. It was originally the term used by what is now called egalitarians; thus, they were complementarian without hierarchy. The term as used... [Uncategorized]

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Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fi... [Uncategorized]

April 1, 10AM

Stewart Mandel: On May 20, 2015, the NCAA’s vice president for enforcement sent North Carolina a letter alleging lack of institutional control by the university for providing athletes special access to fraudulent African Studies courses. It noted that t... [Uncategorized]

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Jason Micheli is the author of Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage Serious Chemo. He’s a United Methodist in Alexandria, Va, blogs at www.tamedcynic.org, and hosts the Crackers and Grape Juice Podcast.  How Resident Aliens Live: Or, the Fitch Opti... [Uncategorized]

March 31, 10PM

Go Julia, by Jenny McCoy: Louisiana native Julia Hawkins became a competitive cyclist at age 81. Last year at age 100, seeking a new challenge, she decided to pick up competitive running for the first time. She registered for the 50-meter dash at the Loui... [Uncategorized]

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From CNN, on the leggings on United Airlines kerfuffle: Plus, “non-revs,” short for “non-revenue,” are subjected to a dress code, which only they can access on the United website with a password; it’s not publicly available. ... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye My wife, Julie, and I have been attending an intentionally diverse church for over a year. We’ve noticed a compelling dynamic in a multiethnic community. Yes, we affirm as a church that we all want to be a preview of the new creation vision... [Uncategorized]

March 30, 4PM

Kris and I were asked to attend and I got to be a Presenter when Karen Miller was ordained to the priesthood almost two weeks ago. Karen will join her husband, Kevin, as co-pastors, co-priests of Church of the Savior in Wheaton. It was a wonderful service... [Uncategorized]

March 29, 10PM

Matthew Bates, in Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King, contends that salvation by faith alone is better translated and understood as by allegiance alone. As we sketched his answers to a couple of que... [Uncategorized]

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Source One of Keller’s critics was author Carol Howard Merritt, who has welcomed the withdrawal of the award. She had written on her blog: “As Princeton Theological Seminary celebrates Tim Keller’s theology, I will be mourning. As he prese... [Uncategorized]

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By Kelly Edmiston, @kellyedmiston Student minister at First Colony Church of Christ. Today I am six months pregnant with my third child. The pain and discomfort of pregnancy at this point is nearly unbearable. My back aches from the toll of carrying a sma... [Uncategorized]

March 28, 10PM

I’ll say what I said Monday again: These beliefs and practices can be examined by psychologists and, while such scholars know the difference between correlation and causation, the recent study of Stephen J. Sandage (Boston U), Peter Jankowski (Beth... [Uncategorized]

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Peter Wehner: These days I find I’m more alert to the grief and sorrow around me than I once was. In part it’s a product of my age, of youth giving way. I’m guessing my situation is not that different from many of yours. Last month I checked in on a... [Uncategorized]

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Would you like to deepen your ability to teach, preach, and write for your church context? Do you have a desire to take your church into the rich perspective of the New Testament? This Fall I am launching our second innovative Master of Arts in New Testa... [Uncategorized]

March 27, 10PM

When our children were teenagers they would sometimes say someone was “annoying.” When we probed for a little details it was often not forthcoming. It was an existentialist response one person to another, a response in which one person and the... [Paul]

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Jeff Guo: In rich countries, death rates are supposed to decline. But in the past decade and a half, middle-aged white Americans have actually been dying faster. Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton first pointed out this disturbing trend in... [Uncategorized]

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The challenges have been heard. Matthew Bates, in Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King, contends that salvation by faith alone is better translated and understood as by allegiance alone. Does this ... [Uncategorized]

March 26, 10PM

These beliefs and practices can be examined by psychologists and, while such scholars know the difference between correlation and causation, the recent study of Stephen J. Sandage (Boston U), Peter J. Jankowski (Bethel U), Sarah A. Crabtree (U Minnesota) ... [Uncategorized]

March 25, 10PM

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now a... [Uncategorized]

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AMERICA, READ THIS BOOK! By David George Moore. Dave’s videos can be found at www.mooreengaging.com and his blog is www.twocities.org. Commentaries on books of the Bible are not created equally. You have to be shrewd in what you consult. Good ones come ... [Uncategorized]

March 24, 10PM

David Gibson, Princeton Theological Seminary and Tim Keller: (RNS) Faced with mounting criticism for its decision to give a major award to the Rev. Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and one of the country’s best-kn... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye I was meditating through John 13-17 recently and a startling question popped into my head. Did Jesus in his humanity ever have an inkling of his pre-incarnate life? We know that at the age of 12 Jesus had some idea of his special mission: “... [Uncategorized]

March 23, 10PM

Never has the church been more obsessed with the meaning of “mission” and, at the same time, so babbled about accomplishing that mission. There is much hand-wringing and flag-waving and panel-discussing about mission but Michael Stroope, profe... [Christianity] [church] [missional]

March 22, 10PM

There is nothing less than a full throated irritation among some today. Some contend Christians are being persecuted, some think that claim is risible and biting into a NothingBurger, some come back with responses of incredulity that anyone cannot see thi... [Uncategorized]

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A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. Think about joining us… we begin July 10-14, 2017. This will be our second iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Minist... [Uncategorized]

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By Kelly Edmiston, @kellyedmiston Student minister at First Colony Church of Christ. I’m just not feelin’ it any longer,” she said to me, from across the table where we sat facing each other in the coffee shop. With our lattes between us, I could se... [Uncategorized]

March 21, 10PM

His contention is that faith means “allegiance.” Why? Because that’s what our gospel requires and because that is what the term “faith” (pistis) means.  The old question, “What is saving faith?” is the question ... [Uncategorized]

March 20, 10PM

It’s a risk to ask if God behaves badly in the pages of the Old Testament, a question asked by David Lamb in his book God Behaving Badly, and it’s the same to ask with Mark Strauss about Jesus Behaving Badly, but there’s less risk to as... [Uncategorized]

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There are good questions — How can a good God permit suffering? There are bad questions — How many angels can fit on a pinhead? There are odd questions but the oddest (and wrong-headediest of all) — Did Jesus preach the gospel? When some... [gospel]

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I contend that as Americans on the Right or on the Left and as Americans of various races and ethnicities separate themselves from the church they develop transcendent expectations of Washington DC, the political process and our elected officials. Transce... [Uncategorized]

March 19, 10PM

What Do Your Kids Know About Communion? By Michelle Van Loon www.michellevanloon.com www.MomentsAndDays.org I taught Sunday School for years. The experience taught me a few things. One essential lesson was to avoid any craft project involving glitter. I f... [Uncategorized]

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Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may as... [Uncategorized]

March 17, 10PM

Thank you, Hilda! Ryan Miller: Vivienne Malone-Mayes. Jane Hinton. Jessie Price. You may have never heard of these black female scientists, but one woman is looking to bring their images back to life. With the help of Twitter, Hilda Bastian (@MissingSci... [Weekly Meanderings]

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The Prayer of St Patrick, usually called St Patrick’s Breastplate, is a prayer for opening the day, and it contains these famous and beautiful lines — though there are various versions of even these lines: Christ with me, Christ before me, Chr... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye Last night was the last session of a nine week class on What is the Gospel? The church where I was pastor for 24 years asked me to teach this class. Since the late 80s and early 90s I have questioned, as a pastor, the wisdom of what Scot McKn... [Uncategorized]

March 16, 10PM

It all depends on how the gospel is framed. Is it about how to go to heaven when you die? About being released from guilt? About liberation from some kind of (spiritual or social) slavery? Let this be said over and over: How we frame the gospel determine... [Uncategorized]

March 15, 10PM

At some point we all face suffering. At some point we all face unjust suffering, the suffering of the innocent, the suffering of pain that takes us to a place where we ask “Why?” So Krish Kandiah, in his new book Paradoxology: Whether we are ... [Uncategorized]

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Sarah Bessey: Conviction often begins with noticing. I began to see how alcohol-centric our culture has become. To see how much of our version of fun revolves around wine or beer or some form of alcohol. To see how unhealthy our dependence is. To see the ... [Uncategorized]

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Dangerous Gospel-The Model Home, by Jonathan Storment For the past few weeks, I have been reviewing Jon Nugent’s great new book Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church. Today I would like to conclude this series with the analogy Nu... [Uncategorized]

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Culture matters and when it comes to an ancient texts it matters even more because that culture is not ours. In her new book, Paul and Gender, Cynthia Westfall investigates culture as a filter we need to rediscover and she then examines what it meant for... [Uncategorized]

March 14, 10PM

By Michael Chung (BS, The Ohio State University; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; PhD University of Nottingham) has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary-Texas, Houston Baptist University, Calvary Theological Seminary-Indonesia, and Houston Chri... [Uncategorized]

March 13, 10PM

Over the years I have been as pleased as annoyed when politicians — from Kennedy (my earliest memory of a president) to Trump (harumph) — quote the Bible or allude to the Bible or make use of the Bible when they are speaking. Daniel Dreisbach,... [Bible] [Christianity] [church] [Church History]

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By Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Concern is mounting among evangelicals that Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm, could lose his job following months of backlash over his critiques of President Trump and religious leaders w... [Uncategorized]

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Jonathan Algier: [SMcK: He does not mention but Andrew McGowan’s book is the best place to begin.] Performance worship is now the norm. I fear this is the case with practically all evangelical megachurches and their emulating congregations, which no... [Uncategorized]

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One can at least draw attention to implications of the gospel preached and the demand preached in our churches, not the least of which would be 50% church attendance, common attendance being sitting in a pew and leaving as soon as “church” is ... [Uncategorized]

March 12, 10PM

What True Influence Looks Like By Michelle Van Loon www.MomentsAndDays.org www.MichelleVanLoon.com The Jewish feast of Purim took place this year from sundown Saturday, March 11th through sundown of the 12th. It is for me an opportunity each year to revis... [Uncategorized]

March 11, 11PM

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who w... [Christianity] [Prayer and Formation] [Uncategorized]

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Anthony Izaguirre: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no ... [Uncategorized]
From JKA Smith at WaPo: And in his much-anticipated book, “The Benedict Option,” blogger Rod Dreher has seen the apocalypse: “There are people alive today who may live to see the effective death of Christianity within our civilization. By God’s me... [Uncategorized]

March 10, 11PM

Every week, for more than a decade, I've clipped bits and bobs from blogs, social media and news. Here we go again! [Christianity] [Weekly Meanderings]

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By pastor, theologian, professor and author, Allan Bevere: The Shack: Theological Precision and Narrative Imagination [SMcK: if you want to read a truly great book about early Christian orthodoxy, it’s by Lewis Ayres: Nicaea and its Legacy.] Anyone... [Uncategorized]

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Burn It or Find God in It? (by John Frye) SMcK: John’s review is not so much a review of Paul Young’s theology, which waffles in more than one place. In fact, a number of solid theologians — including Roger Olson and John Mark Hicks ... [Uncategorized]

March 9, 11AM

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. Think about joining us… we begin July 10-14, 2017. This will be our second iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Minist... [Uncategorized]

March 8, 11PM

Pastors often suffer when folks leave their church. Departures sometimes fracture friendships and the churches. This pastor reflects on church departures. [Uncategorized]

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Dangerous Gospel: Hating Your Family, by Jonathan Storment Of all the disturbing things that Jesus says, the top of the list for most Western people has got to be, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers a... [Uncategorized]

March 7, 11PM

From Arise, by Rachel Elizabeth Asproth: Rachel Elizabeth Asproth graduated from Bethel University with a BA in English literature and reconciliation studies in 2015. She is currently the editor of the CBE Scroll and Arise. Her chief passions are readi... [Uncategorized]

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This proves too many in the SBC are too aligned with President Trump and the Republicans. Russell Moore is hardly a firebrand for progressive stances. The man is at best a moderate and far more conservative than anything else. Dwight McKissic: The Preston... [Uncategorized]

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From the forthcoming Dictionary of Christianity and Science, edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss. CONCORDISM. Concordism refers to the position that the teaching of the Bible on the natural world, prope... [Uncategorized]

March 6, 11PM

Touch Not God’s Anointed? By Michelle Van Loon www.michellevanloon.com www.MomentsAndDays.org Those who’ve attended a spiritually-abusive church have more than likely heard some version of a warning drawn from the pages of Scripture about not challeng... [Uncategorized]

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Halee Gray Scott: One trend the Barna Group noted is the slow and steady rise of female pastors. One of every 11 Protestant pastors is a woman—triple as many as 25 years ago—yet women often lead smaller congregations than men. Though most pastors, reg... [Uncategorized]

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We believe in salvation by faith alone. But what does "faith" mean? Matthew Bates throws down the gauntlet and says the term, bibilcally defined, means "allegiance." [Christianity] [gospel] [grace] [justification]

March 5, 11PM

Jesus never says a direct word about what we call sexual abuse but his teachings speak volumes. Becky points us to the big themes. [Uncategorized]

March 4, 11PM

We learn to pray by praying, by reading the prayers in the Bible, and by praying the collects. [Prayer and Formation]

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Jason Micheli is the author of Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage Serious Chemo. He’s a United Methodist in Alexandria, Va and blogs at www.tamedcynic.org       A reply to Jeffrey Weiss’ editorial in USA Today about planning his ‘no thanks... [Uncategorized]

March 3, 11PM

Good read of the week, by Tim Carman, with HT: LNMM: In the military-style hierarchy of U.S. restaurant kitchens, a dishwasher ranks near the bottom, even if chefs, given half a chance, will loudly sing a good pot-scrubber’s praises. (These hard-working... [Uncategorized]

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The ruins of Qumran’s famous cave 4. Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]

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Very well done by Krish Kandiah, who reflects on five lessons from Keller’s ministry: 1. Transition is difficult so plan for it This deliberate transition is a bold move. Keller is still one of the most well known and well loved preachers in the wor... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye In this corner: hermeneutics, and in this corner: lectio divina. A recent discussion with colleagues about dialoguing with seminarians regarding the personal disciplines of Christian formation prompted this comment, “Some of the students ar... [Uncategorized]

March 2, 11PM

HOW NOT TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR CHURCH… By Deacon Godsey Pastor, Vintage Church (NOTE: If you’re in a spiritually abusive situation, feel free to disregard the following…these thoughts assume the existence of a fairly normal, run-of-the-mill local chu... [Uncategorized]

March 1, 11PM

This is the first in a series this month on the new, provocative but powerful book by Matthew Bates. Next week we begin a series on the book. Salvation by Grace through Faith… But What Is Faith? (A review by Chad Thornhill) By Chad Thornhill is the Chai... [Uncategorized]

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The synagogue of Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene and most likely a synagogue Jesus visited. Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]
Jason Micheli is a United Methodist pastor in DC and popular blogger at www.tamedcynic.org.  [For SMcKnight’s take on fasting, see Fasting.] This week we observe Ash Wednesday, the day when Christians defy every lie sold to us by Madison Avenue, t... [Uncategorized]

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Ash Wednesday: here is the order for Ash Wednesday from The Book of Common Prayer. It is a time for confession of sin as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday and Easter, the days on which God removed sin and into which we live as we participate in Lent. I... [Uncategorized]

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It is Ash Wednesday, a day when all over the world Christians are participating in what must seem from the outside looking in, one of the most morbid rituals around. Today is the day when Christians will approach someone who will smear ashes on their fore... [Uncategorized]

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By Deacon Godsey, Northern Student in the MA in NT Context cohort WHAT A PASTOR GOES THROUGH WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE THEIR CHURCH… Deacon Godsey Pastor, Vintage Church Over the last 6+ years of serving as a Lead Pastor in a local church I like to think I’ve... [Uncategorized]

February 28, 11PM

A kind reader has recently read my Kingdom Conspiracy, observed that he had seen a view along my line in none other than I.H. Marshall, and sent it to me to read. Here it is — Howard and I both teach that the kingdom is a people, and that people is... [Christianity] [Kingdom of God]

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Jerusalem, the west side of the temple: Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]
Kathryn Applegate, on Hidden Figures: Fifty-five years ago Katherine Johnson helped put a man in space. Why are we still struggling with this stereotype now? I don’t know. It’s a complicated issue and there are no magic bullets. I do know, however, t... [Uncategorized]

February 27, 11PM

Review: The New Christian Zionism By Michelle Van Loon mishvl@yahoo.com http://MomentsAndDays.org For decades, it seemed that there were only two basic options in the Church when it came to discussions of Israel. The first, dispensationalism, objectifies ... [Uncategorized]

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A view from Masada at the top down on a Roman encampment: Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]

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A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. Think about joining us… we begin July 10-14, 2017. This will be our second iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Minist... [Uncategorized]

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I was very impressed with the deadly serious honesty in Wade Hodges’ e-book, Before You Go: A Few Sneaky-Good Questions Every Minister Must Answer Before Moving to a New Church, about pastors leaving churches and what they need to think about. So I ... [Uncategorized]

February 26, 11PM

From The Hum of Angels Try this in a Bible study; you might be surprised how many of us have had angel experiences. Here’s a list of some angel appearances that remind us that God is present with us even when we do not know. I want to put my conviction... [angels]

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A few have asked me for some suggestions for Lenten reason, Lenten preparation, and Lenten formation. From BCP: I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, a... [Uncategorized]

February 25, 11PM

O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to ... [Uncategorized]

February 24, 11PM

Sheesh, it’s getting to the end of February and it has been feeling like Spring around Chicagoland.  I’ll take it. On Monday I will be announcing our next DMin cohort beginning July 2017. Come back Monday! Adam and the Genome. Good idea, wors... [Uncategorized]

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Marc the Travel Agent, by John Frye Marc, the part-time travel agent, sparked enthusiasm in people and closed sales on travel packages to countries he had never visited. His customers bought into his descriptions of the foreign cities and countrysides, th... [Uncategorized]

February 23, 11PM

By Deacon Godsey, a student in my MANT cohort at Northern Seminary. THE CHALLENGE OF PASTORING WITH DEPRESSION Deacon Godsey Pastor, Vintage Church I am 42 years old and have served in some form of full-time ministry for the better part of 20 years, inclu... [Uncategorized]

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At Caesarea Philippi President Shiell teaching about Jesus challenging Caesar in the midst of empire. Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]

February 22, 11PM

More sermons need more stories about women. The one who controls the story controls the glory, and that includes both which women we draw attention to in the Bible — Huldah, Esther, Miriam, Deborah, Mary, Junia, Priscilla, and more — and the o... [Uncategorized]

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Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane, East Jerusalem Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]

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The Gift Imagine you could fix the world. All of it. The Refugee crisis, the Nuclear arms race, racial tensions, global poverty, and epidemic loneliness. Imagine that you could fix all of that with the snap of your fingers. Would you? Obviously, anyone wi... [Uncategorized]

February 21, 11PM

Apologetics in a postmodern world is looking less for historical proof, scientific demonstration, and systematic omniscience. Rather, it is looking for honest, open, and genuine probings that have less certitude while holding firm to belief in a good God ... [Uncategorized]

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The NT vision is for a “fellowship of differents.” Here it is: Transformation Church. [Uncategorized]

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The Sea of Galilee Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]

February 20, 11PM

By Dennis Edwards, used from Missio Alliance with permission. Image Dennis hails from New York City, by way of Washington, DC. He’s a learner and a teacher, a husband and a father, a pastor and servant. His BS degree is from Cornell (chemical engine... [Uncategorized]

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This was one of my all-time teaching highlights, getting to teach a parable of Jesus in the synagogue of Capernaum. (Historian’s alert: this floor is built on top of the 1st Century synagogue. But close enough.) Picture by Erick Hodge: SirHodge [Uncategorized]

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I was unaware that Tiger Woods had a stutter, but read this about him and Bill Walton the other day: Top-ranked golfer Tiger Woods tells CBS’s 60 Minutes that it takes hard work and a competitive spirit to overcome childhood stuttering. “The w... [Uncategorized]

February 19, 11PM

A biblical word for the Lord’s supper is eucharist, which means “thanksgiving” (1 Corinthians 11:24). Other words are used in the Christian tradition: (the ordinance of the) Lord’s supper, communion, the table, the holy sacrament, ... [Uncategorized]

February 18, 11PM

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before ... [Uncategorized]

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EARLY CHRISTIANITY: A BOOK WORTH READING! Larry Hurtado is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Hurtado is the author of several well-respected works including the seminal Lord Je... [Uncategorized]

February 17, 11PM

The questions need to be ours, especially as we approach a day of rest: Horribly destructive habits [about busy-ness] start early, really early. How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do this to our children? When di... [Uncategorized]

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A likely stop for Jesus on his way from Capernaum to Jericho: Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]

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Do you believe in angels? Based on my new book, The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us. Most of us believe in angels, but “most of us” needs to be emphasized. In one of the most highly respected surveys of what Ameri... [Uncategorized]

February 16, 11PM

Our Northern Seminary cohort was treated to this sermon by Amanda Hecht in the private garden next to the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem last week. [For those interested in reading on Peter, here’s my #1 recommendation: Larry Hurtado, Peter in E... [Uncategorized]

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In the last few years a number of churches, from a variety of denominations, have used our 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed for Lent. So let me encourage you, if you are looking for ideas, to consider using Lent as a time to reflect on and pray about and p... [Uncategorized]

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In the theater of Caesarea Maritima Picture by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]

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February 15, 11PM

By Michelle Van Loon mishvl@yahoo.com and http://MomentsAndDays.org Is instruction in order to prepare for baptism a requirement in your church? If so, who is the focus on that process? If I’d been required to take a series of prep classes or undergo a... [Uncategorized]

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Tom Goodwin: Living in New York and working in advertising I rarely see people over the age of fifty. My elders seem to be a secret population — a growing, sizable, increasingly healthy and wealthy group — that I’m never exposed to, let ... [Uncategorized]

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For the next few weeks, I would like to do a series over one of the best books I read last year. It is an odd series to do because it is about a book that I first heard about on here, through Scot reviewing it. But I wanted to write about this book, be... [Uncategorized]

February 14, 11PM

Not long ago I posted on the loss of the evangelical soul, a post in part stimulated by the tone of conversations I am witnessing on FB. Everybody’s a prophet these days and thinks so because, so they think, they are speaking truth to power. They... [evangelicalism] [Bible] [evangelical] [protestant] [quadrilateral] [Reformation]

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NPR by AP: Add 100 consecutive wins to the UConn Huskies’ long list of milestones. Given the team’s glitzier numbers linked to national championships, 11 titles and counting, it may seem ho-hum with no added significance. Geno Auriemma’s... [Uncategorized]

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Steven McAlpine: At one stage [Imago Dei, the image of God] was the byword (words?) among missional groups and in every funky church planting book. The future of ministry was Imago Dei. We were all going to do mission that honoured the reality that all... [Uncategorized]

February 13, 11PM

Apologetics in a postmodern world is looking less for historical proof, scientific demonstration, and systematic omniscience. Rather, it is looking for honest, open, and genuine probings that have less certitude while holding firm to belief in a good God ... [Apologetics]

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From Internet Monk, where a series starts on Adam and the Genome, but this is a short clip from a good beginning sketch of the book: Did I mention that this is an important book?  The foreword is by Tremper Longman.  He serves as a Robert H. Gundry Pro... [Uncategorized] [evangelical newsletter]

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From Matthew Milliner: Golf was a symbol of Graham’s amity with America. Indeed, Wacker claims that hundreds of photos of Graham enjoying high-profile, high-green-fee golfing events circulated in major magazines. But then, reports Wacker, something chan... [Uncategorized]

February 12, 11PM

So says  Kenneth Woodward in his new book, Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama. Beginning with the occasionally-cited quip by Martin Marty — evangelicalism is “the religion you get wh... [Uncategorized]

February 11, 11PM

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who w... [Uncategorized]

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Jonathan Zimmermann: American higher education has to deal much with bad news, as any quick scan of the country’s front pages will confirm: skyrocketing costs, runaway debt, sexual violence, and sluggish students more interested in partying than learnin... [Uncategorized]

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Katie Rose Quandt: On Wednesday, Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman in 78 years to be awarded the prestigious Fields Medal, considered the highest honor in mathematics. She was selected for “stunning advances in the theory of Riemann surfaces ... [Uncategorized]

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Julia Zauzmer: [HT: LNMM]  Who has some stories to tell us? — and please speak up. What are you seeing in your community when it comes to intentional racial reconciliation? JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The topic of the public lecture at the seminary was... [Uncategorized]

February 10, 9AM

Emma Gray: Over the summer, the gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast faced vicious online attacks about her hair, her facial expressions and the fact that she did not place her hand on her heart during one medal ceremony. She spoke candidly on Tuesday afte... [Uncategorized]

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Chris Gehrz has an exceptional post on Swedist Baptists and pacifism, and there is much more at the blog link [HT: JS] During World War II, nearly 12,000 Americans registered as conscientious objectors and joined the Civilian Public Service (CPS). Unwill... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye: Tom Wright, in his popular book Simply Good News: Why the Gospel is News and What Makes it Good, writes, “…[T]he God who masterminds both creation and covenant is a God of love—utter, self-giving, merciful, reconciling, healing, restor... [Uncategorized]

February 9, 11PM

By Michelle Van Loon www.MomentsAndDays.org and www.MichelleVanLoon.com Hear O Israel, the Lord our God. The Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this:... [Uncategorized]

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kgalgano Everyone loves tiny houses these days, and everyone hates that there are so many homeless people in our country who have served to defend it in the military. Now, a group in Missouri is taking this love/hate dynamic and putting together an incred... [Uncategorized]

February 8, 11PM

In Kenneth Woodward’s fantastic new book, Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama, we are treated to an accessible, insightful, and critical examination of Christianity in the 1960s, which Woodw... [Uncategorized]

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This is my coffee roaster. I was first given some of the coffee by Gene Green at Wheaton and then I began to buy it monthly. Thank you Leonard. I Have a Bean [Uncategorized]

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By Sean Palmer Sean Palmer is the lead Pastor at the Vine Church in Temple Texas. You can follow him @SeanPalmer I wonder how many of us shouldn’t take communion this Sunday?  At my church, just like many others, to share communion is also to share in ... [Uncategorized]

February 7, 11PM

By Northern Seminary student, Nate Ray, a Minnesota, a sensitive and solid pastor, and also a splendid student in our classes. I like the tone of Nate Ray in this letter. Dear Mr. Graham, I’ve recently read some of your comments on the role of governmen... [Uncategorized]

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Kathryn Vasel: The average cost of a wedding climbed to a record high of $35,329 last year, according to The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings study. That’s up 8% from the 2015 average. Meanwhile, the number of guests has dropped. “Couples are s... [Uncategorized]

February 6, 11PM

In one of the best reads of the last few months, Kenneth Woodward, Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama, opens with some insights into what he calls “embedded religion.” Many of the you... [Uncategorized]

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Matthew H. Russell, HT: JS If Dietrich Bonhoeffer is correct and “Christ exists as community,” then the process of belonging to the community is indissolvably bound to the process of coming to believe that Jesus is Lord. At Mercy Street, this movement... [Uncategorized]

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The collects of the church reveal the church’s practices and beliefs about prayer; a collect is a set prayer for a set time in the church calendar. In them we see the church’s theology of prayer come to expression. I posted about the collects... [Anglican] [BCP Prayers] [Christianity] [Uncategorized]

February 5, 11PM

From Arise, used with permission. By Maureen Farrell Garcia On January 26, 2017 Abuse Some Christians see logic as the only trustworthy and effective way to communicate and receive knowledge. Unfortunately, there is not enough space in one post to systema... [Uncategorized]

February 4, 11PM

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son... [Uncategorized]

February 3, 11PM

One, but only one, of the African Americans I enjoy celebrating this month (African American History month) is Chicago’s Ernie Banks: Ernie Banks passed away late Friday. He, however, will live forever in the memories of baseball players, officials ... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye In my past spiritual formation and in my current neck of the woods, the gospel was and is reduced to “Jesus died for your sins, simply receive him, and you’ll be forgiven and go to heaven when you die.” All these things are true, but no... [Christianity] [Church History] [Uncategorized]

February 2, 11PM

By Ben Davis A review essay of Bruce Reichenbach, Divine Providence Too often, when a discussion of God’s providence is brought to the table, it is framed in such a way that only trained philosophers or theologians can fully understand it. Thus large, a... [Uncategorized]

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With William Shiell, President of Northern Seminary [Uncategorized]

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From Dennis Venema, Scot McKnight, Adam and the Genome Before I get to clips from the book, I want to suggest that the best place to begin when it comes to the so-called “historical” Adam issue is not with the word “historical” b... [Christianity] [Uncategorized]

February 1, 11PM

From Arise, used with permission By Maureen Farrell Garcia On January 25, 2017 Abuse If you haven’t yet read Ruth Tucker’s book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife, you should. Full disclosure: I have been reading her work for a few decades. ... [Uncategorized]

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Ed Yong: “There are lots of people at the place where I work, but there is one person who is really special. This person is really, really smart,” said Lin Bian. “This person figures out how to do things quickly and comes up with answers much faster... [Uncategorized]

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From CT: American pastors aren’t as young as they used to be. As clergy live longer and stay in ministry longer, the average age of Protestant senior pastors has risen to 54—a decade older than 25 years before, when the average age was 44. Now, just 1... [Uncategorized]

January 31, 11PM

Both conservative evangelicals and progressive evangelicals lost their soul in the last two years. For two years Christians have ramped up their verbal engagement in a presidential election, and it seems to me that European evangelicals have engaged the s... [Uncategorized]

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Archbishop Beach issues a call to prayer for our neighbors and our nations. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As a province that spans Canada, the United States, and Mexico we face unique challenges on issues affecting refugees and immigration. I am th... [Uncategorized]

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Doubting Your Doubts So last week I wrote a post responding to the New York Times article from December where the columnist Nicholas Kristof interviewed Pastor Tim Keller about Christianity. The article was great, and I appreciated both Keller’s answers... [Uncategorized]

January 30, 9AM

Kim Norvell: JOHNSTON, Iowa — An anonymous donor has paid off lunch debts for 148 Johnston elementary school students whose accounts were in the red by $10 or more. The donation, totaling $13,250, was made Jan. 9. It benefited students in kindergar... [Uncategorized]

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Dear President Trump and Vice President Pence, As evangelical Christians, we are guided by the Bible to be particularly concerned for the plight of refugees, individuals who have been forced to flee their countries because of the threat of persecution. Ev... [Uncategorized]

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No question about it, but in many churches there is not a designated time for the people to pray. Some churches are just too big for that, and even too big for a pastoral prayer. Others are so focused on the sermon that there is not time left for what we ... [Uncategorized]

January 29, 11PM

Adam and the Genome Books are officially available tomorrow. Clips from the first chapter in the second half of the book. Principle 1: A text out of context is a pretext. Every statement about Adam and Eve in the Old Testament, in Jewish literature, and i... [Uncategorized]

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The Parable of the Good Deplorable, by Jason Micheli In front of a crowd of 70 (Or 140, who’s to say how big the crowd really was?) this lawyer tries to trap Jesus by turning the scriptures against him: “Who is my neighbor?” he presses.      It... [Uncategorized]

January 28, 11PM

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one G... [Uncategorized]

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Nation states have chosen and encoded in law their boundaries and what it takes to get in and out of those boundaries. I don’t get to walk into Canada without going through an officer’s inspection, and Canadians don’t get to enter the US... [Uncategorized]

January 27, 11PM

This is inexcusable and un-American: A massive group of violent demonstrators spat on, assaulted and screamed obscenities at a Gold Star widow and sister Friday outside an inaugural ball honoring the military, one of the women told “Fox & Friends”... [Uncategorized]

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Please listen to this to hear Dennis Venema’s story about changing toward evolution. [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye For the observant reader of the Bible, it comes as a shock to read the Gospel of John with it use of the word “love” some 39 times. John: the gospel of love. The shock sets in as the reader continues on into the Book of Acts. How many tim... [Uncategorized]

January 26, 11PM

Years ago, when my research was on the Synoptic Gospels, I composed a list of how the Evangelists “edited” their sources. Using the standard theory of their relationships (Mark first, then used by both Matthew and Luke, both of whom also used ... [Uncategorized]

January 25, 11PM

By Michelle Van Loon at www.MomentsAndDays.org and www.MichelleVanLoon.com I’ve been blogging for more than a decade, and I’ve written often about spiritual abuse by church leaders – sharing both my own experience and referencing the struggles of... [Uncategorized]

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The Myth of Inclusion, Part 1 Maybe you saw over the holidays, there was a fascinating conversation in the New York Times between the Journalist Nicholas Kristof and the well known Pastor, Tim Keller.  The name of the article interestingly enough was “... [Uncategorized]

January 24, 11PM

Becky Castle Miller is the Discipleship Director at an international church in the Netherlands and writes about emotionally healthy discipleship at medium.com/wholehearted. She conveys her five kids around town on bikes and studies New Testament in the mi... [Uncategorized]

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Dennis Prager: There are those on both the left and the right who call for American “unity.” But these calls are either naïve or disingenuous. Unity was possible between the Right and liberals, but not between the Right and the Left. Liberalism – w... [Uncategorized]

January 23, 11PM

Many of us were introduced to the Christ and Culture issue by reading H. Richard Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture and it has stood the test of time as it is now still routinely purchased and read in its sixth decade. In his influentialism approach to C... [Uncategorized]

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I am doing a series on the blog about why I became Anglican, and thefirst week I looked at the church calendar and last week at worship, and this week I want to dip into “worship,” by which I mean Sunday morning worship service. (I do not equa... [Uncategorized]

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By Northern Seminary student, Ben Davis. Ben begins his post about this book by talking about our connection, how he experienced typical recruitment by Northern professors (I have stories about other professors like this), and how that has altered the lan... [Uncategorized]

January 21, 11PM

This is the Third Sunday after the Epiphany Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; ... [Uncategorized]

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What are the most important questions about heaven you have faced? Here are the top ten questions about heaven that I discuss in my book, The Heaven Promise. The paperback edition has a small group study guide that Tara Beth Leach developed. From a theol... [Uncategorized]

January 20, 11PM

Good start to the weekend with David Gorn, and food as medicine: Nadeau is part of a small revolution brewing across California. The food-as-medicine movement has been around for decades, but it’s making inroads as physicians and medical institution... [Uncategorized]

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From USA Today: A 2015 study by Microsoft revealed that the average person’s attention span in this wild world of technology and social media is down to eight seconds — which is less than that of a goldfish. If you’re an NBA fan and youR... [Uncategorized]
Ilana E. Strauss: What do you think of these ideas about co-housing? Instead of limiting their households to children, parents, and grandparents, plenty of people are going a step further, making homes with friends and even strangers. Cohousing, in which ... [Uncategorized]
I wrote this prayer for President Obama, and I adjust it for President Trump. I am committed to praying for this our new President and for our country. I hope you will too. As Peter said during the time of Nero — “Show proper respect to everyo... [Uncategorized]

January 19, 11PM

By John Frye Beyond the Tiny Gospel What if I said to you that the story of the movie The Sound of Music was about guitars? Would you disagree? What if I said the story of the movie Ben Hur is about chariot wheels? What if I said the story about the movie... [Uncategorized]

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Kevin B. Blackistone: They wanted recognition of their right to unionize, which they had done. They wanted their labor commensurately compensated rather than leaving them at or below the poverty line. They wanted what compensation they did receive protect... [Uncategorized]

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From Richard Marosi: Mexican drug cartels have burrowed dozens of tunnels in the last decade, outfitted them with rail and cart systems to whisk drugs under the U.S. border and, after being discovered by authorities, abandoned them. But some of the illici... [Uncategorized]

January 18, 11PM

The numbers are not good. Church attendance is declining; congregations are aging. Lots of folks are discouraged. The media doesn’t mind telling the world the church is dwindling. Critics of the church abound. Secularization takes on cosmic powers. ... [Uncategorized]

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Michael Brown: There is shocking news this week from Germany. Three Palestinian Muslims who torched a synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany have been given suspended sentences because their actions allegedly represented a justified criticism of Israel. A region... [Uncategorized]

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By Bob Allen, at Baptist News A decade-old emphasis encouraging moderate Baptist churches to invite a woman to preach one Sunday in February has contributed to a shift in how people in the pew think about women in ministry, a longtime advocate for pulpit ... [Uncategorized]

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Sean Palmer is the lead Pastor at the Vine Church in Temple Texas. You can follow him @SeanPalmer I agree with those who feel that America is headed for uncertain times in our near future. According to a new Quinnipiac University Poll released last Tuesda... [Uncategorized]

January 17, 11PM

Cynthia Westfall, in her new book Paul and Gender, knows the traditional interpretation and contends it must be re-examined. Hers is not a book shaped by a new method or hermeneutic but instead by a historical and contextual and coherency method, and her... [Uncategorized]

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This week we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his hard words to clergy who would rather “Wait” and his hopeful dream of a great, united America.  This week we also we also inaugurate the next president of the Un... [Uncategorized]

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I am doing a series on the blog about why I became Anglican, and last week I looked at the church calendar, and this week I want to dip into “worship,” by which I mean Sunday morning worship service. (I do not equate worship with Sunday mornin... [Uncategorized]

January 16, 11PM

By Michelle Van Loon www.MomentsAndDays.org www.MichelleVanLoon.com As we face a transition in leadership this week in this country unlike any we’ve experienced before, I am praying we in the Church may find that this moment brings us healing, clarity a... [Uncategorized]

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Here’s the text of Martin Luther King’s famous speech/sermon/address in Washington DC. I remember watching it as a kid on TV. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the hi... [Uncategorized]

January 15, 11PM

Martin Luther King. Jr. Letter From Birmingham Jail April 16, 1963 MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I ... [Uncategorized]

January 14, 11PM

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the ... [Christianity]

January 13, 11PM

I was wondering the other day if we ought not to think of election results the way we think of seasonal changes. Up here in Chicago we get Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. For some we are in Winter this presidential election while for others we are in Spr... [Uncategorized]

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Philip Yancey: Some historians trace evangelicals’ involvement in politics back to Koop and his mentor Francis Schaeffer, who together toured the nation urging evangelicals to become active in abortion and end-of-life issues.  I once asked Schaeffer wh... [Uncategorized]

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I imagine most Jesus Creed readers have attended a major motion picture filmed in 3D. With those amazing 3D glasses you sense that you are not merely seeing a film, you are living in it. I remember my first 3D film when I was eight years old (1955). With ... [Uncategorized]

January 12, 11PM

JAK Smith’s ‘You are What You Love’ (Part 3): A Closer Look At The Ecclesiology Behind ‘You Are What You Love’ In You Are What You Love, James K. A. Smith deconstructs the realities of the way humans are formed, the nature of love and desire and... [Uncategorized]

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January 11, 11PM

D. G. (Darryl G.) Hart, in spite of donning a bow tie, is an exceptional scholar, thinker, and writer. His latest is about one of my favorite writers and appears in the most unlikely of locations: in the Library of Religious Biography. It is unlikely beca... [Uncategorized]

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 “Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling and it still remains my greatest commitment.” —Martin Luther King Jr. On the Thursday morning that Dr. King was assassinated he also was attacked by ... [Uncategorized]

January 10, 11PM

By David Fitch JAK Smith’s ‘You are What You Love’ (Part 2): How Worship Shapes You to Love and Live Differently In the previous post, I described Jamie Smith’s sketch of the human self as a homo liturgicus in his book You Are What You Love. Human... [Uncategorized]

January 9, 11PM

By Michelle Van Loon,  www.MomentsAndDays.org and www.MichelleVanLoon.com Last week in this space, I wrote about a flawed Proverbs 31-focused approach one congregation took when they decided to rethink their ministry to women. Even as I raised concerns... [Uncategorized]

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By David Fitch, professor at Northern Seminary JAK Smith’s ‘You are What You Love’ (Part 1): Challenging the Everyday Assumptions About Desire James K. A. Smith published a fabulous book earlier this year titled You Are What You Love. It is fabulous... [Uncategorized]

January 8, 11PM

I begin a series that will seek to shed some light on why I am Anglican. Image used with permission. More than twice a month I am asked “Why did you become Anglican?” The answer to the question is complex, and I want to answer that question in... [Uncategorized]

January 7, 11PM

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and... [Uncategorized]

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YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW JOHN By David George Moore Dave’s videos can be found at www.mooreengaging and his blog is www.twocities.org. Jane Dawson’s new biography of John Knox is being hailed as the definitive treatment we now have. Diarmaid MacCulloch says... [Uncategorized]

January 6, 11PM

Our first Weekly Meanderings of 2017 begins with a good, old-fashioned breath check. (NEWSER) – What if detecting cancer was as easy as breathing in and out? According to a study published last week in American Chemical Society Nano, it pretty much is... [Uncategorized]

January 5, 11PM

Ray Ortlund, a former colleague of mine at TEDS and one with whom I shared many commutes to school, recently put on no less a site than Instagram a comment about Bible reading and translations, and I wish to agree and disagree. Here is the image and his I... [Uncategorized]

January 4, 11PM

John Piper recently was asked about single women missionaries. Two-thirds of active missionaries are married couples. Another third are single women. The rest are single men. Well, if that went by too fast, two thirds plus one third don’t leave any room... [Uncategorized]

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What about you? Do you use a checkbook? By Lauren Zumbach: Despite the ease of paying with a tap on a smartphone or swipe of a credit card, Americans don’t appear ready to ditch their checkbooks just yet. For the first time since Americans began aba... [Uncategorized]

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One of the things that I love about my job is that my Church gives me time to study and prepare. It is a real blessing that I try to not take for granted. Not everyone gets paid to go off every year to pray and study, and I believe God gives me that time ... [Uncategorized]

January 3, 11PM

I wade into some murky political waters here because some things need to be said. Progressives, who are not afraid to use the argument about the “right side of history” found themselves on the wrong side in this election but this time they are... [Uncategorized]

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By Kristin Du Mez, and I clip just a bit of her very fine blog post: After reading Stark’s account of the rise of Christianity, I was struck by the contrast between the sacrificial behavior evidenced by early Christians, and the reputation of many Ame... [Uncategorized]

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In 2017, the “Terrible Loyalty” I Owe You (and You Owe Me), by Leslie Leyland Fields “We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.”   —G.K. Chesterton On Christmas Eve, the north wind tried to bre... [Uncategorized]

January 2, 11PM

Recently Tim Keller was interviewed by Nicholas Kristof about Christian orthodoxy and Christmas. The oh-so-vigilant-and-sensitive crowd immediately set off a chorus of “yougottabekiddin’me” posts and ballyhoo articles, some of which came... [Uncategorized]

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HT: JS Howard Snyder has an independent mind and is not afraid to stand atop a political soapbox and shout out to the crowds to give him an ear. So here he is: Words like populist and elites are media shorthand that obscure rather than clarify. Each gener... [Uncategorized]

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By Michelle Van Loon at www.MomentsAndDays.org and www.MichelleVanLoon.com The new women’s ministry director invited all adult women to a brainstorming meeting. “We want to help you become the women God is calling you to be,” she explained as she... [Uncategorized]

January 1, 11PM

From Arise By Emily Louise Zimbrick-Rogers The recent election has prompted significant reflection for many evangelicals, including notable contributions from Christianity Today managing editor Katelyn Beaty[1], Fuller president Mark Labberton and Fuller ... [Women and Ministry]

December 31, 11PM

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,... [Uncategorized]

December 30, 4AM

Matthew 2: How Old was Jesus? I was asked this question by one of my daughters this year about Christmas events, “Was Jesus visited by the Magi at his birth or at a later time?” Despite all the Christmas cards showing shepherds, sheep and cows, Mary, ... [Uncategorized]

December 26, 11PM

Very interesting to look back over the blog this year to see which posts had the most page views, some of which, I’m glad to say, take on some controversial topic and generate discussion, debate, and conversation, which is the drive of this blog. 1.... [Uncategorized]

December 25, 11PM

The post Is there a Future for Evangelicalism? appeared first on Jesus Creed. [Uncategorized]
One of the themes in John Nugent’s excellent book The Endangered Gospel is that the church is not called to make the world the better place but to be the better place now. Does such a view promote quietism, passivism (socially) and does it mean so... [Uncategorized]

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Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; th... [Uncategorized]

December 24, 11PM

First we light the candle for HOPE because Jesus is our hope. Second, we light the candle for PEACE because Jesus is our hope and peace. Third, we light the candle for JOY because Jesus brings joy. Fourth, we light the candle for LOVE because Jesus is lov... [Uncategorized]

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Paraclete Press, ever faithful and ever green when it comes to remembering its authors, gift wraps some Christmas goodies from their bakery every year. This year we got some granola, some Apple Pie jam, and a wonderful loaf of bread. Thanks Paraclete. Mer... [Uncategorized]

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By Jonathan Storment I grew up not really celebrating Christmas. I loved the Church I grew up in, but truth be told, we did more than just not celebrate Christmas, we attacked it! One Sunday, the preacher at the church told my visiting 9 year old niec... [Uncategorized]

December 23, 11PM

Go Cubs! Story of the year! After the Cubs won their first National League pennant since the year World War II ended, Lukas McKnight found himself on the Murphy’s Bleachers rooftop, part of a small group watching Eddie Vedder play piano and sing Pink Fl... [Uncategorized]

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From Relevant: The Philadelphia Eagles NFL team has managed to do something not many other professional teams are doing: Many players are have forged a bond through their spirituality. Religious players are pretty common in the league, but for many of the... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye Dear Apostle Paul, Did you goof up in your recounting the essence of the gospel to the Corinthian believers? In 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 you state your aim to remind those believers what the gospel is, the gospel you had yourself “received” a... [Uncategorized]

December 22, 11PM

We turn now to the fourth position in the new book Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church, edited by Preston Sprinkle. First we looked at William Loader’s rigorous reading of texts about same-sex relations in the Bible in their Jewish context ... [Uncategorized]

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By Rod Dreher: You may have seen by now the Wall Street Journal story talking about how in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, a number of pastors and others in the Southern Baptist Convention are coming out hard against Russell Moore, the leader of the... [Uncategorized]

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There’s Something about Joseph, by Jason Micheli Matthew 1.18-25      The sermon begins without explanation, with random volunteers from the audience performing updated parts of the ritual for the bitter waters: First, barley is measured out of its p... [Uncategorized]

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When the World Cries, New Born I sit in the dark beside the bedroom window.  The ocean hurls and roars its foamy rage at the cliff my house sits on. Rain and sleet shoot the glass. Welcome, new day. It is a December day like most December days in Kodiak... [Uncategorized]

December 21, 11PM

One of the themes in John Nugent’s excellent book The Endangered Gospel is that the church is not called to make the world the better place but to be the better place now. Does such a view promote quietism, passivism (socially) and does it mean so... [Uncategorized]

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So I’m guessing that bringing up the word Crusades is probably not the best image for most Western people when we think of Christmas. After all, the Crusades were part of a pretty dark time in Christian history, heck, it was a dark time in history.... [Uncategorized]

December 20, 11PM

In addition to William Loader’s rigorous reading of texts about same-sex relations in the Bible in their Jewish context — and he does so in a strong, traditional manner (though he doesn’t think that teaching is normative) — and Meg... [Uncategorized]

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Genomic science indicates that humans descend not from an individual pair but from a large population. What does this mean for the basic claim of many Christians: that humans descend from Adam and Eve? Leading evangelical geneticist Dennis Venema and popu... [Uncategorized]
I only clip my top three favorites of the Babylon Bee’s Books of the Year: 9.) ? — Rob Bell: “I was thinking about what I wanted my new book to convey,” Bell said thoughtfully in a short YouTube video designed to promote the May release of New... [Uncategorized]

December 19, 11PM

One of the themes in John Nugent’s excellent book The Endangered Gospel is that the church is not called to make the world the better place but to be the better place now. Does such a view promote quietism, passivism (socially) and does it mean so... [Uncategorized]

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Becky is the Discipleship Director at an international church in the Netherlands and blogs about emotionally healthy discipleship at medium.com/wholehearted. She conveys her five kids around town on bikes and studies theology in the middle of the night vi... [Uncategorized]

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By Michelle Van Loon www.MomentsAndDays.org and www.MichelleVanLoon.com Contrary to the song lyrics, it’s not the most wonderful time of the year for many of us. The jingle bell merriness of the season is like an out-of-tune gong for those grieving t... [Uncategorized]

December 18, 11PM

In the now-irreplaceable volume edited by Preston Sprinkle, Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church, two — yea, four — views are presented, two affirming and two traditional, and each of the authors responds with admirable civility and firm ... [Uncategorized]

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Today we relight the first three candles of the Advent Wreath — the candles of HOPE, PEACE and JOY. Now we light the fourth candle of Advent. This is the candle of LOVE. Jesus demonstrated self-giving love in his ministry as the Good Shepherd. Adven... [Uncategorized]
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. BCPT... [Uncategorized]

December 16, 11PM

You go Bronson Koenig: They had traveled more than 100 miles to visit with him for just a few minutes, but he had no desire to talk, no idea what to say. Still, his mother had asked him to follow through on his commitment, so Bronson Koenig walked into a ... [Uncategorized]

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Merry Christmas to Northern Seminary!The post Merry Christmas @nseminary appeared first on Jesus Creed. [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye Recently Scot McKnight linked an article by Ian Paul titled “Jesus was not born in a stable.” Paul’s essay jousted with the commonly accepted version of the-birth-of-Jesus story in the West. Referencing scholars like R. T. France, Kenne... [Uncategorized]

December 15, 11PM

It might be time for these researchers to have a conversation. FIRST: In the Dallas News, David Millard Haskell writes: Those who don’t attend church regularly but are scouting for Christmas services this year might be surprised to find fewer main... [Uncategorized]

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Though I have already sent up the flagpole my selections for the Books of the Year, I want to announce that a dictionary set is now complete, and I cannot emphasize enough how substantial and valuable this set is. Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson h... [Uncategorized]

December 14, 11PM

One can narrate the Bible from a host of angles, and Walter Brueggemann (Money and Possessions) has chosen to narrate it from a economic hermeneutic focusing on coveting, desire, acquisitiveness, and hoarding over against Israel’s summons to live ou... [Uncategorized]

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One of the most enjoyable projects I have ever had was researching and then writing up what I often call a “Protestant Biblical Theology of Mary.” I call her the real Mary, and if my Roman Catholic and Orthodox friends think I’m saying ... [Uncategorized]

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I think it is interesting that every year we talk about a war on Christmas. Every year, there is some story that makes the 24-hour news cycle, and we start hearing the pundits on television talking about the war on Christmas. It is normally about how some... [Uncategorized]

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Can We Still Be Astonished? We are weary of astonishment these last months, are we not? The national news delivers so many daily revelations and disturbances, so many scandals and questions, we’re nostalgic for security, routine, even boredom. Then come... [Uncategorized]

December 13, 11PM

By Kaz Yamazaki-Ransom, a Japanese New Testament scholar. He earned his Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and his dissertation was published under the title The Roman Empire in Luke’s Narrative (T&T Clark International, 2010). His wo... [Uncategorized]

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One beautiful bird, and I spotted five of them the other day on my way to Willow Creek Community Church for a morning conference event. But 30,000! CHICAGO — Chicago birders went wild Wednesday when thousands of sandhill cranes flew over the city. The b... [birds]

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Monogenēs once more. Kevin Giles Following the 2016 Evangelical Theological Society annual conference in San Antonia where Dr. Bruce Ware and Dr. Wayne Grudem publicly announced that they had been wrong to deny the doctrine of the eternal generation of t... [Uncategorized]

December 12, 11PM

In my New Testament cohort at Northern Seminary I have a bundle of very good students. One of our assignments is a book review, and I will post two of these reviews this week. This one, by Ben Davis, reviews NT Wright’s book on the cross and atoneme... [Uncategorized]

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Jason Micheli is a United Methodist pastor in Alexandria, Virginia, having earned degrees from the University of Virginia and Princeton Theological Seminary. He writes the Tamed Cynic blog and is the author Cancer Is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serio... [Uncategorized]

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In the new book Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church (ed. Preston Sprinkle), the opening essay is written by William Loader, a professor from Perth Western Australia. His view can be characterized as a bold, if not harsh, Bible approach, as a Bible d... [Uncategorized]

December 11, 11PM

Beverly Gaventa has become an increasingly, patient and influential voice in Pauline studies. My favorite book of hers so far on Paul is Our Mother Saint Paul. A student and colleague of the architects of the apocalyptic scholars — like J. Louis Mar... [Uncategorized]

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We are praying for the Coptic Christians of Cairo. At least 25 people were killed and 35 were injured after a blast near Cairo’s main Coptic Christian Cathedral, according to reports from the Egyptian state-sponsored Middle East News Agency. MENA r... [Uncategorized]

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Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be hono... [Uncategorized]
Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE. Now we light the third candle of Advent. This is the candle of JOY. As the coming of Jesus, our Savior, draws nearer, our joy builds with our anticipa... [Uncategorized]

December 9, 11PM

This fella pastors two churches, one Episcopalian and the other a typical low church evangelical congregation: a man of two worlds and one faith. It’s 8 a.m. Sunday at St. Hilda’s in Catonsville, and the priest in the pulpit wears a white robe... [Uncategorized]

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Manger, by John W. Frye   Mary, quick, resourceful in the moment, Spies a manger* and makes a bed For her newborn son. Strange, these startling times Jammed with angels; Babies named John and Jesus arrive On heaven’s cue While wide-eyed mothers lau... [Uncategorized]

December 8, 11PM

To study what the Bible “says” about the economy and about finances is to enter into a field fraught with two major challenges: first, the radical difference between those economies in the Bible times (we are dealing here with possible two mil... [Uncategorized]

December 7, 11PM

Where do women belong? Are the Mommy Wars really over? Is raising children women’s highest and most important calling? Today, Katelyn Beaty and I are conversing about all of this through her groundbreaking new book, A Woman’s Place : A Christian Visio... [Uncategorized]

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Would Jesus Still Have Come If…?  – Matthew 1.18-25 Jason Micheli is a United Methodist pastor in Alexandria, Virginia, having earned degrees from the University of Virginia and Princeton Theological Seminary. He writes the Tamed Cynic blog a... [Uncategorized]

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Today I would like to start a short Christmas series that is a bit…unusual. But it is unusual for a reason. I am tired of the annual Christmas outrage to celebrate the Prince of Peace. There are so many Christians in the West that it sometimes makes... [Uncategorized]

December 6, 11PM

Increasingly pastors have become authors. Sometimes they have co-authors, sometimes heavy editors, and other times all on their own. Publishers are interested in pastor-authors because some of these pastors start with a huge platform (read: megachurch aud... [Uncategorized]

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AP: SHELDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn’t want it to get injured, stuck in their barn or damage their fences. Sharyn Abbott and her husband... [Uncategorized]

December 5, 11PM

Zondervan, under the fine guiding work of Preston Sprinkle, has published a book Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church in their popular Counterpoints series. The four authors in this volume, and each responds with gentle civility to the o... [Uncategorized]

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Bob Allen: A Southern Baptist seminary president said Nov. 29 that Baptists who adopt Calvinistic theology and practice ought to consider joining another denomination. “I know there are a fair number of you who think you are a Calvinist, but understand ... [Uncategorized]

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How “Thank You For Your Service” May Fall Short At Church, By Michelle Van Loon and www.MomentsAndDays.org and www.MichelleVanLoon.com Popular speaker and author Jen Hatmaker’s recent interview with Jonathan Merritt affirming same-sex relationsh... [Uncategorized]

December 4, 11PM

Jesus Creed Book of the Year Jon M. Levenson, The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016). I have not yet blogged about this brilliant Jewish scholar’s book but I re... [Uncategorized]

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Merciful God, Who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and re... [Uncategorized]

December 3, 11PM

Today we relight the candle of HOPE. Now we light the candle for the second Sunday in Advent. This is the candle of PEACE. As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus is our hope and our peace. From the prophet Isaiah: “For a child... [Advent]

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SAVING THE BIBLE FROM OURSELVES Glenn Paauw is a founding Director at the Institute for Bible Reading. Historian Mark Noll and Old Testament (or as Glenn likes to say First Testament) scholar, Walter Brueggemann, offer praise for Paauw’s book. David Geo... [Uncategorized]
Many of you will be familiar with Jason Micheli, whose sermons — slightly irreverent at times, always insightful, full of narrative art and at times colorful language — sometimes appear on this blog. I have spoken in Jason’s church in Vi... [Uncategorized]

December 2, 11PM

Wow, this is some crazy stuff: fake news generated so one can denounce those who like the fake news story! Tell me a little about why you started Disinfomedia? Late 2012, early 2013 I was spending a lot of time researching what is now being referred to as... [Uncategorized]

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The post The Video appeared first on Jesus Creed. [Uncategorized]

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Sometimes we get criticized by someone and we deflect it easily; at other times it penetrates and wounds and festers and seems to haunt our nights. The would pesters enough that in odd moments with random people we allude to it or name it explicitly. Is t... [Uncategorized]

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In the rich bottom lands near the Chattahooche River in western Coweta County, Georgia, stretches miles of fine cotton fields. Stately plantation homes, while sparse, are built on the rare anomalies of elevated terrain and are shaded by massive red oak tr... [Uncategorized]

December 1, 11PM

The term “identity” is overused today and for conservative pundits “identity” is pejoratively used in “identity” politics while the progressives use it affirmatively as in “it’s about my and her and his iden... [Uncategorized]

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Nate Silver: In short, it appears as though educational levels are the critical factor in predicting shifts in the vote between 2012 and 2016. You can come to that conclusion with a relatively simple analysis, like the one I’ve conducted above, or by us... [Uncategorized]

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One of the more interesting books that has ever come my way is Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America’s Imminent Secularization, a book edited by C. Mathewes and C. McKnight Nichols (no relation). If the title doesn’t interest you, ... [Uncategorized]

November 30, 11PM

A book that has just come in the mail is by Cynthia Long Westfall and is called Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ, and I urge you to purchase and read this book — along with me for I will blog throug... [Uncategorized]

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The Rules for Leading from the 2nd Chair by Ben Pickett With the end of the year just around the corner, I’m all set for the New Year’s lists. You know, those compilation stories that give us a list of what’s best about the previous year – always ... [Uncategorized]

November 29, 11PM

by Scot McKnight via Jesus Creed (#82979)
Crossing the Waters into Prison I am just back from prison, a maximum security prison in California. I spoke about forgiveness with two groups of women. One took place in a room no bigger than a closet. I cried with them. I prayed with them. We wiped our ... [Uncategorized]

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I love working at Northern Seminary because we are serving God’s Kingdom every day.  We prepare students to become future pastors and positively impact their communities with the same effect of a rock being dropped into a mirrored lake…the impact for... [Uncategorized]

November 28, 11PM

Christian Smith, in his must-read and challenging book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity. The f... [Uncategorized]

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Scott Peterson: ISTANBUL, TURKEY — When Turkey’s teachers returned to school in September, they found their numbers decimated by expulsions, more than half their textbooks gone, and some 2,250 educational institutions sealed with police tape. Schools ... [Uncategorized]

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The question is What is God like in the Bible? Let’s ask John Goldingay, whose new book Biblical Theology: The God of the Christian Scriptures, presents a “biblical” theology. The topics of his book are all shaped first by God, hence: G... [Uncategorized]

November 27, 11PM

Christian Smith, in his must-read and challenging book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity.  The... [Uncategorized]

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With Christians around the world, we use this light to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of God’s Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. May we receive God’s light as we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in d... [Uncategorized]

November 26, 11PM

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glo... [Uncategorized]

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SUFFERING STUDY BIBLE: A CRITICAL REVIEW By David George Moore Dave blogs at www.twocities.org and his videos can be found at www.mooreengaging.com I am currently writing a book (and speaking in various places) about what it means to trust God when suffer... [Uncategorized]

November 25, 11PM

Issue: Tim Suttle, immigration and what it means to be a neighbor: I am raising my voice in opposition to the prospect of the United States Government rounding up and deporting millions of our neighbors because they do not have legal immigration status. I... [Uncategorized]

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Cleveland Clinic: In recent years, studies have shown a strong link between our emotions and cardiovascular health. Research shows that hostility, anger, depression, anxiety and social isolation all lead to higher rates of heart disease. The reverse is ... [Uncategorized]

November 24, 11PM

Christian Smith, in his must-read and challenging book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity.  The... [Uncategorized]
By Robert Rakestraw: What is the controversy all about? At the risk of overwhelming serious readers with yet another piece on Trinity and gender, I offer this contribution with the hope that some may gain a bit more clarity on an aspect of the dispute tha... [Uncategorized]

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From Logan Young: Ellie McCadams recently gained a new friend. And on top of that, an entire team of friends and teammates now has her back. Just having turned 14 in September, Ellie is the newest and youngest honorary member of the Southeast Missouri Sta... [Uncategorized]

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From AJ Willingham: (CNN)A farming community in Indiana stepped up for a grieving grandfather at a time when he needed it the most. Steve Wollyung’s granddaughter Ayla passed away this month after getting trapped in a grain wagon. Time stops when a ... [Uncategorized]

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November 23, 11PM

Kris and I say to one and all, Happy Thanksgiving! Almighty and gracious Father, We give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the... [Uncategorized]

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“Only with an understanding of complementarity in marriage do we have any grounding for monogamy and exclusivity [in marriage; thus, fidelity].” [By complementarity he means roles that are hierarchical and patriarchal.] So, according to DeYoun... [Uncategorized]

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The Nicene and Reformed doctrine of the Trinity. (A paper given by Kevin Giles at the plenary forum on the Trinity at the Evangelical Theological Society annual conference, 15th November, 2016 at San Antonia. The other speakers were Dr Bruce Ware, Dr Mill... [Uncategorized]

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By Ben Pickett, the Discipleship Minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene Texas. A couple of weeks ago I was one of a handful of ministers invited to join a panel discussion for a group of students at a local Christian university. We were a di... [Uncategorized]

November 22, 11PM

Christian Smith, in his must-read and challenging book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity. He ca... [Uncategorized]

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From Allan Bevere: Advent and Christmas– Putting Christ the King in Context This past Sunday was Christ the King Sunday (also called the Reign of Christ). It is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, which begins anew this Sunday with the season of... [Uncategorized]

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By Leslie Leyland Fields I’m taking a holiday from the media and the news these next two weeks. You will not find cynicism here. Or hate or despair. This week, grateful tidings and a call to a Revolution. It begins here. The best Giving-Thanks meal I ev... [Uncategorized]

November 21, 11PM

Christian Smith, in his must-read and challenging book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity. He ca... [Uncategorized]

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Rebecca Kotz, from Arise: Kotz is an unashamed radical feminist and lover of Jesus. She is an advocate and counselor in Minnesota for sexually-exploited/trafficked women. She is passionate about speaking to women and men on healthy relationships, rape cul... [Uncategorized]
The Gift of Context in Worship, By Michelle Van Loon www.MomentsAndDays.org and www.MichelleVanLoon.com One of many gifts my Jewish identity offered to me was the deep conviction that the Old Testament and New Testament were a single, seamless narrativ... [Uncategorized]

November 20, 11PM

Christian Smith, in his new book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity. He calls this belief “... [Uncategorized]

November 19, 11PM

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his mo... [Uncategorized]

November 18, 11PM

The garden of FLOTUS will be kept: There are certain to be many changes with the incoming administration. But one thing we don’t have to worry about is Michelle Obama’s White House vegetable garden. The First Lady’s garden was planted in March 2009 ... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye Scot McKnight introduced us recently to a new work by John Goldingay in a post titled “Systematic vs. Biblical Theology.” As I read the post and the comments that followed, I remembered a story that Eugene H. Peterson wrote to “Gunnar,... [Uncategorized]

November 17, 11PM

Christian Smith, in Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity. Buy this book, read it slowly and carefu... [Uncategorized]

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From Ray Ortlund: If this book is reading the Bible rightly, then we cannot say that same-sex unions are holy. That assertion is now impossible to sustain. The biblical view of marriage — one man with one woman — is not based on a verse here a... [Uncategorized]

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Wrestling Hate This post-election week, I am reading and watching the news, but I don’t want to. I want to stay distant. I want to turn off my computer and silence the radio. It’s costly to listen. It’s wrenching to look at photos and hear stories o... [Uncategorized]

November 16, 11PM

When I was researching why it was that evangelical Christians moved over to Roman Catholicism I encountered what I still think is a good logical argument: that those who believe in supporting all arguments from Scripture can’t support that view on t... [Uncategorized]

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By Aaron Visser In the sign-off of his special on election night on Showtime, amidst the jocularity and satire, Stephen Colbert said some pretty thoughtful and sobering things about this most recent election. At one point, he compared politics to things l... [Uncategorized]

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Ben Pickett is the Discipleship Minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene Texas. I entered full-time ministry later in life after a career in business and discovered quickly the importance of training and education. Fact is, I’m still learnin... [Uncategorized]

November 15, 11PM

By Michelle Van Loon who can be read at www.MomentsAndDays.org and followed at www.MichelleVanLoon.com According to a 2011 Pew Forum survey, there are twice as many Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians in the world as there are Evangelicals. An earlier ... [Uncategorized]

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Daniel Strauss: The revolution is back in business. Supporters of Bernie Sanders’ failed presidential bid are seizing on Democratic disarray at the national level to launch a wave of challenges to Democratic Party leaders in the states. The goal is ... [Uncategorized]

November 14, 11PM

This sermon by Jason Micheli For the last 18 months, according to the Principalities and Powers, this Tuesday’s election was supposed to be the most important event in our lifetimes if not in history, an odd and hyperbolic claim for Christians to accept... [Uncategorized]

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There are plenty of attempts to find atonement theories that avoid the barbarisms of some penal substitution (PSA) proponents, but avoiding PSA altogether is unavoidable. Here’s what it claims: 1. Humans sin. 2. Sin has serious, ultimate consequence... [Uncategorized]

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By Kevin Maney, who received his PhD from the University of Toledo in Curriculum and Instruction, majoring in educational technology and minoring in educational leadership. He completed his studies for a Diploma in Anglican Studies at Trinity School for M... [Uncategorized]

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By Rachel Elizabeth Asproth graduated from Bethel University with a BA in English literature and reconciliation studies in 2015. She is currently the editor of the CBE Scroll and Arise. Her chief passions are reading, writing, social justice, theatre, a... [Uncategorized]

November 13, 11PM

Systematic has classically (and now inevitably) organized the systematic theology of the Christian faith into these topics: (Scripture and only then) God, humans (or man), Christ, sin, salvation, the church/ecclesiology and eschatology. For some this is w... [Uncategorized]

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Irv Leavitt: A Northbrook woman who waited a 108-year lifetime for a Cubs championship died after it finally happened. Mabel Ball, born the year the Cubs had last won the World Series, died Tuesday at Covenant Village of Northbrook. “The cruel irony... [Uncategorized]

November 12, 11PM

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our... [Uncategorized]

November 11, 11PM

AJ Perez reports about Gerald McCoy’s act of forgiveness: Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy told reporters on Thursday that he forgave the teen who broke in his house last week, a burglary that left McCoy’s father with a broken w... [Uncategorized]

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Fun Facts about redheads, from USAToday: To help celebrate, here are nine fun facts about redheads: The highest concentration of redheads is in Scotland (13%) followed by Ireland (10%). Worldwide, only 2% of people have red hair. People with red hair are ... [Uncategorized]

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Personal Thoughts, by John Frye Scot McKnight is posting about The Day the Revolution Began, the latest book by scholar-historian-pastor N. T. Wright. I have read the book and found it fascinating, accessible, and courageous. Wright even admits that as he... [Uncategorized]

November 10, 11PM

It is a fact that most atonement theories operate on the basis of (lightly understood and sometimes seriously distorted) Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is also a fact that Jesus and Paul connect the cross to Passover. It is also a fact that very few... [Atonement]

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The entire election season expectation is determined by the pollsters, and I include all the media who reports on the polls. Time and time again the news media was telling us the chances of Trump — Nate Silver at 538 had him with an 18% chance of el... [Uncategorized]

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By Alexis Waggoner, from Arise Image and Bio About Alexis Waggoner: Educated in Journalism, I worked for over 10 years in the fields of journalism and marketing. My love for writing and research continues to be part of my professional pursuits. This proje... [Uncategorized]

November 9, 11PM

By Michael Thompson Walter Brueggemann. God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016. Chapter Four: Law: The Summons to Keep Listening (107–142) Beginning with the story of Dani... [Uncategorized]

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Review of D.W. Pierce’s The Deborah Club By Greg Taylor D.W. Pierce’s debut novel begins with the main character stepping in it and trying to cover his tracks. A case of a mistaken text recipient leads to a zany, awkward moment for a minister ... [Uncategorized]

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By Patrick Mitchel, a sketch of a public lecture by John Barclay, author of Paul and the Gift. Patrick Mitchel is at Irish Bible Institute in Dublin. John Barclay , Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham University was speaking in St Patrick’s Colleg... [Uncategorized]

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By Leslie Leyland Fields We have a new president. We have much work ahead of us as a nation, as a Church. We will not move forward without looking behind. May these words of confession bring healing to us all. *Let us have compassion for one another, for ... [Uncategorized]

November 8, 11PM

Somewhere overnight or this morning the eschatology of American Christians may become clear. If a Republican wins and the Christian becomes delirious or confident that the Golden Days are about to arrive, that Christian has an eschatology of politics. Or,... [Uncategorized]

November 7, 11PM

By Michael Thompson Walter Brueggemann. God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016. Chapter Three: Grace: The Inexplicable Reach Beyond (71–106) In discussing the biblical pre... [Uncategorized]

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If you are a Cubs fan, Mark Gonzales’s summary of who will remain and who will not is as good as it can get. I give his top section but at the link you can read the rest: Who’s likely to return Player … Position … Contract status … Comme... [Uncategorized]

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So says David Mizejewski in a report by Mary Bowerman: [SMcK: Confession time; I mow mine into small pieces and then put them in the compost pile.] Put the rake down, and back away from the leaves. Dry, dead leaves may be unsightly to your neighbors, but... [Uncategorized]

November 6, 11PM

Being relevant is good but so is being irrelevant. Being like your culture connects you to culture; being unlike culture both disconnects and offers the opportunity to think again. The Christian God may have at times been somewhat like the Greek and Roman... [Uncategorized]
Follow The Leader, By Michelle Van Loon http://www.MomentsAndDays.org I am of Paul. I am of Apollos. I am of John Piper or Jim Wallis or Jen Hatmaker or Nancy Leigh DeMoss. It was a first century problem, and it is a twenty-first century problem. It is p... [Uncategorized]

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By Jason Micheli, for All Saints Sunday An Argument for the Existence of God 1/458 July 5, 2005 From: shirleympitts@cox.net Subject: Communion Etc. Dear Jason, Welcome to Aldersgate! We met on Sunday morning. I was the “good-looking lady” with the Ark... [Uncategorized]

November 5, 10PM

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and ... [Uncategorized]

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Robert Royal is the founder and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing (www.thecatholicthing.org). He is the author of numerous books. One in particular, The God That Did Not Fail, is on... [Uncategorized]

November 4, 10PM

It starts here for this first weekend after the World Series, with Tom Verducci’s little anecdote about Joe Maddon’s father’s hat and Jason Heyward’s character: As Maddon prepared to return to the dugout, he stepped out from behind... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye I will conclude this series by offering three more temptations pastors face as they fulfill the injunction “to preach the word.” These three can be captured in the words control, fixation, and anger. Control. I know of few pastors who bel... [Uncategorized]

November 3, 10PM

In his new book, N.T. Wright, The Day the Revolution Began, is offering a total reworking of how to understand the cross. One might think such a rethinking is hubristic (as some did last week on my blog) or one might take a more charitable approach and se... [Uncategorized]

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I got this question from a reader the other day: I’ve been studying a lot lately. Also concerning topics like Calvinism etc. Last week I spoke to a Calvinist and he said something like this: “God doesn’t have to save anybody, and if He d... [Uncategorized]

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Cubs win, Cubs win, Cubs win! If you add up all the season and postseason logs at baseball-reference.com, you come up with this: Since the moment Kling caught that foul out, the Cubs played 152,627⅓ innings of baseball before Wednesday, and their pitche... [Uncategorized]

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After the Elections: Imagining Heaven? I imagine John Lennon would be happy with the way our nation is going, as more and more people leave church and check the “none” box, many to be “spiritual” rather than “religious.”... [Uncategorized]

November 2, 10PM

By Michael Thompson Walter Brueggemann. God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016. Chapter Two: Justice: From Zion Back to Sinai (39–70) There is a key in the subtitle of thi... [Uncategorized]

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I often tell a story about Norcia and its prayer routines — a story involving Kris and I wandering into the San Benedetto Basilica in Norcia on a morning to be swollen into worship by the Benedictine monks praying and chanting Psalm 119 in Latin. Sa... [Uncategorized]

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From Lee Camp, a wonderful, multi-talented prof at Lipscomb University (make sure you go to the link to read the whole piece): The root of the problem, it seems to me, is that we think America is the problem, and that the most important public work we can... [Uncategorized]

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By Jonathan Storment Over the past few months, I have done reviews of a couple of different books that I’ve found helpful in ministry. One was Jamie Smith’s latest book “You Are What You Love” where, as a virtue ethicist, Smith convincingly makes ... [Uncategorized]

November 1, 10PM

One of the most — if not the most — important words in the New Testament for the church is the word fellowship (Greek: koinonia). What is a fellowship? What is happening when you hear someone use the term “fellowship” for what goe... [Uncategorized]

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Huma Abedin doesn’t know how that stuff got on her husband’s computer. Not knowing how it got there may be as bad as it being there! This spin is dizzying, and perhaps that’s the point of spins. Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told ... [Uncategorized]

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It’s not new but it’s not talked about. I’m talking about the choice of so many to exercise their rights of free speech by calling out someone on social media — Facebook, Twitter, blogs — who said something they didn’t ... [Uncategorized]

October 31, 10PM

By Michael Thompson Walter Brueggemann. God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016. Image A recent publication by well-known Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggemann, has caugh... [Uncategorized]

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More than one friend has told me Trump supporters are not true Republicans and I countered with this: “That circle of voters brought Reagan into the Oval Office and did the same for both Bushes.” Yes, from what I have gathered from polls and s... [Uncategorized]

October 30, 10PM

For some religions are all doing the same basic things. Varieties and differences notwithstanding, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism — or jumping back in time — Roman religions and gods and worship and Judaism as well as its mut... [Uncategorized]

October 29, 10PM

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and th... [Uncategorized]

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WHAT WOULD JESUS DO, AGAIN? By Garrett Sheldon Garrett is John Morton Beaty Professor of Political Science Professor at the University of Virginia (Wise). He is the great-grandson of Charles Sheldon, the author of the legendary, In His Steps. In 1896, Re... [Uncategorized]

October 28, 10PM

Last Saturday night, in the Cubs’ game clinching win over the LA Dodgers, we saw again this crew of umpires — led by PhD in theology Ted Barrett — huddling to pray before the game began. I’m not sure if they were saying the Lord... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye in his series on the preacher’s temptations. A troubling spin-off of the welcomed return to narrative theology is the reduction of preaching to “telling stories.” The Bible is a library of stories. Yes. N. T. Wright has helped us se... [Uncategorized]

October 27, 10PM

You can learn about a group not only by listening to them express their views, which is step number one in charitable conversation, but also by listening to their enemies. One time Joe Modica and I co-edited a volume called Who Do My Opponents Say That I... [Uncategorized]

October 26, 10PM

If anything is clear in NT Wright’s new book, The Day the Revolution Began, it is that Christians have … here are Wright’s own words: We have Platonized our eschatology (substituting “souls going to heaven” for the promised new crea... [Uncategorized]

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(Im)migrating Toward Love (Part 2): 5 Things Our Church Is Doing To Become a Home I find houses to be curious places. They often tell the tale of travel by the souvenirs on display or of their owner’s interests by the kinds of nicknacks one might find s... [Uncategorized]

October 25, 10PM

Re-Baptizing the Church Who says Churchgoers are stodgy and unyielding? Not the polls. A study just released last Wednesday by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution (http://bit.ly/2epW36G) found that nearly three out of fou... [Uncategorized]

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This is great news as Kyle Schwarber is one of the Cubs’ folk heroes. [Uncategorized]

October 24, 10PM

Every theory of leadership derives from a worldview, a theology, and a systemic location. This is why John Nugent in his Endangered Gospel can say these things that show correlation of kingdom theory and leadership theory: Heaven-centered and world-cente... [Uncategorized]

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Your Liturgy: Why Do You Do What You Do? By Michelle VanLoon mishvl@yahoo.com http://www.MomentsAndDays.com Much has been made of the longing among some believing Millennials for structure, reverence, and beauty in worship. Fewer smoke machines, more in... [Uncategorized]

October 23, 10PM

By Debbie Fulthorp Recently, I received a couple of e-mails from a few well-meaning friends suggesting that I tone it down with social media posts advocating for women in ministry. These friends suggested that my posts cause tension, make the church look ... [Uncategorized]

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Image Many of you know our son works for the Cubs as a professional scout (he’s Assistant Scouting Director), and he’s been talking about last night for five years. Theo Epstein’s plan was to take the Cubs down to the floor joists and re... [sports]

October 22, 10PM

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for eve... [Uncategorized]

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Paula White on Donald Trump: “If he suddenly came out all religious, that would seem staged to me,” said White, who has known Trump for 14 years. “Donald has never been public about his faith, and when he has tried, it has been futile. I... [Uncategorized]

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THE END OF PROTESTANTISM By David George Moore. Dave blogs at www.twocities.org and his videos can be seen at www.mooreengaging.com. Jesus made it clear that unity among all Christians was His will. Many of us feel this is a nice sentiment, but not realis... [Uncategorized]

October 21, 10PM

Dear Whitey, we’re still playin’! My friend at Brentwood Baptist, Mike Glenn, proposes his theory about nones and dones: After a long discussion about the “Nones,” researchers have discovered another category of people leaving the church... [Uncategorized]

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Anthony Rizzo, Cubs first baseman, has character and this incident reveals the man for who he is. By Shannan Younger: Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s apology to an umpire last night is wor... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye When ministry becomes a job, the pastor/preacher skates on thin ice. Too many pastors lose their souls in the tedious, seemingly endless demands of their calling. Disillusionment is a dark set of lens that distorts life, filtering out all the... [Uncategorized]

October 20, 10PM

I have been a reader, appreciator and fan of Larry Hurtado for a long long time and one of my earliest books — A Light among the Gentiles — got published by Fortress because Larry spoke enough on my behalf to John Hollar. My favorite of his b... [Uncategorized]

October 19, 10PM

Increasingly theology is taking a narrative turn, a shift as perceptible as it is transformative, and its key notes are not abstracted ideas (God, man, Christ, sin, salvation, ecclesiology, eschatology) but the narrative itself. A number of scholars have... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Here’s the point: Grudem ought just to say that (1) he is a Republican/conservative, therefore (2) cannot vote for Democrat Clinton, and thus (3) he votes for Trump. From Townhall: After I saw the shocking 2005 video with Trump talking about his sex... [Uncategorized]

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Taylor Hammett lives with his wife Tori and their 2 daughters in Atlanta, GA and is the Lead Minister at Corners Church.  Although an avid baseball fan he finds himself watching way more princess movies these days than baseball, but according to him that... [Uncategorized]

October 18, 10PM

10 Reasons No One Would Vote for Jesus this Election by Leslie Leyland Fields How’s your social media life going? I’ve tried to contain the election anger and rancor on my own sites by being “politic,” but even as I write this word, I realize how ... [Uncategorized]

October 17, 10PM

Gulp. Early in NT Wright’s chapter “The Story of the Rescue” (in The Day the Revolution Began) we get this imaginary conversation between the four evangelists and modern evangelists, the latter of whom operate with a very particular the... [Atonement]

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By Michelle Van Loon mishvl@yahoo.com   http://www.MomentsAndDays.com There are a lot of different camps clustered under this big tent known as Evangelical Christianity. The idea of Evangelicalism as a single tent is more a theoretical idea than a prac... [Uncategorized]

October 16, 10PM

This is about one of the most important books anyone who teaches or preaches the Bible should read. We Protestants teach everyone this: You must read the Bible for yourself. Of course, we don’t want those “you”s to get too clever and s... [Uncategorized]

October 15, 10PM

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lor... [Uncategorized]

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Robert McCoppin: As an antidote to the nastiness of the presidential election, a prominent local church is trying to instill a bit of the sacred in a profane campaign. On Monday, some commuters in Chicago will be greeted on their way to work with the mess... [Uncategorized]

October 14, 10PM

We begin, acknowledging as I always could do Kris’ constant sending me of possible links for Meanderings, with Naomi Krueger: Bragging about or joking about degrading women is serious business. Words are never “just words.” They are rooted in vi... [Uncategorized]

7AM

From Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput: Why are progressives not opining on the blatant disrespect for Catholics? Why is Clinton not disowning these statements? But bad can always get worse.  I’m thinking, of course, of the contemptuously anti... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye I heard an illustration when I was in seminary from Dr. Howard Hendricks. He said that when water flows through a pipe, the pipe is not affected. There’s no change in the pipe. However, when water works its way through the fine vessels of a... [Uncategorized]

October 13, 10PM

This election season has been nothing less than a colossal — call it apocalyptic — revelation. How so? I wonder if these patterns are characteristic of the United Kingdom and Continental European countries as well? The church now has a profile... [Uncategorized]

October 12, 10PM

In his exceptional new study, Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church, John Nugent speaks of God’s design as the “better place.” Nugent’s approach is a full biblical narrative of the new heavens and the new e... [Uncategorized]

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By Sara Barton. Sara is the University Chaplain at Pepperdine University, where she pastors, preaches, and leads a delightful and capable staff of ministers. She and her husband, John, live in an empty nest these days while their daughter Brynn is a colle... [Uncategorized]

October 11, 10PM

By Leslie Leyland Fields This is not the worst lie I ever told, but it’s the most memorable. I had just turned twelve. I was going to a movie theatre with my best friend. I had only been to two other movies in my life, so this was a big deal. And it was... [Uncategorized]

October 10, 10PM

Michael Peppard: Lots to discuss here. (1) Is Peppard’s analysis true? (2) Are preachers too insensitive to the realities of the congregation? (3) Do people choose churches on the basis of the preaching? (4) What do you think of sticking to one text... [Uncategorized]

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I am predicting that N.T. Wright’s newest, The Day the Revolution Began, will become more significant than his justly and widely-read Surprised by Hope. Wright has taken the tradition of Christian atonement theories back to the Bible to challenge ... [Uncategorized]

October 9, 10PM

The tragic decisions of American Christianity to align itself with a political party has now landed in a pool of manure with a plop. You may be thinking of the Christian Right, and you’d be right. You may be thinking of the Christian Left, and you&#... [Uncategorized]

4PM

Wayne Grudem has now pulled his support from Trump, as reported by Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem was one of Donald Trump’s most surprising endorsers earlier this year, saying that the Republican presidential nominee was “... [Uncategorized]

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As Bill Murray’s T-shirt says, “Ain’t afraid of no goat!” Speaking of the curse of the Billy Goat, how about the undoing of Steve Bartman? CHICAGO — As Travis Wood stepped to the plate, Cubs bullpen catcher Chad Noble said, “He... [Uncategorized]

October 8, 10PM

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP [Uncategorized]

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After these vile revelations of Donald Trump’s justification — gloating about it — of his groping of women it is time for every evangelical leader — from James Dobson and Wayne Grudem and Jerry Fallwell, Jr., and Ralph Reed and Ja... [Uncategorized]

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The best of historians knows the data and facts, but wears them lightly unless heavy lifting is in order, knows the history of scholarship on the discipline, and can write up his or her results in the kind of prose that sparkles with suspenseful ordering.... [Uncategorized]

October 7, 10PM

Syler Thomas, is this THE year or not? And baseball is funny. People don’t want to admit it, but there’s a fair amount of luck in baseball. It truly is a game of inches, and sometimes inches separate success from failure. Which brings us back to this ... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye Having considered the temptations of plagiarism and prayerlessness in the preaching task, let’s explore last minute, hectic-paced sermon preparation. In the law enforcement and gun control world there is a phrase “Saturday night special.... [Uncategorized]

October 6, 10PM

“Back to the Bible” summarizes one of the central features of American evangelicalism. Another word for this is the desire to restore the church to its New Testament origins; one might say it is a form of retrieval. One more way of saying the ... [evangelicalism]

7AM

Ashley May: More parents work outside the home now than ever, but they are still spending more time with their children than the generations before them, according to a recent study. Yeah, it seems like Mom and Dad really can do it all. Researchers at the... [Uncategorized]

October 5, 10PM

At the heart of God’s work with Israel is the Presence of God, a theme coursing through the whole Old Testament — from Genesis 3:8 to Genesis 12 to the house of God with Jacob to the tabernacle’s and the temple’s ark of the covenan... [Uncategorized]

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For the word behind “contrary to” (el) to mean “contrary to” one must prove that “desire” means a negative desire, and for that to occur, one must conclude that God’s judgment against the woman/Eve is that she wi... [Uncategorized]

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By Mallory Wyckoff (DMin, MTS). She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Tim and daughter Olive. Mallory spent 5 years working with young women who have survived various forms of sexual trauma, and now teaches Bible and theology courses at Lipscomb Uni... [Uncategorized]

October 4, 10PM

By Michelle Van Loon http://www.michellevanloon.com and http://www.MomentsAndDays.org A group of academics gather for a theology conference. Papers and panels have been vetted in advance of the event, and conferees move from session to session listeni... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Well known Christian leader Howard Snyder reviews a recent book — called HRC. Source: HRC is well worth reading, whatever your politics. It is a good counterpoint both to the noxiously anti-Hillary books and online trash and to the pro-Hillary propa... [Uncategorized]

October 3, 10PM

It’s campaign and election season for all of us, but I’m even deeper in campaign mode than usual. I’m in the throes of my husband’s run for the state house while also in my own “campaign”—publisher’s terminology—as my tenth b... [Uncategorized]

7AM

David Swartz, author of Moral Minority, and at the link you can read the full post, which is just clipped here: He is pressing the case that this is a good time to be an Anabaptist (politically speaking). Why? Nationalism, realpolitik, consumerism, and ... [Uncategorized]

2AM

Before the apostles, during the period of the apostles, and before there were written records, before the Gospels were written, during the time of the apostles writing and yet before there was anything like a canon or what we now call the New Testament &#... [Uncategorized]

October 2, 10PM

By T One of the issues that has been brought to the fore in this election season, at least for Christians, is what it means to be “pro-life.” Certainly, the usage of the term in the political world of the US is a euphemism for one’s view on whether ... [Uncategorized]

October 1, 9PM

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those ... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Chris Gehrz, on Sallman’s head of Christ: I’m quite sure that being exposed so often to Sallman’s Head of Christ not only fixed my idea about the physical appearance of Jesus, but unconsciously shaped my self-identity as a white American. L... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Staying Home on Election Day. What Would James Madison Say? Garrett Ward Sheldon is the John Morton Beaty Professor of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Virginia (at Wise). His book, The Political Philosophy of James Madison framed this i... [Uncategorized]

September 30, 10PM

Now E.D. Hirsch, Jr., is penetratingly right; the issue is the “educrats” who impose educational strategies on the basis of unproven theories: Why has the topic of teacher quality suddenly reached such a crescendo? Education reform has been on... [Uncategorized]

8AM

From Zondervan’s press folks with a special price attached: Designed for churches and groups studying the most important issues in the Christian faith, this collection includes 4 of Scot McKnight’s most important writings to help all of us to bett... [Uncategorized]

2AM

  Empty or Eternal Words? Plagiarism from the pulpit has been a topic here at the One-T Saloon for a few weeks now. I weighed in on that sad theme last Friday. “One t” Scot McKnight invited me to broaden the topic by writing on the temptations of... [Uncategorized]

September 28, 10AM

Jeremy Weber, at CT, writes (at the link more can be found): The publisher of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible has reversed its controversial decision to finalize the text after tweaking 29 verses. “We have become convinced that this deci... [Uncategorized]

3AM

Naomi Walters is an Associate Professor of Religion at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, MI, and in the final stage (read: defending this week) of the Doctor of Ministry program at Lipscomb University. Naomi enjoys reading Scripture with others, and i... [Uncategorized]

September 26, 10PM

By Leslie Leyland Fields My husband’s running for state office right now. I’ve kissed babies, shaken hands, handed out fliers, waved in a parade, edited op-eds. This national election cycle has become personal in unexpected ways. When the nation goes ... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By Michelle Van Loon   I was once told that the study of history doesn’t really make sense until we’re adults. Grown-ups brains have the ability to form connections between events, synthesize information, and assess meaning in a way that younger ... [Uncategorized]

September 25, 10PM

In N.T. Wright’s newest book, The Day the Revolution Began, to be available in about a month and one can find a course being developed about it here, is setting the cross in the Bible’s narrative or story line (about which Wright has some ref... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

The new African American museum of The Smithsonian appears to be brilliant; can’t wait to go through it with Kris. Image Rising from the National Mall, within sight of the Washington Monument, is the majestic, bronzed aluminum-clad Smithsonian Museu... [Uncategorized]

5AM

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns w... [Uncategorized]

September 24, 7AM

By David George Moore. Dave’s videos can be found at www.mooreengaging.com and he blogs at www.twocities.org. Well, as I wrote in a previous interview with Tim Keller, “He has a healthy aversion to sanctimony and platitudes.  He has a low tolerance f... [Uncategorized]

September 23, 10PM

Ah Chicago and bike-friendliness: When it come to cycling, the second city is now the first, according to a leading bike publication. Bicycling magazine is set to announce Monday that Chicago is now the best bike city in the United States, unseating New Y... [Uncategorized]

September 22, 10PM

By John Frye Recently Scot McKnight had an excellent post about pastors plagiarizing. I read the post and followed the comment thread. Many good (and bad) things were pointed out about pastors preaching sermons of other pastors. Almost all thought it was ... [Uncategorized]

September 21, 8AM

Priscilla Alvarez: Despite the heated opposition of the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and more than 30 state governors, conservative churches are welcoming Syrian refugees displaced by that country’s civil war. “The plight of refugees ... [Uncategorized]

September 20, 10PM

The narrative or the story into which one places the cross determines both the problem and the result. If the problem is wrath, the solution is pacification. If the problem is enmity, the solution is reconciliation. If the problem is slavery, the solution... [Atonement]

6AM

One would think a change in police culture would be more immediate and decisive, but this story proves yet again we need major changes. AP: TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An unarmed black man killed by a white Oklahoma officer who was responding to a stalled vehic... [Uncategorized]

September 19, 10PM

Christians, Retreat! Ahhhh, remember the good old days, when (mostly evangelical) Christians didn’t care much about politics? Remember those heady days of turning off the TV news, of nodding our heads patiently, kindly when our neighbors ranted or raved... [Uncategorized]

8AM

From HuffPo, by Elyse Wanshel: A new app makes finding friends in the school cafeteria a piece of cake. “Sit With Us” helps students who have difficulty finding a place to sit locate a welcoming group in the lunchroom. The app allows students to desig... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By Michelle Van Loon It’s possible over four decades of church attendance that I may have missed the larger messages about the “Why?” in many of the sermons I’ve heard about the way in which believers are to steward their money, time, and spiritua... [Uncategorized]

September 18, 10PM

The NY Times ran an article about pastors swiping sermons from sermon sources, and then Out of Ur ran a piece which got some comments. (HT: Garry Poole) I’m wondering what you think. Here are my thoughts: I once was in a situation when a pastor admitted... [Uncategorized]

September 17, 10PM

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with yo... [Uncategorized]

September 16, 10PM

Greetings to you from Kris and me from Helsinki. I’m here to speak at a conference on the gospel. Image Barbara Diamond: Many young couples spend their summer camping, or kayaking, or relaxing or vacationing. But Kristin and Adam Polhemus did none o... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Last year at The Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting (ETS) some wily moves were made by some wily folks who planned in advance to pass some resolutions that would set a precedent to enhance complementarianism, slow down egalitarianism, and pres... [Uncategorized]

September 15, 9AM

AP, Michael Casey: Leave it to the great minds at MIT and Georgia Tech to figure out a way to read the pages of a book without actually opening it. A team of researchers from the two institutions pulled it off with a system they developed that looks like ... [Uncategorized]

September 14, 10PM

So reads Proverbs 19:17: “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.” That line can be unpacked to challenge our lack of charity today; our lack of trust that an act of charity toward the p... [Uncategorized]

8AM

David Zucchino: TAARNBY, Denmark — Johnny Christensen, a stout and silver-whiskered retired bank employee, always thought of himself as sympathetic to people fleeing war and welcoming to immigrants. But after more than 36,000 mostly Muslim asylum seeker... [Uncategorized]

2AM

This week, we begin a four-week series written by four different women who preach, teach, and minister in traditions where they are among the first to serve their congregations in such capacities. Their experiences will inform the series. Amy Bost Henegar... [Uncategorized]
By Jonathan Storment Today I want to close out the series that I have been doing on Spiritual warfare interacting with Richard Beck’s new book “Reviving Old Scratch” One of the most encouraging things that I have seen over the past few years has bee... [Uncategorized]

September 13, 10PM

NT Wright’s newest book, scheduled for publication in about a month and at this site a course is being developed about it, is called The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion. I’ve heard Wright say s... [Uncategorized]

7AM

In a recent public lecture, NT Wright canvassed a wide terrain with clarity and grace and humor, all to zero in on the epistemology of love. It’s a good piece, which you can access at the link below, but I swiped a few memorable paragraphs. Enjoy. N... [Uncategorized]

September 12, 10PM

You can put them all into a single picnic basket: theological mainline liberals, Michael Moore political activists, right wing political afficianados, and conservative evangelical theological power brokers. They all taste the same to me. Two sides of the ... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Wesley Hill: One of the most prominent arguments for the so-called “full inclusion” of LGBTQ people in the church is the analogy of the early church’s inclusion of Gentiles as Gentiles. In the book of Acts and in the Epistles in the New Testament, G... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By Leslie Leyland Fields I didn’t know the Sea of Galilee was polluted. I sit in the tiny skiff with Micah and his crewman, trying not to gape. It’s early morning, just sunrise. An egret lands two feet from me in the bow and stays with us. We pass a r... [Uncategorized]

September 11, 10PM

The word is now out that Crossway has said the ESV is now as unchangeable as the law of the Medes and Persians and thus the publisher/translators have stood back in admiration of their creation and said, “This is very good.” The NIV 1984 will ... [Uncategorized]

1PM

Source: Astros manager A.J. Hinch lost a challenge resulting in the final out of the seventh inning, when George Springer was called out at home plate with the Astros ahead, 2-1. Springer tried to score from first base on Bregman’s second hit of the... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Source: “What if we design an environment that looks like outside?” he said. “What if I can have a sunrise and sunset inside the building? What if I’m able to have the moon and stars come out? What if I build a unit that takes res... [Uncategorized]

September 10, 10PM

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Am... [Uncategorized]

September 9, 10PM

To keep our focus on our coffee at this time of day, here’s how best not to spill it when you are walking — from Ana Swanson: So what’s the best solution? The secret is that the splashes are partly because of the additional motion that your... [Uncategorized]

4AM

By John Frye Son of God and Son of Man J. R. Daniel Kirk dives into the Synoptic Gospels to support his view that Jesus is not presented as one who is ontologically God, but is, instead, an idealized human figure. Kirk is methodical and draws upon many te... [Uncategorized]

September 7, 10PM

A local church has the capacity to adjust itself to its environment and, so long as the environment is redemptive, adjustment is good. When the environment is not redemptive, adjustment is compromise. I believe this is why many today use the term “i... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By Jonathan Storment A Theology of Revolt I have been doing a book review the past few weeks on Richard Beck’s great new book on the Devil and Spiritual Warfare called Reviving Old Scratch. If you are a Christian whose tempted to turn up your nose at th... [Uncategorized]

September 6, 10PM

St Francis never said it so far as we know, but many have attributed it to him: “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Whether he said it or not, many today think the primary form of proclaiming the kingdom is through deed... [gospel]

10AM

From the new CNN/ORC poll — reformatted: Women break for Clinton (53% to 38%) while men shift Trump’s way (54% to 32%). Among women, those who are unmarried make up the core of her support, 73% of unmarried women back Clinton compared with jus... [Uncategorized]

8AM

The Archbishop is confused, as we are to distinguish between a friendship and a (long term and) committed relationship (sounds like marriage except for sex), which is all but marriage (a long term and committed relationship with sex?). Is this not the sex... [Uncategorized]

September 5, 10PM

In some traditions the primary aim of Christianity is holiness and, depending on how one understands the term, moves the Christian into the realms of separation from sin, obedience to God’s will, or utter rigor (zealotry) in all matters of conscienc... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Kim Hjelmgaard: President Obama said Monday that NFL quarterbackColin Kaepernick was “exercising his constitutional right” to bring attention to racial injustice by not taking part in the national anthem at the start of San Francisco 49ers... [Uncategorized]

8AM

From Ashley May: Americans are taking less vacation and more work home. Some are even working this Labor Day. The ignore-vacation trend has been more than 15 years in the making, Project Time Off reports. And, when workers do leave the office, they can... [Uncategorized]

September 4, 10PM

Some educrats had a hunch that different students learned differently and, voila, we have a theory: four different learning styles and teachers better get with it or our kids/students will be left behind. A big hogwash on that speculation-based, non-evide... [education]

11AM

Roger Olson is blissfully unaware how close he is to the great ol’ Andy Griffith’s classic gig called “What it was was football”, and this little clip is just one from a post full of it: Turning now to some possibly more serious is... [Uncategorized]

7AM

I can’t say I believe in canonization, but I do like Mother Teresa so I’ve awakened an old series on her that focuses (eventually) on her experience of darkness. (image) Some time ago and much to my delight, in the mail came the letters of Mot... [Uncategorized]

4AM

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and t... [Uncategorized]

September 2, 10PM

An amazing week with our new MA in NT cohort at Northern Seminary. Wonderful students — 20 of them — with a passion to know God through Scripture, and a week of growth in figuring out all these names and movements and moments in NT studies. Wh... [Uncategorized]

8AM

John Hawthorne: I’ll state my conclusion up front and then circle back to explain how I got here. Here goes: In an increasingly pluralistic culture, claims of religious freedom will conflict directly with protections against discrimination. When that co... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By John Frye In part 1 of the review of J. R. Daniel Kirk’s A Man Attested by God, Kirk’s hypothesis is that Jesus in the Synoptics is best understood as “an idealized human figure,” which is an established category in 1st century Jewish literatur... [Uncategorized]

September 1, 10PM

To say the church is “ineffective” is to make a claim that is more than a little difficult to prove. Is the church less effective today than, say, 20 years ago? 40 years ago? 100 years ago? Still, many make the claim that the church today is i... [Uncategorized]

2AM

When Does Submission Begin? When does male headship and female submission begin? Here I ask a critical question of complementarians. This is not a gotcha question. There is nothing frivolous in my asking. It is serious because it relates to little girls, ... [Uncategorized]

August 31, 10PM

A well-known NT scholar recently asked me what “missional” meant and he said he had not seen the word until it was in the title to a book Joe Modica and I recently co-edited. Ah, so clear: “missional” is a buzz word for a specific ... [missional]

2AM

By Jonathan Storment: I’m in a blog series reviewing one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is Reviving Old Scratch by Richard Beck and it’s all about the Devil and Spiritual Warfare. But before you turn up your nose at this, I want you to kn... [Uncategorized]

August 30, 10PM

By Leslie Leyland Fields My father believed in UFO’s deeply, sincerely. He watched the night skies often, ready for a revelation, for the flashing brilliance of an alien in his backyard. His faith in extraterrestrial life never wavered but his believe i... [Uncategorized]

8AM

From Jesus, John 17: My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe th... [Uncategorized]

August 29, 10PM

John Nugent, in his book Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church, comes now to a decisive point in  his proposal: how does the church related to God’s vision of the “better place”? Recall that Nugent sketches thre... [Uncategorized]

2AM

My Place At The Table By Michelle Van Loon, who blogs at patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip and at michellevanloon.com The resolution affirmed by 82% of those voting at the recent triennial gathering of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)... [Uncategorized]

August 28, 10PM

Adrian Goldsworthy. Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.ISBN 0300178824. Review by Michael C Thompson One of the first aspects of life under Roman rule that a beginning New Testament student lear... [Uncategorized]

August 27, 10PM

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who ... [Uncategorized]

8AM

ONE SENTENCE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF THE BOOK! By David George Moore. Dave blogs regularly at www.twocities.org and his videos, which are designed “to make people see,” are at www.mooreengaging.com. My subject line sounds ridiculous, but one sentence is... [Uncategorized]

August 26, 10PM

This is a story about my driver too, and I feel about it the way Jeff Ritter does: Each of the major clubmakers had a spot on the range, as they still do today, and that’s where I had my first Sasquatch sighting. A bogey golfer, I found the square c... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Roger Olson: But the real “meat” of Gushee’s essay seems to be something else and more than that rather obvious claim about disappearing middle ground. Throughout most of the essay he seems to be announcing that people, including conservative Christ... [Uncategorized]

3AM

John Frye’s review of A Man Attested by God, part one. Like many pastors I am intrigued by ongoing scholarship in Jesus studies. Authors like the late Ben F. Meyer, N. T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Larry Hurtado and Richard Bauckman (and many others) ... [Uncategorized]

August 25, 10PM

What was called almsgiving in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, what was throughout church history often called charity is now called compassion or social justice. A theology of charity divided with the Reformation — Catholics and Protestan... [Uncategorized]

August 24, 10PM

So says James Thompson in The Church according to Paul: Rediscovering the Community Conformed to Christ. That is to say, justification transcends personal standing before God and speaks to the unification of Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free, males and ... [church] [Paul]

8AM

From Roger Olson: Review of New Book about Calvinism and Arminianism: Jerry Walls’s Does God Love Everyone: The Heart of What Is Wrong with Calvinism Yesterday I was asked by bright, eager, young Christian student of theology to identify “the one majo... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By Jonathan Storment I want to start a series on Spiritual Warfare for the next few weeks. The series is part review of a great new book I read, and part autobiographical on how helpful I find spiritual warfare terminology as a pastor in a local church. F... [Uncategorized]

August 23, 10PM

John Nugent, in his book Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church, comes now to a decisive point in  his proposal: how does the church related to God’s vision of the “better place”? Recall that Nugent sketches thre... [Uncategorized]

August 22, 10PM

This post introduces to Jesus Creed readers one of my favorite authors, Leslie Leyland Fields. Author of numerous books, including Forgiving our Fathers and Mothers as well as Crossing the Waters. She and her family live in Kodiak Alaska and are commercia... [Uncategorized]

8AM

We live 2-4,000 years removed from what can be called Bible times. Think just for a minute of all that has changed: Life expectancies, relationships of husbands and wives and children and parents and “citizens” and leaders; food and drink; cultures an... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By Michelle Van Loon, patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip at michellevanloon.com There are some very good reasons for church leaders not to trust a congregant. Some are obstructionists, determined to resist all change. Others engage in politicking and cl... [Uncategorized]

August 21, 10PM

When it comes to theology and to practice, grace is sometimes ignored. Yes, of course, those who ignore grace believe in it but either their theology or the practice ignores it. Others use grace against others, what I call grace grinding. That is, grace... [Uncategorized]

11AM

From Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon, Holy Spirit: Stanley is a communicant in a congregation whose baptistery is in the form of a large cross making possible baptism by immersion. … Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Stanley’s church ... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Source: 1. The U.S. women’s relay teams praying live on camera after winning both the 4X100 and the 4X400 meter relays. Not only did our U.S. women’s relay team dominate the 4X100m and the 4X400m relay races, but they prayed live on camera imm... [Uncategorized]

August 20, 10PM

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one Go... [Uncategorized]

August 19, 10PM

Great sports story I saw this week about Archie Manning: Buddy didn’t tell his son that he loved him—it wasn’t in his makeup to reveal the bedrock of his emotions—but Archie understood that his dad was his second-biggest fan, just behind his mom, ... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By John Frye David, the poet-warrior-king wrote a fascinating three act play. It is referred to as David’s “shepherd psalm,” yet it is so much more than that. Psalm 23 is a miniature drama of redemption. Here I part company with Tim Keller’s A She... [Uncategorized]

August 18, 10PM

One of the big surprises of our recent tour of Turkey and Greece, and we are hoping Turkey will calm down to welcome tourists again, was meeting some folks I had not met. One of whom is Nelson Searcy, a leader and networker extraordinaire, who wrote The ... [Pastoring and Leading]

8AM

CNN: Confirmed: US relay team given re-run After lodging an official appeal, the United States 4×100 relay team has been offered a chance of redemption. Allyson Felix had been handing over to English Gardner at the second exchange when she was nudged... [Uncategorized]

August 17, 10PM

… angels? Most of us believe in angels, but “most of us” needs to be emphasized. In one of the most highly respected surveys of what Americans believe The Baylor Survey of Religion asked if Americans believe in angels: 88% of women and 7... [angels]

3AM

I have a good friend named Ibrahim. He is a North African refugee and he works as a guard and compound manager at my home just outside the refugee camp. Nineteen years ago Ibrahim was a younger man living back in his home village across the border. One da... [Uncategorized]

August 16, 10PM

Princeton’s new series of biographies of famous books includes a splendid history of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion by Bruce Gordon. To tell that story requires competency at many levels and Gordon exhibits those competenc... [Uncategorized]

August 15, 10PM

The best way to sort out “what” an Anabaptist is is by finding the stories of Anabaptists. Peter Mommsen’s exceptional study, Homage to a Broken Man, the story of J. Heinrich Arnold, is one of the finest ways to learn what Anabaptism (r... [Uncategorized]

7AM

By Glenn Pemberton, Professor at Abilene Christian University A Teacher’s Prayer Dear God, here they come, twenty, forty, sixty, and more. Oh God, steady my knees, and nail my feet to the floor. Help me radiate confidence, to look as if I know what I’... [Uncategorized]

2AM

Unintended Consequences of the Jesus Movement: The Big Decision By Michelle Van Loon, patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip, michellevanloon.com Earlier this year, I launched an occasional series on my blog looking back on the unintended consequences of t... [Uncategorized]

August 14, 10PM

Of all the terms available, which one did Jesus choose? Here is a list from John Nugent’s fine new book, Endangered Gospel: Salvation, Fullness of time, End of ages, Redemption, New era, End of days, Restoration, New creation, Day of the Lord, Rec... [Uncategorized]

11AM

Source: Sitting for hours has gotten a pretty bad rap of late, and by now most people know that a sedentary lifestyle leads to all sorts of health problems. But new research shows there’s at least one thing you can do during all that time off your feet ... [Uncategorized]

4AM

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through J... [Uncategorized]

August 12, 10PM

What is your favorite performance of the 1st week of the Olympics? Simone Biles: Biles was not just the best gymnast in Rio Olympic Arena. She is, by most reasonable measurements, the best ever. She is so good that any comparison must come from other disc... [Uncategorized]

2AM

Trading the Gospel for Political Pie As I see it, USAmerican evangelicalism is now a distant mirror to 1st century, 2nd Temple Judaism. Or, more correctly, Judaism(s). In this post-Christian era, we have frantic groups longing to return to the Promised La... [Uncategorized]

August 11, 10PM

The question is this: When you are kingdom mission church? What would you add? Or what do you think is the single most important sign of a kingdom mission church? (An outline approach to rethinking kingdom mission, or You are a kingdom mission church when... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Aimee Byrd’s recent post on Denny Burk‘s recent statement is worth a reading of the whole post, but this clip gets to one of the main points of contention: Burk concludes that there is no need for CBMW to get involved in this Trinity stuff any... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Jonathan Merritt: “Character counts.” That was evangelicals’ rallying cry in their all-out assault against Bill Clinton beginning in 1993. In response to what they perceived as widespread moral decline, some religious groups had become aligned with ... [Uncategorized]

August 10, 10PM

Today I want to rethink what we mean by the term “kingdom.”  I see two predominant uses though some might prefer that I saw three; these two are reductions and my terms attempt to get to the essential theme: Social justice: “when good peopl... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Sean Palmer at Missio Alliance: Three Confessions Ms. Clark Said, but Didn’t Say Without examination, many people – of all races – believe in preferable whiteness. It may have been the demythologizing of Caucasian greatness that stunned Gaye Clark ... [Uncategorized]

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The author of this blog post is a missionary in North Africa with Pioneer Bible Translators. She, along with her husband and two little girls, lives on the outskirts of a refugee camp working to facilitate disciple-making, Bible translation and mother ton... [Uncategorized]

August 9, 10PM

The most common question I get about about The King Jesus Gospel book is this one: How do we evangelize now? A friend the other day says to me, “I was talking to a young pastor who likes your book but asked me, ‘What do I say to someone if I ... [Uncategorized]

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Alva Noë: Asking students to leave their devices at the door this is something I don’t feel that I have a right to do. Even when I think, even when I know, that it would be a good thing. Now it would be different if my job as an instructor were lik... [Uncategorized]

August 8, 10PM

At the very heart of rethinking the meaning of gospel, which I do in The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited , is one central question: Is 1 Corinthians 15 the gospel or not? That leads to a chaser question: Is 1 Corinthians a sketch of t... [Uncategorized]

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Jason Micheli is a United Methodist pastor in DC and blogs at www.tamedcynic.org They write out my chemo schedule by hand each month, scribbling the names of my drugs on different days in a curly hybrid of print and cursive, before making photocopies and ... [Uncategorized]

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 By Michelle Van Loon, who blogs at patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip and tweets at michellevanloon.com Once upon a time – and for most of Judeo-Christian history following – there were no Sunday School classes or parachurch youth programs that f... [Uncategorized]

August 7, 10PM

What is conversion? Maybe the better question is When is conversion? Do you think folks convert at a single moment or do you think it happens (for some) over time? Do you think it happens different for different people — some all at once and others ... [Uncategorized]

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Wes Granberg-Michaelson: While Christianity may be on the decline in the United States, the world isbecoming more religious, not less. While rising numbers of “nones” — those who claim no religious affiliation when asked — claim the attention of r... [Uncategorized]

August 6, 10PM

Grant to us, Lord the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,... [Uncategorized]

August 5, 10PM

Well done, Amy: The implication of pieces and postures like Grudem’s this week impacts young evangelicals. Evangelical leaders are going to lose an entire generation of Christians in the wake of our current political and social climate. This is not ... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye Scot McKnight has recently posted on the presentations of the Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy. One of those presenters is Peter Enns. Peaked by these posts, I re-read Enns’ book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending the Scripture Has Made U... [Uncategorized]

August 4, 10PM

From Arise By Rachel Elizabeth Asproth On August 01, 2016 Abuse Recently, there has been a lot of conversation on the relationship between complementarianism and abuse. The conversation was reignited when Ruth Tucker released her book, Black and White Bib... [Uncategorized]

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O. Alan Noble, at CT, has a powerful response to our culture’s obsession — both pro and con and back and forth by both sides — with political correctness. Here is one section; go to the link to see the alternative. In a few cases, politi... [Uncategorized]

August 3, 10PM

Three observations. First, in the history of the church nearly all churches have been creedal, and by that I mean they recite either The Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed (actually, the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed) and they see in the creed th... [Uncategorized]

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I don’t understand why my Democrat friends — at least most of them — will not acknowledge this very serious refusal on the part of Secretary Clinton to admit that what she was said was, as Comey said, “false.” It is her respo... [Uncategorized]

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By Jonathan Storment Today I’d like to introduce you to one of the better books that I have read in the past year.  It has changed some of the ways I do ministry, and the ways I approach leadership as a Christian. I’ve been reviewing this book on my ... [Uncategorized]

August 2, 10PM

There is a dominant and highly-attractive narrative at work among Christian thinkers, and it looks like this: God created a very good world and called humans to look after its wellbeing. Humans acted so sinfully that creation itself was broken, too. In re... [Uncategorized]

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As Deacons, for now. (CNN)Pope Francis has created a commission to study the historical role of female deacons in the Catholic Church, the Vatican’s press office said Monday. The commission was first promised by the Pope after a meeting with a group... [Uncategorized]

August 1, 10PM

Is it a church if that group of people does not celebrate baptism and the Lord’s Supper? What do you think? James Thompson, in his excellent and dense sketch of the church in Paul’s letters (The Church according to Paul), offers this summary o... [Uncategorized]
By Allan Bevere There’s lots of bad stuff going on in the world today. A natural worrywart would have a feast wigging out over what is happening in the world and right here in the good ole’ U.S. of A. How many times I hear people speaking of t... [Uncategorized]

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Instead of coating with Christian make-up Donald Trump’s obvious lack of Christian convictions and character as Wayne Grudem did — in an article with the title that uses words that Trump is a “morally good choice” — he should... [Uncategorized]

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By Michelle Van Loon, who blogs at patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip and who tweets at michellevanloon.com Some in shriveling churches have prayed a form of Ezekiel 37:1-14 for their congregations. The prophet Ezekiel was given a vision of dry bones, a... [Uncategorized]

July 31, 10PM

The issue is that the open theist, who maximizes freedom on the part of God and humans and creation and who believes in miracles, implicates God in the choice to act sometimes for redemption and goodness and at other times not to act. Thus, God has a choi... [Uncategorized]

July 30, 10PM

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,... [Uncategorized]

July 29, 10PM

By Angela Hurst: Angela Hurst is currently the senior teaching pastor at Cross City Church in Richmond, Kentucky. She has served in many different ministerial capacities, has been military officer for twenty-five years and is an active member of the Reser... [Uncategorized]

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Well, the more appropriate term is that I “picked” one salmon from the Fields’ fishing nets on the shore of Harvester Island. This pic is not the fish I picked, but the one I picked is like unto it! (Leslie and Caleb picked two tubs full... [Uncategorized]
By Debbie Fulthorp: Dr. Debbie Fulthorp has been an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God for over fourteen years. Debbie has ministered in over twenty-seven countries. She received her DMin from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. She is wi... [Uncategorized]

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A special review for this Saturday by Annabel Robinson. Seed Falling on Good Soil: Rooting Our Lives in the Parables of Jesus, by Gordon King (from Wipf and Stock) Here is a book that will challenge you to the core. When I picked it up I thought I was rea... [Uncategorized]

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Here is our retreat group – standing at the dock to board our sea planes out to Harvester Island — ready to go. An amazing time with great people pondering friendship around Paul’s own friends. A huge thanks to Leslie Leyland Fields, aut... [Uncategorized]

July 28, 10PM

In the final essay in Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy, John Franke reframes inerrancy through the theological grids of Trinitarian mission and epistemic pluralism. He begins where many have begun, and when I say “many” I mean many people who... [Uncategorized]

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By Katelyn Guichelaar and Kristin Du Mez: You can read more analysis at the link above, but what do you see in what we have excerpted? To begin with, an initial keyword search turned up a significant list of words that were statistically more likely to ap... [Uncategorized]

July 27, 10PM

In a book where the biggest terms are the last two, Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy, the problem is the word “biblical.” If this adjective means “inerrancy of the Bible” we haven’t much of a problem. But even this raises a ... [Uncategorized]

July 26, 10PM

America exports its goods giving it a worldwide influence, including its sports — basketball and (American) football and baseball. Of course baseball is played elsewhere, and baseball in the Dominican is special, but these are American-shaped sports... [Uncategorized]

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Pete Enns: Every Christian who wants to become a political leader should be forced to study the book of Revelation for a year and then pass a test of one simple question: “True or False: The Christian hope will be realized through political means.” Wh... [Uncategorized]

July 25, 10PM

I was at Tyndale House in the early 80s when a well-known evangelical theologian came by to speak about the importance of inerrancy. It was a good and encouraging address, but after the paper a veteran NT scholar leaned over to me and said something like ... [Uncategorized]

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From Christine Gross-Loh: As a doctoral candidate interviewing at a liberal-arts college some years ago, I rambled, waded through pages of notes, and completely lost my train of thought at one point during my job presentation. Even though I was eventually... [education]

July 24, 10PM

The word “inerrancy,” like the word evangelical, beggars clear and compelling definitions and articulations. Many of inerrancy’s proponents don’t believe simpler words — like truth, truthful, trustworthy — adequately ex... [Uncategorized]

July 23, 10PM

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; th... [Uncategorized]

July 22, 10PM

Boom goes Sarah Condon: Several years ago in a galaxy far, far away, in a diocese no one has ever heard of, I attended a conference for parish clergy and the keynote speaker told us we were idiots. Well, he was more subtle than that, but we all felt like ... [Weekly Meanderings]

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A steady diet of satire, which seems to have infected Christian social media during this election season, is soul-destroying, especially when one remains anonymous and especially when it goes on indefinitely about the same person. Why do I say this? Satir... [Uncategorized]

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By Mimi Haddad: On Tuesday, July 12, Alvera Mickelsen was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus. Our beloved leader, mentor, mother, and friend died at the age of ninety-seven. A founder of CBE, she was CBE’s first board chair in 1997, worked with gras... [Women and Ministry]

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From Wikipedia’s opening paragraph: Open communion is the practice of Christian churches that allow individuals other than members of that church to receive Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper). Many but not all chur... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye Book 10 of the ten books that have shaped my life (and ministry) is The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is by Nicholas Thomas Wright. An historian-theologian catapulted me into a dramatically expanded view of Jesus. I conc... [Uncategorized]

July 21, 10PM

By Mimi Haddad: Since my first week at Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE), I’ve heard stories from women who have struggled with their faith in God because they were abused by men. These women were emotionally, physically, sexually, and spiritually ... [Uncategorized]

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Source: So, what is this [barrage of news about violence] doing to us? It depends on the individual, but living in a digitally linked world where broadcasts of violence are instantaneous and almost commonplace means that many of us are becoming desensitiz... [Uncategorized]

July 20, 10PM

In a previous post we looked at Thomas Jay Oord’s sketch of theories of providence — 1. God is the Omnicause. 2. God empowers and overpowers. 3. God is voluntarily self-limited. 4. God is essentially kenotic. [Oord’s view] 5. God sustains as... [Uncategorized]

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We need a mission to restore dignity, and Mel Lawrenz’s editorial in Milwaukee is a good start. Dignity transcends words; dignity can only be embodied, and words that are dis-embodied deny dignity. Blood on the ground produces panic and confusion an... [Uncategorized]

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Travis Gettys: When police officers were called to investigate a tent set up outside a Georgia college, they didn’t expect to find inspiration. The officers were called July 9 to a campsite near a Gordon State College parking lot, where they found a 19-... [Uncategorized]

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By Zane Witcher, university minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene Texas. A couple of months ago, I exited out of a season many of you are familiar with.  It was the closing of one chapter and the opening of the next.  To walk out of the ... [Uncategorized]

July 19, 10PM

In our last post on John Nugent’s fine new book, called Endangered Gospel, we saw that Nugent sketches three “visions of a better place,” with the fourth and his view not yet articulated. 1. The Heaven-Centered View 2. The Human-Center... [Uncategorized]

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Story after story today has been about the source of Melania Trump’s speech. You can see a good graphic of it here. As someone who got his academic chops doing source and redaction criticism on the Gospels, I conclude that Melania’s speech ow... [Uncategorized]

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Here is an exceptional set of data put into graphic and interactive forms, along with good stories in the Menu. Worth a Bookmark. This interactive graphic is part of our project exploring the more than 33,000 annual gun deaths in America and what it would... [Uncategorized]

July 18, 10PM

… Ruth Tucker’s Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife. Complementarianism, as popularly taught in the CBMW crowd, is falling apart at the seams. Traditional complementarians, like Aimee Byrd here, are weighing and some of its so-called l... [Uncategorized]

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Source: NEW YORK — At the John Varvatos show, models did not wear grandpa socks with their sandals. But they were among the few. Image This is a trend for spring 2017. It is not necessarily an awful trend. There is something comforting and proudly nerdi... [Uncategorized]

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By Michelle Van Loon whom you can see at patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip  and at michellevanloon.com In the wake a week where Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa lost their... [Uncategorized]

July 17, 10PM

By Allan Bevere, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary and a UMC pastor. No matter how times we talking kingdom and kingdom politics, American Christians — progressive and conservative — have aligned themselves with the po... [Uncategorized]

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Source: CLIFTON, N.J. –  An aspiring nun who was told she couldn’t enter a convent until her student loan debt was paid off has used an online appeal to get the money. Alida Taylor, 28, was accepted to join the Sisters of Life in New York City in... [Uncategorized]

July 16, 10PM

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask;... [Uncategorized]

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By Dave Moore Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians! Chris Armstrong is a historian who serves as the founding director of Opus: The Art of Work, an institute on faith and vocation at Wheaton College. The following interview centers around Armstrong’s t... [Uncategorized]

July 15, 10PM

Capi Lynn: SALEM, Ore. — A mystery philanthropist has been spreading cheer one $100 bill at a time for more than three years in and around Salem, Ore. He randomly hides the bills to be found at stores, markets, fairs and festivals, surprising and delig... [Uncategorized]

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Denmark leads the way: [Officers] Link and Aarslev are crime prevention officers. They usually deal with locals who are drawn to right-wing extremism, or gangs. The landscape of global terrorism was completely new to them. But they decided to take it on. ... [Uncategorized]

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Northern Seminary is pleased to announce that the Apprentice Institute and faculty of Northern Seminary have partnered to deliver a Doctor of Ministry in Transformative Discipleship. This program is intentionally designed for Christian leaders who desire ... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye For my 9th book of ten that have shaped my life, I’d like to bind two books together and consider them as one. The two books are by Scot McKnight. (I’m not including them because Scot is a friend and this is his blog site. I write about t... [Uncategorized]

July 14, 10PM

By Tim Suttle “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which r... [Uncategorized]

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Source: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (D) stood next to Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and dropped an extremely uncomfortable reality check: Open Carry, the movement pushed with near-fanatical obsession by Texas Republicans, not only did nothing to help st... [Uncategorized]

July 13, 10PM

How does God engage in a meaningful relationship with humans and not change? And if God changes, are we to think of God in what is now called an “open and relational” theology? In the last post on Thomas Jay Oord’s book  The Uncontrolli... [Uncategorized]

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By Jonathan Storment I go to church with a lot of people who have bad teeth. It is one of the reasons I love the church where I get to preach. That may sound odd, but if you don’t go to a church that is filled with cavities or dentures, I think somethin... [Uncategorized]

July 12, 10PM

Identity enters us from a variety of angles: for some it is some kind of inner self, for others it is one’s vocational passion, for others it is successes — physical, financial, possessions, for others it is one’s social status, for othe... [Uncategorized]

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On our tour of Paul’s and John’s Footsteps through Turkey and Greece, we cruised from Kusadasai (near Ephesus) to Patmos, Crete and Santorini before we made a night cruise into the harbor at Athens. Some pictures from these segments of our tou... [Uncategorized]

July 11, 10PM

In his well-known book, To Change the World, James Davison Hunter argued that the way to change the world is (1) to gather elite people (2) who are close to the power, who (3) are part of large networks and (4) who have abundant resources (5) to press fo... [Uncategorized]

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OK, Cards fans listen up! Cubs fans, listen up! A student of mine is a friend of Whitey Herzog, famed coach of the St Louis Cardinals, and he autographed a baseball for me. Which being interpreted, means: To Scot, A Cubs fan is never a front runner. My ve... [Uncategorized]

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Emmanuel Felton: Vocational tracks may be as old as public schools themselves, but what’s new in Kentucky is an accountability system that puts college and career on the same footing. Schools get a point for getting a student ready for college or a poin... [Uncategorized]

July 10, 10PM

Some pastors, preachers, professors, and parishioners will announce they have “no creed but the Bible.” One of America’s Reformed church historians, Carl Trueman, has a book challenging both the accuracy of this statement (we all have cr... [Uncategorized]

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Race tension is intractable in the USA, but that does mean there isn’t hope — for there. The place to begin is in the church, and it is in the church that we have the opportunity to embody a multiracial body of Christ and “experimentR... [Uncategorized]

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O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives an... [Uncategorized]

July 8, 10PM

Annette Brill Bergstresser: When [oft-imprisoned and blind] Matt [Yeater] became a student at AMBS in the fall of 2013, he faced higher hurdles at seminary than most students, both in terms of accessibility and academics. He had never studied languages be... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye, #8 in his series of Top Ten Books in his life. You’re seated in a prayer circle of seven people. Other prayer circles dot the sanctuary. A young man in your circle begins to offer a litany of unexpected hardships, bouts of anxiety, his own... [Uncategorized]

July 7, 10PM

From time to time I read a blog or hear someone call another person a “heretic.” Recently a blog friend asked me how I would define “heretic” or “heresy.” Yes, the term “heretic” can be defined. How do you d... [Uncategorized]

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The issue is the number or percentage of African American males shot by police is DISPROPORTIONATE.   [Uncategorized]

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Jonathan Merritt: When Tobin Grant, political-science professor at Southern Illinois University, analyzed General Social Survey data from 2006, he found that nearly half of evangelical Christians agreed with this statement: “It is much better for everyo... [Uncategorized]

July 6, 10PM

My colleague at Northern, Geoff Holsclaw, whose dissertation was accepted for publication in a series edited by arch-Trinitarian theologian Lewis Ayres, has responded to Bruce Ware’s recent post. Geoff has provided the whole of Ware’s post so ... [Uncategorized]

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Lucy Peppiatt, at the link you can read the rest of her post (pros and cons): I’ve never really understood why all Christians aren’t charismatics, at least in theory. It simply means that we believe that God shapes his church by the power of the Spiri... [Uncategorized]

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Cassandra Vinograd: The family of a black man shot multiple times by police during a confrontation at a Louisiana convenience store called for an independent investigation and officials to resign in the wake of cellphone video showing the chilling inciden... [Uncategorized]

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By Danielle Lair who is the Children’s Minister at the Sycamore View Church of Christ “We journey as co-pilgrims with children, side-by-side teaching, enriching, inviting, and inspiring all who have been called to participate. The kingdom pilgrimage ... [Uncategorized]

July 5, 10PM

There are a number of realities that bump into God’s providence, or God’s superintending guidance of the world. What does it mean for God to love us? Is this a one-way gushing flow of God’s love to us without impact on God? Is one-way lo... [Uncategorized]

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Kirsten Powers: Political correctness is generally understood to be, as the Oxford Dictionary defines it, “the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult grou... [Uncategorized]

July 4, 10PM

What does it mean to be “Nicene”? I am not patristic scholar and I make no suggestion of it in what follows but, rather, I want to sketch the conclusions of one who is: Lewis Ayres, in his exceptional study Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach ... [Uncategorized]

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By Marilyn Price-Mitchell: The 4th of July rarely passes without my remembering one of the most moving renditions of the Star Spangled Banner I’ve ever witnessed. It made me proud to live in small-town America and to be connected to something great... [Uncategorized]

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Many pastors today are struggling with a topic and it’s a tough one to bring up in the church. Many don’t know where to go or what to do, but it’s basically this: Many today are uncomfortable, in fact downright wondering if it is idolatr... [Uncategorized]

July 3, 10PM

Today is July 4th, the day the USA celebrates Independence Day and the concept of socio-political freedom. Today’s post contains a prayer and the Declaration of Independence. My own political views about justice and freedom have appeared here and th... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

I had never heard of Elie Wiesel until I read Night, and I have never forgot him. Night takes the listening reader to the depths of despair — to the place where no words dare enter — but goes beyond that place, deeply wounded and ripped apar... [Uncategorized]

July 2, 10PM

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lor... [Uncategorized]

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One reads a piece like this from The Spectator and, assuming some general accuracy, one wonders if the liberal machine is listening to the poor: The most striking thing about Britain’s break with the EU is this: it’s the poor wot done it. Council-es... [Uncategorized]

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Here are some pictures from our brief stay in Istanbul, which at the time that concerns me most was called Constantinople. I begin with three pictures of Hagia Sophia. Now from the Museum in Istanbul. All leading to the opportunity to speak briefly in fro... [Uncategorized]

July 1, 3AM

This is what Albert Mohler says: Clearly, there can be no eternal subordination in terms of being. That would deny what the Nicene Creed affirms and affirm what it denies. But describing the social dimensions of the Trinity is far more difficult. I declin... [Uncategorized]
By John Frye In the late 1980s and early 1990s an intriguing question burst into the evangelical conversation: what is the gospel? Many evangelism ministries were taken back as if saying, “Are you kidding us? We all know what the gospel is. It can be pa... [Uncategorized]

June 30, 10PM

Mary Stromer Hanson is a recent graduate of Denver Seminary with an MA in NT biblical studies. She is a longtime member of CBE and active in the Denver chapter. She is the author of The New Perspective on Mary and Martha: Do Not Preach Mary and Martha Aga... [Uncategorized]

June 29, 3AM

Lauren Ward-Reed holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Text from Abilene Christian University. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s of Divinity at Brite Divinity School. She loves reading, hiking, coffee, and traveling. You can follow her b... [Uncategorized]

June 28, 7AM

From The Tennessean: When Pat Summitt announced in August of 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, the Tennessee women’s basketball coaching legend pointedly said, “It’s not going to keep me from li... [Uncategorized]

June 27, 3AM

When Fading Away Becomes “Done” By Michelle Van Loon, patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip, michellevanloon.com “Who will officiate at my funeral?” My friend Liz asked this question during a pause in our conversation earlier this week. “I don... [Uncategorized]

June 26, 10PM

By Charles Colton Allen, Biblical Studies Student and Student Fellow of the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement at Liberty University, Member of Reformed Episcopal Church. @CCAllen27 The gospel should never be reduced to simply a message of per... [Uncategorized]
From Bruce Ellis Benson: Still, my question boils down to this: are evangelical colleges at risk of sliding from neo-evangelicalism to something like “neo-fundamentalism”? In other words, are evangelical colleges (or perhaps evangelicals in general) m... [Uncategorized]

June 25, 10PM

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptab... [Uncategorized]

June 24, 7AM

By Aimee Byrd: I don’t see how CBMW can move forward from this in a healthy way without cleaning house and publicly apologizing to those it has misled. How can CBMW speak to a culture with “widespread uncertainty and confusion in our culture regarding... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye: The second book in the 1980s that profoundly influenced me and my ministry is Eugene H. Peterson, Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work. Think of all the phrases: paradigm shift, game changer, a new way of seeing, where have I been all my lif... [Uncategorized]

June 23, 10PM

By Jamin Hübner at CBE: As many of you are aware, a particular debate involving the doctrine of the Trinity is causing no little stir in American evangelicalism. This past Thursday (June 16, 2016) Christianity Today even felt it necessary to write a pri... [Uncategorized]

June 22, 10PM

By Erin Ortega, at Arise Complementarians confidently assert that husbands are the God-ordained leaders of their families. As leaders, they have the right and responsibility to make final decisions in the home. I will refer to this husbandly right as the ... [Uncategorized]

June 21, 10PM

By Jonathan Storment: A few weeks ago, during a sermon at Highland (the Church I serve), I told a story about something that happened last year with my (then) 6 year old daughter, Eden. It was, what I thought, a really cute story about her running onto th... [Uncategorized]
By Geoff Holsclaw, pastor at Life on the Vine and colleague at Northern Seminary. Does the Trinity really matter to our regular lives?  And with this supposed “trinitarian revival” of the last 75 years, what are the options? Have things really chang... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Newser: (NEWSER) – The “happiness penalty” between parents and nonparents in the U.S. — that is, in which nonparents report being happier than their counterparts — is wider than in any of the other 21 countries researchers have analyzed... [Uncategorized]

June 20, 10PM

By Ben Irwin: I’d been working for an evangelical publisher for almost five years. I loved my job. I loved publishing Bibles — and I published a lot of them. Study Bibles. Youth Bibles. Audio Bibles. We had a Bible for everyone…or at least we aspire... [Uncategorized]

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Source Stream contributor Eric Metaxas has a provocative new book out this week,If You Can Keep It, which explores the forgotten connections between faith-based virtues and the survival of freedom in America. Are Americans virtuous enough to keep up a f... [Uncategorized]

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An Ode To The Saint James Devotional Guide, By Michelle Van Loon patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip michellevanloon.com When my husband and I went to our first home school convention in 1992, we expected to discover curriculum and how-to’s. My husband... [Uncategorized]

June 19, 10PM

In my little book A Long Faithfulness I outlined how I think the Book of Hebrews prohibits our thinking of God in terms of meticulous providence (God being the agent and cause of all things, including tragedies and deaths and birth defects and sexual abu... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Source: In short, fatherhood is hot, and so is the science behind it. Researchers say men are biologically wired to be fathers — and children are innately and uniquely responsive to their fathers. This has enormous implications for the health of childre... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Source: The mayor wished them happy birthdays. So did their ­congresswoman. And their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Even Oprah sent them a video message saying happy birthday. It’s not every day that someon... [Uncategorized]

June 18, 10PM

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Hol... [Uncategorized]

June 17, 10PM

This! (Wow.) Emma was a great cook and I will never forget the first lunch she made for us. Mom and Dad came home for lunch and as we sat to eat Emma was nowhere to be found. Dad found her in the living room eating by herself. He took her by the arm and... [Uncategorized]

7AM

We are now spending more monthly at restaurants and drinking establishments than at grocery stores. Yowzers. [Uncategorized]

2AM

By John Frye   Jesus Roiling His World Ministry in the 1980s included a two year teaching opportunity on the faculty of Moody Bible Institute and being called as pastor to Bella Vista Church, Rockford, MI, where I served 24 years. You can imagine the... [Uncategorized]

June 16, 10PM

I’ve been asked more than once What do you say, then, when you are calling people to … here the words matter but I don’t want to parse them at this point … decision? The Sinner’s Prayer is neither here nor there; it’s ... [Uncategorized]

June 15, 10PM

1. Green: baseball is played on a green field; hockey on white ice. 2. Wrigley, Fenway, Yankee Stadium: name one interesting hockey place. 3. Names: Babe Ruth, Pee Wee Reese, Ernie Banks vs. Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr. 4. Scoring: single, doubl... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By Joe James, the Education minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas SMcK: I want to express my gratitude to Joe James for this exceptional set of solid discussions about the praxis of table. Trusting the Table (5) – The Church... [Uncategorized]

June 14, 10PM

The heavyweights have now weighed in about the Subordinationism (eternal functional subordination of the Son to the Father), and this weighing in doesn’t even have to deal with the desire to connect male authority and female subordination/obedience ... [Uncategorized]

9AM

A wonderful new translation of the (=my) Story of God Bible Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount is now available through Ecclesia Books in Korea. Always a red letter today to see these translations, and others in the series are to follow: [Uncategorized]

June 13, 10PM

These sorts of theological debates, those between the Subordinationists like Bruce Ware at Southern Seminary and Wayne Grudem in Phoenix, reveal not only what one teaches under the sharpening knife of fellow theologians, but they also reveal how folks res... [Uncategorized]

9AM

From Archbishop Justin Welby: In the wake of the appalling attack in Orlando, I’ve released this joint statement with the Archbishop of York John Sentamu: “After Sunday’s attack in Orlando, as Christians we must speak out in support of LGBTI peo... [Uncategorized]

7AM

The whole post, articulate to the core, by Darren Sumner is well worth your attention, exposing as it does Bruce Ware’s faulty method and faulty theology. (6) A methodological critique:  Where does this idea of an “authority-submission structure... [Uncategorized]

2AM

How I’m Learning To Love God With My Mind, By Michelle Van Loon patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip michellevanloon.com My Jewish parents used to tell me that the one thing “they” couldn’t take from me was an education. As I grew older, I learn... [Uncategorized]

June 12, 10PM

My colleague and friend Claude Mariottini is a fan of comparing translations and thus also of the textual tradition. Just in case you wonder what I’m going on about with that for the title of the post here it is: Two women in the NT were given ̶... [Uncategorized]

2PM

Prayed today by Graham Cole at Church of the Redeemer: Loving God, whose Son was both victim and victor, we cry to you for the victims of violence. Be with them in confusion and pain. Heal the wounds of body and mind; break open the prisons of fear, self-... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

BCP with Fr Kevin Maney: O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled befo... [Uncategorized]

6AM

June 11, 10PM

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you a... [Uncategorized]

6AM

The debate between the eternal subordinationists and eternal generationists (the orthodox position of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed) rumbles on. Mark Jones, at Mortification of Spin, tosses in a rather piercing warning — this view of Ware and ... [Uncategorized]

June 10, 10PM

Today is Graduation Day at Northern Seminary, and without Kris’s link-finder on high detection radar this week this post would be empty. Thank you Kris! Trudy Smith, her journey out of church and then… I continued to journey alongside other Ch... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Source: As digital media blunts the impact of advertising, brands are looking for new ways to lure consumers. The latest, buzziest effort has been to publish stories that look and feel journalistic. The key strategy of branded content or “native adv... [Uncategorized]

3AM

L’Abri or not L’Abri, by John Frye [SMcK: Francis Schaefffer’s critique of the American church was hugely influential on me, too, as a college student. I read all his books through No Little People.] Scot McKnight suggested that I write about t... [Uncategorized]

June 9, 10PM

The battle rumbles along: one side of the historic Reformed have announced that the complementarian–focused Bruce Ware and Wayne Grudem have a faulty theory of the Trinity, and they have come back to announce they are fully orthodox. The issue here ... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Megan McDonough: [SMcK: Yes, I’m biased. Yes, I stand at my desk.] Are standing desks as beneficial as they are trendy? According to a new study by Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health, they are — but not just... [Uncategorized]

June 8, 10PM

I speak here of the eternal subordination of the Son, of a teaching that some Reformed theologians are saying fellow Reformed types are not only not consistent with the Reformed tradition but are flirting with idolatry if not heresy. There are three posts... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Ann Voskamp: (go to think link to read her whole, exceptional post) Son. When the prevailing thinking is boys will be boys — girls will be garbage. When the prevailing thinking is boys will be boys — girls will be garbage. And that is never the heart ... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Source: After 12 years as principal of Clintondale High School, Greg Green had a bad feeling: He knew his school was failing its students. Especially the at-risk ones. Only 63% of the kids at Clintondale went on to college, and 35% didn’t even make ... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By Joe James, the Education minister at the SouthSide Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas. Trusting the Table (4): Let Them Grow Together “Trusting the Table” is my name for the Third Way in a world that pulls us in two directions: conservative and pr... [Uncategorized]

June 7, 10PM

John 3:16 is the Church’s most favorite Bible verse. In it one finds the heart of the Gospel of John, the heart of God for humans and the heart of Jesus for everyone. This most popular of Bible verses then is the heart of God in the heart of the Bib... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Jonathan Merritt, at RNS, writes about TGC’s habit of blocking its critics, and I have no idea if I’m blocked or not. Blocking is needed in the blog world, but in 12+ years of blogging here at Jesus Creed I’ve had to block less than 15 p... [Uncategorized]

June 6, 10PM

To catch how radical his vision really was, we need to enter into a different worldview and a different mindset — we need to go back, and behind where we usually go, to the world of Paul to see what he was actually trying to accomplish. As James Tho... [church]

8AM

From Cleveland Clinic: Throughout the ages, people have wondered and invented explanations – some reasonable and some quite far-fetched – as to why we yawn, hiccup and get goosebumps. Centuries ago, people claimed hiccups meant a growth spurt for chil... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By Jameelah Rheaves, one of our Northern students. At times a paper for a class comes across my desk that I say, “This has to be shared with a wider public, beginning with my blog.” Jameelah’s review of Vashti McKenzie’s book was s... [Uncategorized]
By Michelle Van Loon patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip or michellevanloon.com I don’t know how to go to a church service anymore. I spent a lot of time during the 1990’s writing and occasionally producing skits for church services, as well as a fe... [Uncategorized]

June 5, 10PM

By Craig Keener, professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, is author of twenty books including Paul, Women & Wives, The IVP Bible Background Commentary, and, most recently with his wife, Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Mirac... [Uncategorized]

11AM

NPR, by Cory Turner: What made Mozart great? Or Bobby Fischer? Or Serena Williams? The answer sits somewhere on the scales of human achievement. On one side: natural talent. On the other: hard work. Many would argue that success hangs in some delicate bal... [Uncategorized]

4AM

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, a nd by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and... [Uncategorized]

June 4, 9AM

I will remember Muhammad Ali for his clowning around as much as his boxing. [Uncategorized]
From my foreword to C. Christopher Smith, Reading for the Common Good: At a recent party at a friend’s home, a home we call Crickhollow, a bundle of folks from Church of the Redeemer engaged in what we do at parties: casual conversations, and not a... [Uncategorized]

7AM

You are What You Love: Nagging Questions By David George Moore. Dave’s interview show and other media can be found at www.mooreengaging.com. James K.A. Smith (aka Jamie) writes with insight and verve. He is a deep thinker who wants us to know that there... [Uncategorized]

June 3, 10PM

The Top Ten Worst airports in the USA? [SMcK: I rank the worst to be LaGuardia and LAX second. Best airport experience for us? Savannah GA.] To hear frequent flyers wax poetic about Singapore’s Changi Airport, you would think that the airport itself... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Nicholas Kristof: As I see it, there are three good reasons for universities to be more welcoming not just to women or blacks, but also to conservatives. First, stereotyping and discrimination are wrong, whether against gays or Muslims, or against conserv... [education]

7AM

Sam Dean: For most people, essay writing becomes a thing of the past as soon as they step out of university and prepare themselves for the world of work. But for others, the dissertation is just the beginning. That is because it has become increasingly ea... [education]

2AM

By John Frye I unearthed a surprising feature about my spiritual journey as I sought to select two books that shaped my spiritual journey in the 1970s. In my early years as a Christian, I was vulnerable to God leading me through books about missionary mar... [Uncategorized]

June 2, 10PM

There is far more here – in this letter from a missionary kid to parents of missionary kids – than just what happens for missionary kids.  Go to the link to read the whole letter. Danica is an MK from the Solomon Islands, who now has found he... [Uncategorized]
Here’s my thesis, plain and simple as the truth: You cannot read 1 Timothy 2’s statements about women in a way that nullifies, diminishes, or silences the prophetic, praying, teaching, and apostle-ing voices of women in the (mostly) Pauline ch... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Ben Casselman, 538: The image of the 20-something still living in his parents’ basement has become a well-worn media trope in recent years. And unlike some commonclaims about millennials, this one is true — today’s young people really are living at ... [Uncategorized]

7AM

By Steve Cuss — read it to the end and you’ll be blessed: For the last 11 years I have owned only one suit. I bought it shortly after my phone rang in Spring 2005.  Our dear friend Kathy was riding in a car from South Dakota to Las Vegas whe... [Uncategorized]

June 1, 10PM

One of the most intense theological themes in my life was a period — of about four years — when all things eschatological were most important to me, including the Rapture: Was it pre trib, mid trib, or post trib?  As a young professor no long... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Roger Simon, Commentary: The short form is this: What you believe, or claim to believe or say you believe — not what you do or how you act  or what the results of your actions may be — defines you as a person and makes you look “good.... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By Joe James, education minister at SouthSide Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas Trust the Table (3): The Parable of Bina 48 “Trusting the table” is my way of trying to say that the Christian Church in America cannot afford to sell out to eit... [Uncategorized]

May 31, 11PM

Source: On June 2, people across the country will wear orange as a sign of their commitment to diminishing the scourge of gun violence that besets the United States. The movement was born in mourning on the south side of Chicago, and Bishop Jeffrey Lee ... [Uncategorized]

10PM

More than 33,000 Americans have been shot already in 2015. More than 8500 have died from these gunshots. [Source] This week the horrific murdering of Alison Parker and Adam Ward gained all the attention, or I should say, the murder of Alison Parker gained... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Thoughts? Alarmist? Politics? Serious? Source: The summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved “in the name of public health” due to the widening Zika outbreak in Brazil, more than 100 prominent doctors and professors s... [Uncategorized]

May 30, 8AM

By Carl Trueman: As the breakdown in civic discourse continues apace, it is refreshing to read John Inazu’s Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference—a welcome call for a more constructive public square. But sadly I fear its... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Source: LONGVIEW, Texas – In preparation for Memorial Day Monday, a Longview, Texas, Girl Scout troop spent a couple hours placing hundreds of flags on veterans’ graves. For five years now, Longview Girl Scout Troop 2473 has been placing ... [Uncategorized]

3AM

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love... [Uncategorized]

May 29, 10PM

This is Mother Theresa’s version of the “St Francis” Prayer, and it can guide us as we remember those who have lost their lives in service to their country: Make us worthy Lord to serve others throughout the world, who live and die in po... [Uncategorized]

May 28, 10PM

O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with yo... [Uncategorized]

7AM

The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith Timothy Larsen is McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College. He’s been a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. Some of the research for this new book was conducted while a V... [Uncategorized]

May 27, 10PM

Great story from Arielle Aronson: Jason Heyward was quick to share the wealth after he signed an eight-year, $184 million contract with the Chicago Cubs in December. According to Bleacher Report, one of Heyward’s first moves after locking up the new... [Uncategorized]

7AM

The Spectator: A landmark in national life has just been passed. For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to have no religion have exceeded the number of Christians in Britain. Some 44 per cent of us regard ourselves as Christian... [Uncategorized]

2AM

Vital Pursuit, by John Frye Surreptitiously guided by God to Moody Bible Institute by the magnet of becoming a missionary aviation pilot, I encountered doubts and confusion about that “call” [last week’s post]. Wisely counseled by a professor, I swi... [Uncategorized]

May 26, 10PM

At lunch Wednesday with two new and very enjoyable friends one observed my fountain pen, which he recognized as a Pelikan (which is immediate friendship for me), we had a few moments to share the feel of three nice pens. I could go on.. but won’t. I... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Patricia Miller, with RD: What McClendon overlooks is that the years that women’s church attendance began to decline are the very years when religious leaders in the Catholic Church and the evangelical movement fused religion with the culture wars, with... [Uncategorized]

May 25, 10PM

By Michelle Van Loon: What do these people have in common? The single woman in her mid-thirties with $40,000 worth of seminary debt now working as an office manager for a software vendor. The former youth pastor now installing replacement windows for a ho... [Uncategorized]
By Jason Micheli Memorial Day Weekend is approaching. Memorial Day, though it’s not a Christian holy day and though we won’t change out the paramant colors to observe it, it’s a tricky time for preachers of the Gospel. It’s tricky not because the... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By Joe James My first post in this series was aimed at exposing an unnecessary divide in Christianity. I believe that the church cannot afford to adopt either a conservative or a progressive worldview. At the end of this series, I will propose a third way... [Uncategorized]

May 23, 10PM

By Michelle Van Loon: The lights dim, and the band takes the stage.The worship leader welcomes the crowd with a boisterous “Hey, how’s everyone doin’? Great to see you all!” before the band slips into a booming, clever cover of a pop song, then se... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Tom Jacobs: The point has been made by everyone from neuroscientists to foul-mouthedsinging puppets: If you really want to be happy, set aside your own desires and help others. But do we really believe it, and do we, in fact, behave accordingly? If your a... [Uncategorized]

3AM

Branding is one of those terms that have crept up on us and caught us unawares and now it seems here to stay. Occasionally my publishers — never my editors — have spoken about “branding” me and it just seems so slimy to me. Faithfu... [Uncategorized]

May 22, 10PM

For a little over five years, I served as a lead pastor. I loved this position, but circumstances beyond my control (here is my story) have placed me on the other side of the pulpit these past few years. My search for a lead pastorate as a woman remains d... [Uncategorized]

May 21, 10PM

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and w... [Uncategorized]

7AM

The Bible in the Contemporary World: Interview with Richard Bauckham Richard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is also senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and a fellow of both the B... [Uncategorized]

May 20, 10PM

Mark J. Perry: Has the middle income sector shrunk? Yes. Where did it go? Upward! Bottom Line: Over the last nearly 50 years, one of the most impressive (and unreported) gains for US households has been the three-fold increase (from 8.1% in 1967 to nearly... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Source: [London School of Economics, LSE] Overseas volunteering is also extremely popular amongst students. Making a difference whilst forming new friendships in an exotic location; who wouldn’t be tempted by that? Volunteer tourism, voluntourism, volu... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By John Frye Priority of Passion Immediately intrigued by One-T Scot’s suggestion, it fascinated me to select some books that created landmark moments in my spiritual journey. One-T nudged me to think of life-shaping books. Like most of the One-T Saloon... [Uncategorized]

May 19, 10PM

Like Chris Wright’s stuff on God’s mission? Check this out: Chris was exploring a biblical theology of mission, engaging along the way with contested ideas of mission, and criticisms of his own approach as outlined most fully of course in his ... [Uncategorized]

May 18, 10PM

The Bible you carry is a political act. By “Bible” I mean the Translation of the Bible you carry is a political act. Because the Bible you carry is a political act the rhetoric about other translations is more politics than it is reality. The ... [Uncategorized]

7AM

From USA Today: Washington, D.C., is the fittest city in the United States for the third year in a row, according to a ranking of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country. The nation’s capital was closely followed byMinneapolis-St. Paul and Denv... [Uncategorized]

3AM

Why the Church Cannot Afford to Be Either Conservative or Progressive, by Joe James, the education minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas. Being a minister in 2016 presents a host of challenges. But perhaps the most difficult line f... [Uncategorized]

May 17, 10PM

As in 25 hours per day and 8 days per week, which is a way of saying, too much too much too much. Too often too often too often. Deep in the heart of God is Sabbath, a day of rest. 24 hours, not just Sunday morning, but one whole day. Sundown to sundown. ... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Molly Jo Rose: On my desk sits a stack of flyers for summer day camps. The options are mind-numbing: Superhero camp, Inventor’s camp, Minecraft camp, STEM camp, even camp for kids who like to run. The thought of weeding through them is paralyzing, so I ... [Uncategorized]

May 16, 10PM

The church has fallen on hard times. Some have checked out, some have fought back. Both are responding to the hard times. James Thompson, in his well-researched book The Church according to Paul: Rediscovering the Community Conformed to Christ, opens wit... [church]

8AM

Courtesy of: The Expert Editor [Uncategorized]

3AM

It is perhaps not as well known as it might be that James D.G. Dunn, who was the earliest driver for exploring the conclusions of E.P. Sanders’ famous Paul and Palestinian Judaism for the apostle Paul’s theology and mission, is a Wesleyan or ... [Uncategorized]

May 15, 10PM

The following is an email correspondence between Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City, and David George Moore. Dave blogs at www.twocities.org Dear Tim, I have read several of your books and benefited greatly from each one.  I am ... [Uncategorized]

1PM

Here’s a good one, but what is your favorite graduation story? AP Story: LOS ANGELES (AP) –  It took more than 60 years but a University of Southern California student has finally received his diploma. Ninety-six-year-old Alfonso Gonzales receive... [Uncategorized]

May 14, 10PM

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through ... [Uncategorized]

8AM

  Mike Woodruff is senior pastor of Christ Church in Lake Forest, IL.  He has served in that capacity since 2003.  Healthy and fitness focused, Mike had a freak accident which upended the trajectory of his life. The following interview is conducted... [Uncategorized]

May 13, 10PM

And they were laughing at me in my classes when I said in 2015 the Cubs would compete and in 2016 they could compete for the World Series. I’m not saying World Series yet, but what I am saying is that these Cubs are for real. CHICAGO—There is West... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Both The Blue Parakeet and The King Jesus Gospel have been revised — second editions — and each has a new chapter. A new chapter on Junia for Blue Parakeet. A new chapter on revivalism for The King Jesus Gospel. I’m grateful Zonderva... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Jack Levison: How do we prep for something as important as Pentecost? First, we take care of business that might get between us and the work of the Holy Spirit. That’s what Jesus’ earliest followers did. When Jesus left, an angel barked, “Why do you... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By John Frye: Preaching and Love Seared into my memory is a bad sermon I heard once. I cannot get past the glaring contradiction of the communicator’s words and his facial expression and hand gesture. I see a man shaking his fist at the congregation, s... [Uncategorized]

May 12, 10PM

Nicholas Kristof essayed in the NYTimes that universities are not only havens for progressive and liberal thought but also places that alienate conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, and there is a hiring and empowering bias against conservati... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Harvard: Which leads to a simple question: But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now?  Of course not: mass migration into the heart of an outbreak is a public health no-brainer.  And given t... [Uncategorized]

May 11, 10PM

Mary and Me On May 4, 2016, Mary Kassian published a review of my book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife. Her review was in many ways similar to reviews of others who hold fast to the doctrine of male headship. The final paragraph, however, was ... [Love and Marriage]

3AM

By Jovan Barrington Share Good Stories – A Better Way to Inspire “If we don’t have good stories then what are we doing here?” This is the mantra we use as a church staff to open up each of our staff meetings. We are inspired by good stories and we... [Uncategorized]

May 10, 10PM

From Josh Butler, The Pursuing God. A beautiful re-presentation of the gospel’s saving narrative. Please pass this on. I once had a vision of an artist painting a masterpiece. With lavish brushstrokes and bold strikes, he threw splashes of rich, be... [Uncategorized]

May 9, 10PM

Stacy Rinehart, author of Upside Down, observed that “there is an epidemic of power leadership loose in churches and ministry organizations today. Power leaders are so common that we’ve lost our immunity to this style of leadership.” Th... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Source: For the past five years the media has been speculating about whether a very low-calorie diet, pursued for a limited time, can ‘reset the clock’ for many type 2 diabetics, following a study on 11 diabetic patients in 2011. The initial results w... [Uncategorized]

2AM

He’s done it again. Josh Butler has a second book: The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying to Bring Us Home. This book, Pursuing God, is nothing less than an explanation of the gospel of God’s pursuing lo... [Atonement] [gospel]

May 8, 10PM

In his essay on the “Three Paths to Salvation of Paul the Jews,” in Paul the Jew, Gabriele Boccaccini contends the Lutheran Paul was successfully challenged by the new perspective but the new perspective did not escape the charge of supersessi... [Paul]

11AM

Wonderful coffee — I rate I Have a Bean coffee right next, if not above, Intelligentsia and Hansa Coffee: he Second Chance Coffee Company’s “I Have a Bean” in Wheaton, formed in 2007, is a for-profit business that percolated from ... [Uncategorized]

May 7, 10PM

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone be... [Uncategorized]

8AM

The following description of Bill Hull comes from his web site: “Bill Hull’s passion is to help the church return to its disciple making roots and he considers himself a discipleship evangelist. This God-given desire has manifested itself in twenty ye... [Uncategorized]

May 6, 10PM

This professor not only listed his “visible” successes but also his “invisible” failures: A professor at Princeton University has published a CV listing his career failureson Twitter, in an attempt to “balance the record” and e... [Uncategorized]

2AM

By John Frye I am thankful the Apostle Paul talked about his own preaching. The startling connection Paul made was between his words and the power of the Holy Spirit. Gordon Fee writes, “Both the content… and the form of his preaching lacked persuasiv... [Uncategorized]

May 5, 10PM

In his recent, technical, and not always well-written monograph, Jesus and Jewish Covenant Thinking (break the bank!), Finnish scholar Tom Holmen offers a new category through which we can process our “theories of Christian behavior.” In essen... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Daniel Cosacchi: Among the many noteworthy additions to the Catholic magisterium within Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’, was the introduction of the term “integral ecology.” In many ways, the term is meant to bring together the church... [Uncategorized]

May 4, 10PM

David W. Congdon, ironically enough an associate editor at IVP, is attempting to revive the theology of Rudolf Bultmann for today’s theological, if not (progressive?) evangelical theological discussion. If evangelicals, one might say fairly, can fin... [Uncategorized]

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By Jonathan Storment For the past few weeks, I’ve been blogging through James K.A. Smith’s great little book “You Are What You Love” and today I want to end that series with one more observation. I have recommended this book to a lot of people. I ... [Uncategorized]

May 3, 10PM

Two years ago I wrote a lengthy post (below) on Richard Hays’ new book about reading the Bible backwards, and at the time Hays offered his Hulsean lectures as his complement book to his previous book Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul. I am... [Uncategorized]

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Madhu Krishnamurthy: When it comes to rescuing, no creature is too small for Lake Zurich firefighters — whether it’s a cat in a tree, deer on ice, or duckling in a pipe. A Lake Zurich Fire Rescue Department engine crew was dispatched Thursday ... [Uncategorized]

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Lisa Anne Auerbach: The architecture of modern megachurches — which is to say, box churches — is deserving a fair inspection, not least by those in Europe who know the grandeur of cultures and cities and nations who vested their money in worsh... [Uncategorized]

May 2, 10PM

It has been official now for a decade or so, but there is a skirmish of definition on whether or not “apocalyptic” is the right word to use the apostle Paul. On the one side are those who use this term to describe their approach to Paul: E. K... [Uncategorized]

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From The Guardian: herever you are in the world, visiting a bookshop is always a treat – but with their numbers dwindling, independent stores that offer something unique are increasingly becoming a destination in themselves. Last year we rounded up some... [Uncategorized]

May 1, 10PM

I have been asked of late why I have posted so much about complementarianism. Beside the routine reposting of material from Christians for Biblical Equality, which often brings up the discussion, it just so happens that (1) a number of items have come my ... [Love and Marriage]

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Carrie Muskat: CHICAGO — Last year, the Cubs wore pajamas on the flight back from Los Angeles and players could wear shorts to Miami. The first theme trip this year will be Sunday when they travel to Pittsburgh for a three-game series, and it will b... [Uncategorized]

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The Literacy Site [Uncategorized]

April 30, 10PM

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desi... [Uncategorized]

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Mark Tietjen serves as director of religious life and Grace Palmer Johnston Chair of Bible at Stony Brook School. His latest book, Kierkegaard: a Christian Missionary to Christians framed this interview. The interview was conducted by David George Moore. ... [Uncategorized]

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April 29, 10PM

You believe in spanking? Julie Beck: Around the world, an average of 60 percent of children receive some kind of physical punishment, according to UNICEF. And the most common form is spanking. In the United States, most people still see spanking as accept... [Uncategorized]

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Sermon-makers as Person-makers, by John Frye I have a 1961 paperback edition of A Treasury of Prayer by E. M. Bounds that I now keep together with rubber bands. Like A. W. Tozer’s writings, there is a depth to this little compendium on prayer that I had... [Uncategorized]

April 27, 10PM

One of the most stimulating developments in NT studies is the arise of scholarship that argues there is a (mostly implicit) subversion of the powers, and those powers are centralized in Rome — and hence many have discovered that the NT is loaded wi... [Uncategorized]

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By Jonathan Storment For the past few weeks, I have been blogging through James K.A. Smith’s great little book “You Are What You Love” and today I want to focus on one of the most moving chapters for me personally. The big idea behind Smith’s book... [Uncategorized]

April 25, 10PM

It is common to say — I’ve said it many times — that the Bible is more available to more people today than ever and read no more than at any time in church history. At any rate, for all its availability it’s not known or quoted as ... [Bible]

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Kevin Giles, an Australian, has served as an Anglican parish minister for over forty years. He has been publishing on the substantial equality of the sexes since 1975 and is a foundation member of CBE International. He holds a doctorate in New Testament s... [Uncategorized]

April 24, 10PM

Recently, Kevin DeYoung, a pastor, author and leader in The Gospel Coalition, posted at TGC’s site on the 9 marks of healthy biblical complementarianism, and today I will respond to his points in italics  — left in their original context and... [Uncategorized]

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AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will stand with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin as among the iconic faces of U.S. currency. The $20 bill will be redesigned with Tubman... [Uncategorized]

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Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son... [Uncategorized]

April 23, 8AM

Chris Castaldo was raised on Long Island, New York where he worked full-time in the Catholic Church. Chris previously served as a pastor at College Church of Wheaton and then as Director of the Ministry of Gospel Renewal at Wheaton College. He is now Lead... [Uncategorized]

April 22, 10PM

Good deed of the week, from AP: GUN BARREL CITY, Texas (AP) — A customer eating alone at a Texas restaurant left a big surprise behind for an 18-year-old waitress — a $1,000 tip. Alesha Palmer says she was so stunned by the gift she began crying in th... [Uncategorized]

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CNN: Several California cities ranked high on the ALA’s air pollution offenders list, with Los Angeles coming in at No. 1 for ozone pollution. Bakersfield ranked at the top for particle pollution, which can increase risk of cardiovascular and lung i... [Uncategorized]

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Julie Beck: And his path was not atypical of the 19th century, at least for a white man in the United States. Young people often went through periods of independence interspersed with periods of dependence. If that seems surprising, it’s only because of... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye Last time I mentioned that good biblical communicators cannot be mass-produced just as Michelin Star chefs cannot be run off an assembly line. The art of pastoral preaching, in particular, is like a fingerprint in that no two pastors (must) p... [Uncategorized]

April 21, 10PM

Bonhoeffer for today: He is relevant but is he known? by Diane Reynolds I am surprised at how many of my students under the age of 30 have never heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. On the whole, when I mention Bonhoeffer, they look at me blankly, and when I say... [Bonhoeffer]

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Sarah Kaplan: Scientists are still sorting out exactly why animals need sleep, but it’s readily apparent that we do. In the 1980s, a famous study deprived rats of sleep for 30 days — and every single one of them died. In people, short-term sleep... [Uncategorized]

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Carolyn Custis James (Go to the link to read the full article.) There is no togetherness for the gospel when the victim stands alone.” —James Kessler The recent 2016 Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference in Louisville, Kentucky put on public displa... [Uncategorized]

April 20, 10PM

James D.G. Dunn prefaces Part Twelve of Neither Jew Nor Greek: A Contested Identity with these informed, if not depressing, words: There is something of an oddity about the title ‘Jewish Christianity’. For in a very important sense, that is w... [Uncategorized]

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Alanna Ketler: While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better!… A study conducted by psych... [Uncategorized]

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Mall Christians, by Jonathan Storment Over the past few weeks, I have been blogging through Jamie Smith’s new book “You Are What You Love” and his insightful observations that the majority of us don’t know what we love, and that we are being f... [Uncategorized]

April 19, 10PM

Joshua W. Jipp, Christ is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015. By Drew J. Strait, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’m adding a new book on Paul to my Amazon wish list every other mont... [Uncategorized]

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by Andrea Bailey Willits Until this year, each diocese in The Anglican Church in North America has directed its own, unique ordination process. Now, five West Coast bishops have formed a steering committee under the name “ACNA West” to develop their o... [Uncategorized]

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James Doubek: In the study published in Psychological Science, Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles sought to test how notetaking by hand or by computer affects learning. “When... [Uncategorized]

April 18, 3PM

Kris put the sprouts in the oven to bake and I set the iron skillet on the stove to get it ready for the salmon, realized we’d need our weekly bottle of wine, so I thought I’d be uppity and asked Kris, “What kind of wine tonight, dear? W... [Uncategorized]

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Judy Molland: Next, we need kinesthetic pulpits! Across the U.S., the amount of time devoted to physical education and to recess has been declining sharply.Educators at Charleston County Schools, in South Carolina, want to change this approach. They know ... [Uncategorized]

April 16, 10PM

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP... [Uncategorized]

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  John Wilsey is Assistant Professor of History and Christian Apologetics and Associate Director of the Land Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His first book, One Nation Under God: An Evangelical Critique of Christian America, argu... [Uncategorized]

April 15, 10PM

Jordan Spieth’s caddie: A wise coach reminded me recently, winning shows your character and losing shows ALL your character. Jordan continues to model grace and humility through wins and especially losses. The student continues to teach the teacher,... [Uncategorized]

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When Scot asked me to write a series on “How to Craft or Create Good Sermons,” I immediately had mixed feelings. First, am I known for preaching good sermons, that is, am I qualified? A foreign body of inadequacy begins coursing through my blood even ... [Uncategorized]

April 14, 10PM

By Jason Micheli… emphasizing our faith: the centrality of resurrection. No Easter, No Eschaton Jason Micheli is a United Methodist pastor in Washington DC and blogs at www.tamedcynic.org.  In terms of preaching experience, I’ve got a baker&#... [Uncategorized]
Kevin Giles, an Australian, has served as an Anglican parish minister for over forty years. He has been publishing on the substantial equality of the sexes since 1975 and is a foundation member of CBE International. He holds a doctorate in New Testament s... [Uncategorized]
By Diane Reynolds: For a limited time (April 8-30, 2016) Wipf and Stock Publishers is offering 40%-off retail from their website. Just use discount code DOUBLEB at www.wipfandstock.com.   To enter a drawing for a free copy of The Doubled Life of Diet... [Bonhoeffer]
We all walk around with models, ideas, configurations, or theologies in our mind. When we encounter something or someone or a new idea or an old idea or a strange idea, what is in our mind both influences what we hear and permits us to interpret what we e... [Uncategorized]

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Sara Solovitch: While the stockpiling of stuff is often pinned on America’s culture of mass consumption, hoarding is nothing new. But it’s only in recent years that the subject has received the attention of researchers, social workers, psychologists, ... [Uncategorized]

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I don’t know Darrin Patrick and I feel sorry for his church and his personal family and Darrin himself. He — his ministry — is the result of a pattern that has emerged in the last thirty years with celebrity pastors and leaders and image... [Uncategorized]

April 13, 10PM

A quiz I developed (in discussion with others): For some reason of late, I have become fascinated with the portions of the Bible wedon’t tend to read, passages like the story of Jephthah. Or how God was on the verge of killing Moses for not circumci... [Uncategorized]

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Cameron Keady: Hailey Ford is putting the “power” in power tools by building small homes for a big cause. The 9-year-old from Bremerton, Washington, is creating individual shelters to distribute to homeless people in her community. After receiving a g... [Uncategorized]

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Christena Cleveland: Now that I’m “35 and alone,” I’m beginning to formally construct a liberation theology of singleness. This article is just a beginning — and I’m hoping for feedback from single people. Even though the term “liberation th... [Uncategorized]

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By Jonathan Storment: I have been blogging for the past few weeks through James K.A. Smith’s great book “You Are What You Love.” Last week, I talked about Smith’s point that most of us probably aren’t aware of what we really love. This sounds li... [Uncategorized]

April 12, 10PM

By Jason Micheli: Several years ago the church I serve opened the doors of its youth wing to welcome the members of a local mosque. Their own facility was undergoing construction and they needed a place to offer their Friday Jummah prayers. Even though ma... [Uncategorized]

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Sarah Grossman: At a time when many U.S. schools are failing students of color, one school stands out as an unusual success. St. Benedict’s Prep, an all-boys preparatory school in Newark, has a graduation rate of 98 percent, compared to a national rate... [education]

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Owen Strachan, from Twitter 4.11.2016. Shall we discuss this understanding of the gospel? [Uncategorized]

April 11, 10PM

Even a quick reading of the Gospel of Mark leads one to what scholars have called the “Messianic” Secret, those passages when Jesus tells others not to tell anyone about him or what they have seen Jesus do.  Standard explanation: for strateg... [Uncategorized]

April 10, 10PM

I once heard of a well known Christian leader/theologian who claimed this: “leadership is the imposition of the leader’s will on others.” Michelle Lee-Barnewall would disagree, and do so quite firmly. Imposing one’s will on others ... [Pastoring and Leading]

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O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever... [Uncategorized]

April 9, 8AM

DEEP WORK: RULES FOR FOCUSED SUCCESS IN A DISTRACTED WORLD Cal Newport is the best-selling author of such books as So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for the Work you Love and How to Become a Straight-A Student: the Unc... [Uncategorized]

April 8, 10PM

Not totally new, but worth new considerations: Dominican baseball and education: Baseball in the U.S. has become an international sport. This season about a quarter of the 800-plus players on Major League Baseball teams were born outside the United States... [Uncategorized]

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Protestant Purgatory, by John Frye My best theological assessment for the purgatory view is, “Let’s not pussyfoot around about it.” Why? Let’s read what Jerry L. Walls, the author of the view in Four Views on Hell wrote. “…[W]here is the bibli... [Uncategorized]

April 7, 10PM

For a limited time (April 8-30, 2016) Wipf and Stock Publishers is offering 40%-off retail from their website. Just use discount code DOUBLEB at www.wipfandstock.com.  To enter a drawing for a free copy of The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, plea... [Bonhoeffer]

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Northern Seminary Launches Northern Live: Streaming Seminary to You Lombard, IL – Northern Seminary introduces Northern Live, a new way to receive seminary education via interactive Live Streaming. Northern Live utilizes the latest in audio-visual techn... [Uncategorized]

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By Alan Rudnick: Now, because of cost of graduate education, seminary graduates are saddled with debt. In the $40,000 to $60,000 range (on top of college debt). The pace of the rise of the cost of education has exceeded the rate of inflation: to the tune ... [Uncategorized]

April 6, 10PM

There are a number of authors whom I can quote at length and whose ideas and words and lines have influenced me deeply — both spiritually and intellectually (not that I think there’s that much difference, but that’s another discussion). ... [Uncategorized]
Jason Micheli is a United Methodist pastor in DC who blogs at www.tamedcynic.org I’ve often thought that if John Wesley had been a Roman Catholic priest rather than an Anglican one he would have found a less disruptive outlet for his grace-centric revol... [Uncategorized]

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By Jonathan Storment Bruce Springsteen: “Everybody’s got a hungry heart.” Last week I started a series, blogging through James K.A. Smith’s brilliant little book, You are What You Love, and today I want to continue with the 2nd chapter, “You Mi... [Uncategorized]

April 5, 10PM

The United States of America chose intelligently and rigorously not to have a national religion/faith. American Christians have not been so rigorous, even if intelligent. Instead of a national religion we have Americans of all persuasions seeking to expre... [Bible] [Christianity] [evangelicalism] [Political Theology] [Problems for Faith]

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Darryl Fears: The birds and the bees are telling humans about much more than sex, a new study released Thursday says. They are a harbinger of climate change, with species swapping habitats like a game of musical chairs as regions in Europe and the United ... [birds]

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Robert Gebelhoff, at WaPo: It’s a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Wisconsin Democratic primary, but Sanders has managed to gain a slight edge due to his support among young people — with more than 83 percent of college-age... [education]

April 4, 10PM

Every time I look through the contributors to The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective (ed. J. Modica, SMcK), I think that specific contributor’s essay was my favorite to read. Which brings ... [new perspective]

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Jeffrey Rediger and “miracles” movie: What are your thoughts? To doctors, events like the story that this girl’s mother (played in the film by Jennifer Garner) recounted in her memoir are impossible to explain. Scientists call them “sponta... [Uncategorized]

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The Spectator, by Tim Stanley: All of this is doubly irritating in an age in which horoscopes are widely read and a significant slice of the population thinks Earth has been visited by aliens. The human race is no less credulous than it once was. It’s j... [Uncategorized]

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When I saw the title of her book — Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Gender Debate — and then saw that Craig Blomberg wrote a foreword and Lynn Cohick the afterword I had an odd response: “... [Uncategorized]

April 3, 12 PM

Robert Zaslow: After being turned down more than 100 times, Marcus, a homeless Minneapolis job-seeker with a criminal record, was just about to give up. Then he got a second chance to turn his life around. McDonald’s and various temp agencies wouldn... [Uncategorized]

April 2, 10PM

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through... [Uncategorized]

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By Peter Smith / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette LATROBE — When he died in 2003, Fred Rogers was described in many headlines as gentle, beloved, kind and — of course — neighborly. But how about radical? Counter-cultural? Trouble-maker? Scholars and others... [Uncategorized]

April 1, 10PM

Dishwasher wisdom, by Jura Konklus: Carolyn Forte, director of home appliances for the Good Housekeeping Institute, is paid to know the best way to get your dishes sparkling clean. She is still amazed at all the differences of opinion about dishwashers an... [Uncategorized]

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Gretchen Reynolds: To keep our muscles healthy deep into retirement, we may need to start working out more now, according to a new study of world-class octogenarian athletes. The study found substantial differences at a cellular level between the athletes... [Uncategorized]

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Linda Wasmer Andrews: Novelists and poets have long held that walking and writing are closely connected. Now there’s research to back up that claim. Among the past literary luminaries known to be avid walkers were Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and Hen... [Uncategorized]

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John Frye: “Christian universalism is the view that in the end God will reconcile all people to himself through Christ,” is Robin A. Parry’s opening sentence. Perry sets out to convince the reader in the rest of his essay in Four Views on Hell that ... [Uncategorized]

March 31, 10PM

Long ago, at a school before Northern Seminary, Andrew Marin scheduled an appointment with and we had a long conversation, animated to the top of the ceiling by Andrew’s enthusiasm. Not long after he sent a ms into IVP and Andrew Marin became the go... [Uncategorized]

March 30, 3AM

You Are What You Love Part 1 A few years ago, James K.A. Smith wrote an outstanding book called Desiring the Kingdom that changed the way I saw ministry. It was incisive and painful and helpful all at the same time, because it helped me to name some of th... [Uncategorized]

March 29, 10PM

To open his chapter to The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life, Bruce Longenecker, professor at Baylor University, asks this good question, a question that is a poignant example of how the new perspective operates: “What does Paul’s engagemen... [Uncategorized]

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Chris Mooney: A striking new study — but one that is bound to prove controversial — has provided a calculation of both the health benefits and the reductions in planetary greenhouse gases that might be achieved if the world shifted away from meat-ba... [Uncategorized]

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USA Today: At Emory, students of the “social justice” variety were upset when someone chalked ”Trump 2016” on sidewalks. The students announced that they felt “fear” and “pain” as a result. The students challenged the administration; one ... [Uncategorized]

March 28, 10PM

Here is the question Professor James D.G. Dunn asks in his lengthy chp (Neither Jew Nor Greek) on the Jesus tradition in the 2d Century AD: In particular, should the NT Gospels be regarded as the only true inheritors of the oral Jesus tradition, the only ... [Uncategorized]

March 27, 10PM

Long ago the argument was made that when someone asks the question in the title to this post, which is the question we will explore in the post, the question makes an assumption that fails to deal adequately with the actual Christian claim. Here’s h... [Uncategorized]

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How did Jesus’ resurrection (“Easter”) change everything? Easter morning wasn’t an unexpected miracle. Many Jews were waiting for what God would do next. Some had begun to expect resurrection from the dead. Jewish Rabbis and asceti... [Uncategorized]

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Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι, ζωὴν χαρισάμενος! … Christ is risen from the dead, Trampling down death by death, And u... [Uncategorized]

March 26, 10PM

Christos anesti! O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy... [Uncategorized]

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By Fr Kevin Maney: And this is precisely why Holy Saturday can be helpful to us because if we really believe in a sovereign God, Holy Saturday is a time when we must wait on him and see how he is going to act in our lives. We must put aside our limited ex... [Uncategorized]

March 25, 10PM

Gotta love Ben and Julianna Zobrist, and so do the Cubs! By Catherine Parks: When your husband and his team win the World Series, you’d think that’d be the most exciting moment of the year for your family. Or at least, the week. But not for Julianna Z... [Uncategorized]

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Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye Having read all four views of hell in Zondervan’s second edition of the book, I find myself drawn to John G. Stackhouse’s view: terminal punishment. Stackhouse expands this to mean that after unrepentant sinners are punished for their sin... [hell]

March 23, 10PM

Jason Micheli will be posting reflections on Fleming Rutledge’s new book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, through Lent. Jason is a United Methodist pastor in DC who blogs at www.tamedcynic.org Preaching on Psalm 51 this Ash Wed... [Uncategorized]

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Christopher Ingraham: They use what they call “the savanna theory of happiness” to explain two main findings from an analysis of a large national survey (15,000 respondents) of adults aged 18 to 28. First, they find that people who live in m... [Uncategorized]

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You can connect with Nika @NikaMaples and You can sign up for monthly encouragement from her at www.nikamaples.com. As I drove six hours home from a speaking engagement in west Texas, I heard a voice in my heart: “Draw near to me, and I will draw near t... [Uncategorized]

March 22, 10PM

John Mark Comer, from his new and important book, Garden City, a book that probes us to think about our work — what we do, who we are — in light of God’s designs for the world and for us — a really helpful book. Pitched at the ri... [Uncategorized]

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Perry Stein: Mikias Gebremeskel stood in a public spot in Ethiopia’s capital city handing out anti-government fliers to passersby. Two police officers approached the teenager, arrested him, and then, while he sat in prison for five days, beat him with t... [Uncategorized]

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USA Today: BRUSSELS — Explosions at the airport and a downtown metro stop rocked the city Tuesday, killing at least 26 people, wounding dozens and shutting down all public transportation. Terror alerts rose across Europe and around the world. Belgiu... [Uncategorized]

March 21, 10PM

There are only two options. Either (1) Jesus thought he was the Jewish Messiah and said so when he referred to the kingdom and connected himself to the Son of Man or (2) someone else thought he was the Jewish Messiah and connected his message to the kingd... [Uncategorized]

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By Maureen Farrell Garcia. She is the author of various articles including”Groomed for Abuse” and “Sex Offenders in Our Midst.” When she’s not researching sexual abuse dynamics, she reads, writes, and teaches writing at Nyack College in... [Uncategorized]

March 20, 10PM

A discussion with a pastor this week led to a question by the pastor: “The difference is just nuance, isn’t it?” What difference?, you ask. The difference between the old and the new perspective.  Toss in the apocalyptic Paul and some t... [Uncategorized]

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I agree with Yeonmi Park (from a FB post): Another disappointing fact from Obama’s approach with Cuba has been his unwillingness to call the Cuban dictatorship by its name: a dictatorship (at the same time Obama does not mind calling Pinochet a dictator... [Uncategorized]

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Ari Bendersky: Six or seven days a week, Erick Williams leaves his two-story, red-brick single-family home to head to his job as executive chef of MK restaurant in River North, the kind of place that hosts estate wine dinners and offers $79 tasting menus.... [Uncategorized]

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Lydia DePillis: Amid a flurry of legislation to pass in the final days of spring state legislative sessions last week, nurses won two more victories in a long war for independence. For decades, most of the country has required physician oversight for nurs... [Uncategorized]

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Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk i... [Uncategorized]

March 19, 7AM

Children of Monsters Jay Nordlinger is senior editor of National Review. He also contributes as a music critic to The New Criterion. His book, Children of Monsters  framed this interview. David George Moore conducted the interview. Dave blogs at www.twoc... [Uncategorized]

March 18, 10PM

O yes, on reading chairs — Lindsey M. Roberts: [That’s my reading chair.] A living room without a reading chair is like a spa bathroom without a big tub. Something is missing. Add a cozy reading corner, though, and the room starts to get frien... [Uncategorized]

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Rick Noack: We drive through one roundabout routinely and really like them. How about you? France is ahead of the curve. The country is among the world’s leaders in circular intersections, or roundabouts. Every 45th intersection in France is a rou... [Uncategorized]

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By John Frye I came into the Christian community as a Junior Higher. Our family began attending a Bible church which was part of small coalition of independent fundamental churches. Not knowing at the time, I was immersed in a rigid, legalistic, dispensat... [Uncategorized]

March 17, 10PM

Trump: An Eruption of Secularism Donald Trump has exposed us all. Although it is particularly trying at this moment, I am still trying to identify as an evangelical. So I am very saddened (though far from shocked) that so many evangelicals are rallying ar... [Uncategorized]

March 16, 10PM

Jason Micheli will be posting reflections on Fleming Rutledge’s new book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, through Lent. Jason is a United Methodist pastor in DC who blogs at www.tamedcynic.org A year and a half ago Hannah Graha... [Atonement]

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Ashifa Kassam: Canadian police ended up pursuing a suspect attempting to flee the alleged scene of a crime on an ice floe. Earlier this week, the Royal Canadian Mounted police of Prince George, a city in British Columbia, were called to the scene of an al... [Uncategorized]

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Would you like to deepen your ability to teach, preach, and write for your church context? Do you have a desire to take your church into the rich perspective of the New Testament? This Fall I am launching an innovative Master of Arts in New Testament de... [Uncategorized]

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You can connect with Nika @NikaMaples and You can sign up for monthly encouragement from her at www.nikamaples.com. “I never wanted to become a teacher,” I said, smiling. That is not the most romantic thing someone could say to the state teacher of th... [Uncategorized]

March 15, 10PM

Nijay Gupta has a brief response to Carson’s new fat edited book on Scripture: Truth be told, when I was in seminary, I held Dr. DA Carson in the highest of admiration – he was a reputable biblical scholar, a man of the church, and intrepid defend... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Kris and I spent a delightful two days with the folks at New Covenant Church in Champaign, IL. where I spoke on topics from my book, Fellowship of Differents. So piled into our car and drove down — it is always a pleasure for Kris and me to drive th... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Carl Trueman: I’m thinking @fitchest will like this one. Reading Janik and Toulmin’s Wittgenstein’s Vienna a few years ago, I was struck at how oblivious the last generation of the Austro-Hungarian empire were to the imminent collapse of their w... [Uncategorized]

March 14, 10PM

By Chad Thornhill, author of The Chosen People: Election, Paul and Second Temple Judaism. Election is an idea and a doctrine that confuses many, delights others, and divides the church. For some it is the ultimate expression of God’s sovereignty whi... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Carolyn Y. Johnson: The “minute clinic” has efficiency built into its name, a quick, easy way for people who feel sick — but not that sick — to seek medical treatment without the hassle of making a doctor’s appointment. ... [Uncategorized]

7AM

Roger Olson: However, while I think there is some truth in that regarding some Reformed theologians (clearly in the case of Zwingli, for example), I will not use that argument here. Here is what I will say—much to the chagrin of many Calvinists and Armi... [Uncategorized]

March 13, 10PM

In my experience the most influential theories of Christian political thought are those of Abraham Kuyper (with an important American version in Niebuhrianism) and the long tradition of Catholic social thought. Both are theologies of creation; both are co... [Uncategorized]
Philip Barton Payne, author of Man and Woman, One in Christ, (PhD, Cambridge) has served with his wife Nancy with the Evangelical Free Church Mission in Japan for seven years. He has taught New Testament studies in Cambridge colleges, Trinity Evangelical... [Uncategorized]

11AM

Colby Itkowitz: Jennice Vilhauer, a therapist in Atlanta, says her patients over 15 years share one commonality: They struggle with low self-esteem. Regardless of what life situation brought them to her, it’s at the core of every problem. They fixate on... [Uncategorized]

March 12, 11PM

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fi... [Uncategorized]

March 11, 11PM

Valerie Hobbs reviewing Ruth Tucker’s new book: Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife is a difficult read, and it is an essential read for every Christian who is grounded in these issues. Whatever conclusions one reaches about Tucker’s egalit... [Uncategorized]

3PM

Look what Kris just found: The auditorium is a concrete dome that was poured in one day. At the dome’s center-point is a large blue stained glass skylight. The unique design also includes a 14-foot-tall wooden cross that has stood in the building since ... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Church Navigating Through the Waters of Christendom: St. Ambrose of Milan, by Allan Bevere In the anthology God, Truth, and Witness, church historian Robert Wilkens argues that Constantinianism was not a program engineered from the halls of power, but r... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By John Frye: Hell is a currently debated topic in evangelicalism. The conversation on the huge village green pulsates with four streams of thought. Many conservative Christians on the green are surprised to hear that deeply devoted followers of Jesus, ba... [hell]

March 10, 11PM

One’s view of Paul (or Paul’s theology) shapes one’s orientation to how Paul understood the Christian life. In the simplest of categories, there are three orientations to Paul’s theology: the old perspective, represented by Luthera... [Uncategorized]

March 9, 11PM

Anselm Reconsidered Jason Micheli will be posting reflections on Fleming Rutledge’s new book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, through Lent. Jason is a United Methodist pastor in DC who blogs at www.tamedcynic.org Every year dur... [Uncategorized]

11AM

Source: LOS ANGELES – Are you ready to pay at the cash register with your voice? Mobile payments, despite massive hype, have yet to take off. In fact, they haven’t even reached 1% of total retail sales yet. That number isn’t expected to be hit u... [Uncategorized]

9AM

This is the write-up by Leith Anderson and Ed Stetzer on re-defining an evangelical: To ensure the questions asked would be helpful to future researchers, we field tested the questions, with the help of LifeWay and with input on the process from sociologi... [Uncategorized]

4AM

From Jonathan Storment: It is my pleasure to introduce to you over the next three weeks, one of my favorite people in the world. Nika Maples is the most joyful, Jesus-like person I know, and her story is incredibly powerful. She’s been named the Texas t... [Uncategorized]

March 8, 11PM

Tim Challies wrote a review of Ruth Tucker’s new book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife. I have opened this space to Ruth to respond to Tim’s review. Here it is: First of all, Thank you, Tim, for the review. Your last sentence, howe... [Uncategorized]

10AM

I like this honest apology on Andy’s part, but I’ve only clipped a bit…. go to the link to see the whole: With your message streaming online, you have people from the outside—who are not part of your congregation—listening in. This s... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Ted Gossard: My point is simple: Christians are to live and die for nothing less than the good news found in God’s grace and kingdom come in King Jesus, realized and lived out through both the sacramental and common life of the church. Within and from a... [Uncategorized]

March 7, 11PM

By Chad Thornhill, author of The Chosen People: Election, Paul and Second Temple Judaism. Election is an idea and a doctrine that confuses many, delights others, and divides the church. For some it is the ultimate expression of God’s sovereignty wh... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Source: Tara Bahrampour : In 1948, when Diane Howard was 4, she was learning to play ring-around-the-rosie. In 2004, when Christian Magnuson was 4, he was teaching himself to install games on his dad’s computer. On Wednesday, Howard, 71, sat in a classr... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Daniel K. Williams: In the early 1970s, when the pro-life movement framed itself as a politically liberal cause that favored the expansion of social welfare benefits to pregnant women, it was difficult for opponents to caricature the movement as a cause o... [Uncategorized]

3AM

Ruth, how do you think “complementarianism” is connected to abuse in marriages? The most obvious way, I believe, is its silence on domestic violence in relation to its own persona. Rather than denying there is any connection between the two, those who... [Uncategorized]

March 6, 11PM

From Phil Payne, Philip Barton Payne, author of Man and Woman, One in Christ, (PhD, Cambridge) has served with his wife Nancy for the Evangelical Free Church Mission in Japan for seven years. He has taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, Trinity Eva... [Uncategorized]

1PM

Darren Patrick Guerra: Perhaps the strongest indication that serious evangelicals are not the backbone of Trump’s campaign was seen in the question that asked “which candidate qualities mattered most in deciding how you voted today?” Trump is off th... [Uncategorized]

5AM

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now a... [Uncategorized]

March 5, 10AM

Source: The conversation that needs to be had over this is not megachurch vs. small church, though that is a good topic for discussion, but What is a church? There is an image of “church” in Stanley’s proposals, a set of assumptions, tha... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Mark Sayers is the senior leader of Red Church. Sayers has written several provocative and probing books including The Trouble with Paris: Following Jesus in a World of Plastic Promises (Thomas Nelson 2008); The Vertical Self: How Biblical Faith can Help ... [Uncategorized]

March 4, 11PM

Great for Amelia Meyer: On Friday night, Jill Meyer asked her young daughter if she was excited about the next day. Meyer’s daughter, Amelia, said that she was, and so her mother followed up, asking the 8-year-old why she felt that way. “Bec... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Cleveland Clinic: We all know  that eating well and exercising consistently can help us achieve the best health possible now. But exercise at mid-life might result in more than bigger biceps — it could mean maintaining our brain size as we age. A rece... [Uncategorized]

3AM

Miracle of Sight, by John Frye — whom I want to thank publicly for this series on Mark. An unusual miracle is reported by Mark (8:2-26) just before Jesus leads his disciples to Caesarea Philippi and asks the burning question of Mark’s Gospel: “W... [Uncategorized]

March 3, 11PM

Klein’s Conclusions and Questions on Election, by Chad Thornhill In The New Chosen People, William Klein challenges the view that “election” in the NT (or in the OT, or in Judaism) was about the selecting of certain individuals for salvation. In my ... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Source: Kevin Geary, parenting guru, teacher, and author of Revolutionary Parent, a site dedicated to raising physically and psychologically healthy kids, argues that shoes are actually quite bad for children. Shoes destroy feet, preventing proper toe spr... [Uncategorized]

March 2, 11PM

A Wrath-less God Has Victims Like many upper middle class mainline Protestants, which is to say white Christians, I’ve long taken issue with the concept of divine wrath, believing it to conflict with the God whose most determinative attribute is Goodnes... [Uncategorized]

11AM

From my article, appearing today at Today’s Christian Woman: [Uncategorized]

8AM

Source: VIKEN, Sweden (AP) — It was a chaotic, late-night scramble to buy baby food with a screaming toddler in the backseat that gave Robert Ilijason the idea to open Sweden’s first unstaffed convenience store. Home alone with his hungry son, Ili... [Uncategorized]

4AM

How the Church Should Deal with a Fame-Focused World, by Jason Locke, preaching pastor at College Church of Christ, Fresno CA. “I want to be famous.” This off-handed quote from a young person might seem innocuous. Who doesn’t have some youthful drea... [Uncategorized]

March 1, 11PM

I don’t know how to describe Ruth Tucker’s new book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife, without calling it what this post is called: it’s a very important book about an awful subject. The title makes it as clear as possible: Ru... [Uncategorized]

10AM

By Roger Scruton at Modern Times: Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge, by Joanna Williams, is very well done. She shows how important historically academic freedom has been to the pursuit of knowledge, and examines ... [education]

8AM

Ana Swanson, on the mathematics of choosing your mate: Image So how do you find the best one? Basically, you have to gamble. And as with most casino games, there’s a strong element of chance, but you can also understand and improve your probability of... [Love and Marriage]

February 29, 11PM

The re-posting of this this post from 2009 was triggered by a recent letter from a reader who in the Far West is struggling with the rise — autocratically, non-congregationally, without consultation — of Calvinism, complementarianism, and othe... [Uncategorized]

3AM

There are two options when a member of any of the world’s major religions hears about persecution of its own members: strike back by persecuting the persecutor or tolerance. Contrary to what many believe about even the most exclusive of the world... [Uncategorized]

February 28, 11PM

Anyone familiar with the Synoptic Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke — who then launches for the first time into the Gospel of John, or anyone familiar with the Gospel of John who launches into the Synoptic Gospels encounters a culture shock: John ... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Thanks to my friend Tom Ward, Jesus Creed found its way to Pakistan. [Uncategorized]

6AM

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may as... [Uncategorized]

February 27, 9AM

Once again, Roberto A. Ferdman: Food waste has met its most innovative opponent yet, a new supermarket in Denmark, where the vegetables are dirt cheap—and too ugly or old to sell elsewhere. WeFood, which opened in Copenhagen this week, stocks only fo... [Uncategorized]

February 26, 11PM

“Mr. President, I’m Clark!” Image For 3-year-old Clark Reynolds, Thursday began like most others. Morning preparations gave way to hours at school and then a visit to his mother’s office to change into a suit and tie. Clark’s... [Uncategorized]

9AM

From WaPo: Glad to hear other countries are in on this nonsense. Now approaching its 17th iteration, the Koine expo in Vicenza, Italy, continues to unveil innovative products but also bread-and-butter items for churches like lighting systems and figurines... [Uncategorized]

3AM

To Sigh Deeply by John Frye I was looking forward to Mark 8:14-21 because I thought we could have some fun with it. And we could—at the disciples’ expense. It’s the closest we get to a Three Stooges episode in the life of the Twelve. Jesus has to wa... [Uncategorized]

February 25, 11PM

You can imagine yourself — as I have done in a lecture more than once — as a 1st Century librarian receiving in the daily Roman mail a copy of Matthew, skimming it long enough to grasp its contours, and then rendering a judgment on where to st... [gospel]

February 24, 11PM

By Lucy Peppiatt: Hierarchy & the Trinity Seeing as the words aner and andros are fungible, I like the fact that the RSV editors have kept their options open. It’s like a little glimmer of hope. It’s interesting that they shied away from the i... [Uncategorized]

11AM

Dan Steinberg: North Carolina A&T’s swimming program will disband after this weekend’s Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association championships. The school’s regular conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, does not offer swimming champion... [Uncategorized]

4AM

“I’m not getting fed spiritually.” (By Jovan Barrington, Senior Minister at Littleton Church of Christ, Denver, CO, who can be followed @JovanBarrington) “My pastor isn’t feeding me.” Maybe you have heard this before from someone ... [Uncategorized]

February 23, 11PM

There is a debate among Paul scholars about whether or not Paul was a convert, and to that debate is one attached to whether Paul had a conversion or a call — did he convert to Christ or did he convert to the Gentile mission? E.P. Sanders, in his re... [Paul]

1PM

Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I will be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites. Let me suggest that your church s... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

From Time: Wheaton College in Illinois hired me [Julie Rodgers] to help with LGBT student outreach. Then, the school had a change of heart I had been a gay Christian blogger for several years when Wheaton College reached out to me in June of 2014. A minis... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Roger Olson: However, when it comes to disposition I agree with Pope Francis that mercy is a crucial indicator of the authenticity of a person’s Christianity and the only way to measure that is by a person’s words about the vulnerable. I do not believ... [Uncategorized]

February 22, 11PM

Amazing Dis-Grace Jason Micheli will be posting reflections on Fleming Rutledge’s new book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, through Lent. Jason is a United Methodist pastor in DC who blogs at www.tamedcynic.org  I remember a s... [Uncategorized]

9AM

David Opderbeck, law professor This semester I’m teaching a course on “Cybersecurity and National Security,” so the debate over Apple’s dispute with the FBI over the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook is particularly interest... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By Chad Thornhill, PhD Chair of Theological Studies, Director of the MA in Christian Apologetics, Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Biblical Studies, Assistant Editor of Eruditio Ardescens  … School of Divinity Klein on Corporate Electio... [Uncategorized]

February 21, 11PM

Lucy Peppiatt: When I wrote Women and Worship at Corinth, I thought that Paul had written the following in 1 Cor 11:3 – Christ is the head of every man. Man is the head of woman. God is the head of Christ. I knew that there were problems with this. The... [Uncategorized]

1PM

I’m all for it (and add the Protestants too): (CNN)Pope Francis, who has repeatedly called for an end to the death penalty, on Sunday proposed that Catholic leaders suspend the practice for a year to mark the Holy Year of Mercy. “I make an app... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

By Austin Fischer Baptism, Eucharist and Why They’re Not “Just” Anything Just. It just so happens to be the most crippling word in the English language. That’s just the way things are. It was just one night. He was just a beggar. It’s all the ar... [Uncategorized]

5AM

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who ... [Uncategorized]

February 20, 10AM

Burt Constable: The notion of your local library as a place where you go to borrow a book seems almost as antiquated as an actual hardcover book. Suburban residents use libraries as business offices, resource centers, movie providers, club headquarters, l... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Law professor Michael Paulsen and his son, Luke, a recent graduate of Princeton, teamed up to write a terrific book on the US Constitution. (http://www.amazon.com/The-Constitution-Michael-Stokes-Paulsen/dp/0465053726). The Constitution: An Introduction do... [Uncategorized]

February 19, 11PM

Yes, it’s that time of the year when pitchers and catchers are reporting, and when the Cubs begin the march to the World Series. I’m feeling it, how about you?! Sharon Robinson, on her father Jackie Robinson and his legacy — and how she ... [Weekly Meanderings]

12 PM

One of the more interesting articles I read this week was from Nature, on interbreeding — humans, Denisovans, and Neanderthals. Here is the graph from the fine article, where you can read a good discussion. Dennis Venema and I have now submitted our... [Uncategorized]

11AM

Maria Konnikova: What was it that set the resilient children apart? Because the individuals in her sample had been followed and tested consistently for three decades, Werner had a trove of data at her disposal. She found that several elements predicted re... [Uncategorized]

9AM

From CNN: (CNN)Glenn Beck believes that God brought about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in order to encourage Americans to vote for Ted Cruz. On Tuesday, the conservative radio host and Cruz supporter assumed the voice of God to expla... [Uncategorized]
I repost my review of a great biography on Harper Lee in a tribute to Harper Lee who has died today at 89. Image Charles Shields’ biography of Harper Lee is baffling because Harper Lee refused to play the game, except she did play the game for a few inn... [Uncategorized]

February 18, 5PM

If you listen to the media you will hear that religion is dying, and in some ways the emergent movement was an attempt to say “we are the future because the present will die off.” At work in some themes and memes in the emergent movement was a... [Uncategorized]

11AM

By James McAuley USA problem is the 60 hour week! Liberty, equality, fraternity — and now, the “right to disconnect.” Among a host of new reforms designed to loosen the more stringent regulations in the country’s labor market, France’s labor min... [Uncategorized]

8AM

From Business Insider, by Eugene Kim: Which side are you on? Does the Federal govt have a right to that information in the iPhones? A group of protestors rallied in front of the Apple Store in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon to show their support for... [Uncategorized]

February 17, 11PM

A soft liberation theology, with nuances and spectrum at both ends of what liberation theology is, has taken a deep hold among America’s progressive Christians and I see it running right through much of evangelicalism as well. (Often unnoticed by ma... [Uncategorized]

3AM

Lamenting Sin (by Joe James) Scrolling through my Newsfeed on Social Media is gut-wrenching exercise for me.  It sometimes feels like a who’s-who list of people Christians despise.   Latest on our hit-list is Beyonce, Cam Newton, Donald Trump, Bernie... [Uncategorized]

February 16, 11PM

If you were educated in a less-than-orthodox or just slightly-less-than-orthodox or in an orthodox-but-let’s-leave-that-to-the-side context, then you heard these things things about Jesus: (1) the Gospels we now read were originally anonymous, (2) J... [gospel]

2PM

Kingdom Conspiracy in Korean! Wish I could read the endorsements. [Uncategorized]

8AM

Lindsey Bever: Anubis’s hell was real. Animal rescuers speculate that the Egyptian street dog may have been trying to protect his territory in the Cairo suburbs or was perhaps guarding property from trespassers. He started to bark — and wouldn’t st... [Uncategorized]

February 15, 11PM

From Arise Amy Rasmussen Buckley pursued graduate studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and George Fox Evangelical Seminary where she graduated with an MDiv in 2010. She has contributed to conferences and publications sponsored by Peace and Safet... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Kate Bowler: A far better example than the Stoic-like approaches I hear among many today. In fact, an example straight from the reality stories of the Bible like Job. CANCER has kicked down the walls of my life. I cannot be certain I will walk my son to h... [Uncategorized]

3AM

You don’t have to Google for long to find someone who is tired of how political the church can be. One of the most common complaints by the new generation of Christians points at the politicization of the church, though at times what they mean is th... [Uncategorized]

February 14, 11PM

By Chad Thornhill, PhD Chair of Theological Studies, Director of the MA in Christian Apologetics, Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Biblical Studies, Assistant Editor of Eruditio Ardescens  … School of Divinity One of the few books avail... [Uncategorized]

February 13, 11PM

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son... [Uncategorized]

February 12, 11PM

From the Evangelicals to the Catholics, from Wheaton to Mount St Mary’s: Professors from universities across the country — from Stanford to North Carolina Central to the University of Nebraska to Harvard — signed a petition Tuesday calling on th... [Uncategorized]

8AM

From Lucy Peppiatt’s blog where you can read the rest of her article: When I wrote Women and Worship I was still undecided about exactly what I thought Paul meant by kephale or ‘head’ in 1 Cor 11:3, so I left it a bit open, explaining what I... [Uncategorized]

4AM

By John Frye. “Give us today our daily bread.” Jesus cloned a bunch of bread. The disciples must have sounded like the Dr. Pepper man, “Get yer bread heah! Hot bread heah!” Let’s continue to explore the theme of bread (aka “loaves”) in Mark.... [Uncategorized]

February 11, 11PM

I am beyond delighted that Jason, who has spent the year in cancer treatments and healing, is back on the Jesus Creed blog. I consider Jason a friend and a gifted Methodist pastor. Inside the 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama hangs a stained g... [Atonement]

10AM

Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I will be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites. The due date for registering to g... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Caitlin Dewey: Clay Kohut’s pitch for his new app, Ameego, is so absurd that it’s best to let him deliver it. “With Uber, you rent a stranger’s car,” he begins. “With Airbnb, you rent a stranger’s home.” Mhmm. “With Ameego … you rent ... [Uncategorized]

February 10, 11PM

I must tell you about the first African American woman to establish a four-year institution of higher learning. When I tell you her name, it is not likely you will recognize it. But in heaven she will be as famous as Beth Moore. She was the first African ... [Uncategorized]

2PM

Danielle Kurtzleben: Bernie Sanders delivered the second-biggest rout in New Hampshire Democratic primary history last night, besting Hillary Clinton by 22 percentage points. That’s important, because it hands him a crushing victory, lots of momen... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Emma Brown: As U.S. presidential candidates fight over the best way to address the influx of Central Americans across the Southwest border — with debate about building walls and deporting immigrants — the nation’s public schools have opened their do... [education]

4AM

By Joe James Meet Sadie. I do not know her real name.  I call her Sadie, because Sadie is my daughter’s name.  Sadie is from Douma, Syria.  This photo appeared on the front page of the New York Times on September 16, 2015.  The times story told of t... [Uncategorized]

February 9, 11PM

By Kelley Goewey: I’m going to write about being single. Bear with me. “If you’re a woman and you’ve chosen to be married, then you’ve chosen to be the woman God created you to be.” In my experience, Christians say a lot of wacky and untrue th... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I will be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites. The due date for registering to g... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Aida Cerkez: SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — When Mirzana Coralic asked the primary school in her Sarajevo neighborhood whether they would enroll her deaf son, teacher Sanela Ljumanovic volunteered without thinking much about it. Then September came... [Uncategorized]

February 8, 11PM

Once a young reader informed me with a robust confidence that the heart of the atonement concerned the wrath of God — and I’ve had others say it’s the love or grace of God while others think it is adjusting the books and getting the le... [Atonement]

4PM

SI.com: Should we give this young man a break? SANTA CLARA, Calif. — “I know you’re disappointed, not just for yourself but for your teammates. Because you guys talked about how you’re a band of brothers coming in, and this has to be really tough ... [Uncategorized]

9AM

What do you think? Do you think women should be eligible completely for the military draft? Among the big stories that emerged at the tail end of 2015 but got limited-to-very-limited attention was the Pentagon’s decision to clear women to serve in all c... [Uncategorized]

4AM

Valentines Day And Church: Single Awareness Sunday? By Jonathan Storment So unfortunately this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday. I say unfortunately because in most of the churches I’ve seen in life make a really big deal about marriage and fami... [Uncategorized]

February 7, 11PM

One of the most notable features of American evangelicalism in the last generation has been a powerful surge toward “social justice.” At times it is no different than the old-fashioned social gospel, at times it simply catches up to mainline P... [Uncategorized]

7PM

SI.com If you’re one of the lucky individuals who will be in the stands at Super Bowl 50, be prepared shell out more than a few bucks to get your drank on. If beer is your drink of choice, get ready to pay $13 for a Coors Light. And if you’re ... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Matt Bonesteel: The study found three possible reasons for the increase in flu deaths because of the Super Bowl: 1. “An increase in large gatherings increases the frequency of human contact and probability of transmission.” 2. “Postseason play alter... [Uncategorized]

6AM

O God, who before the passion of your only ­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory ... [Uncategorized]

February 5, 11PM

Grandma and grandpa, mom and dad — read to ‘em: (CNN)When parents read to their children the difference shows in children’s behavior and academic performance. And according to a new study, the difference also shows in their brain activit... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Amy Cuddy, by Elsa Vulliamy: People who struggle with a lack of confidence or are naturally shy are often the same people who sit bunched up, make themselves small and occupy as little space as possible. The Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy has a simple p... [Uncategorized]

3AM

The Bread Winner, by John Frye “He has done everything well” (Mark 7:37). We are currently following Jesus into “unclean” territories. Jesus had radically redefined “unclean” and his definition is so big, it was hard for the church to wrap it ... [Uncategorized]

February 4, 11PM

Perhaps the most interesting book I’ve read in a long time about the LGBTQ community is Caleb Kaltenbach‘s Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others without Sacrificing Conviction. He opens — and then suspends th... [Uncategorized]

8AM

By David Roseberry: A surprise baptism at the original site of the Lord’s baptism  (Mark 1) created an international incident yesterday…and a glimpse of the age to come.  Here is what happened. I am leading a tour of 30 adults through the Holy Lan... [baptism]

February 3, 11PM

Image credit And what does this tell us about our reading, our philosophy, our nation? [Uncategorized]

9AM

Buzz words abound in the church today. Sometimes they are little more than a publicity stunt, sometimes they are just below shallow, and other times they are genuine attempts to get to the heart of God’s mission in this world. Single terms will only tak... [Uncategorized]

4AM

By Joe James, who is the associate minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas. Part 1: Lamenting Our Violence Some of you avid Jesus Creed readers may remember my story I shared here a few months back about my almost killing my neighbo... [Uncategorized]

February 2, 11PM

Though it is at times overcooked it is just as often undercooked — the Jesus who was remembered was interpreted in that very act of remembering. We are looking at James D.G. Dunn’s Neither Jew nor Greek: A Contested Identity,  which builds ... [Uncategorized]

11AM

Straight from the Tribune: Here are some of the highlights: •”A Vaseline truck overturned on the highway and cars were slipping left and right.” •”My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery. I had ... [Uncategorized]

10AM

I endorsed Rabbi Evan Moffic’s book as a good example of civil discourse and dialogue. I hope that we can engage in public discussions about Jesus. Today Rabbi Evan Moffic releases a new book about the Jewishness of Jesus. Rabbi Moffic is a well-kno... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Eugene Peterson’s golden words: I (and most pastors, I believe) become busy for two reasons; both reasons are ignoble. I am busy because I am vain. I want to appear important. Significant. What better way than to be busy? The incredible hours, the c... [Uncategorized]

February 1, 11PM

Most evangelicals and liberals are united in believing that the proper response to the state is to engage it by working in the system to transform it. I’m not sure that many wonder what would happen if a deep and pervasive transformation occurred ... [Uncategorized]

5PM

Jonathan Merritt, The Atlantic: This division was first popularized in Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite, by Michael Lindsay, who was a sociologist at Rice University at the time. After conducting hundreds of in-dep... [Uncategorized]

10AM

By Erin Ortega, from Arise newsletter: Erin Ortega lives in Southern California with her husband, Erick. She is a passionate, Jesus-loving intellectual. In addition to egalitarianism, she also has a passion for cross-cultural work, teaching, emotional h... [Women and Ministry]

9AM

Leanne Italie: A confirmation of Jean Twenge’s researches about “Generation Me.” NEW YORK  Dr. Leonard Sax has been a family physician and psychologist for 27 years, conducting workshops around the world for parents, teachers, social wo... [Uncategorized]

3AM

While some might call faith’s sphere of work is “secularization,” Miroslav Volf suggests the issue is larger and more penetrating: it is globalization. Slowing down the runaway dimensions of the globalization truck is the challenge of o... [Uncategorized]

January 31, 11PM

There is this problem — and it’s endemic to America — of thinking that if a church idea works in one place it will work elsewhere because the magic potion has been discovered. Sometimes church ideas can be replanted in other locations, ... [missional]

12 PM

For tolerance to flourish the prominent virtue is freedom/liberty; however, at times justice advocates create intolerance. Many are experiencing and protesting the increased intolerance as a result of those who think their cause is not just right but the ... [Uncategorized]

5AM

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one G... [Uncategorized]

January 29, 11PM

A bright morning with Bright Farms, by Whitney Pipkin: An unseasonably warm sun beamed heat into the refurbished greenhouse more than an hour outside Washington, making it feel like a place where tomatoes might not mind growing, even in mid-December. The ... [Uncategorized]

11AM

NORTHERN SEMINARY NAMES NEW PRESIDENT January 29, 2016 – Lombard, Illinois – Northern Seminary’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William D. Shiell as the eleventh president of Northern Seminary. Board Chair James Stel... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Gillian Woods: (At the link Woods pursues her question through his plays.) What was Shakespeare’s religion? It’s possible to answer this seemingly simple question in lots of different ways. Like other English subjects who lived through the ongoing Ref... [Uncategorized]
Christian formation has developed from the early days when it was a kind of bricolage of various Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant spiritual practices into a far more developed theory of practices, but what has changed most is that the exper... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By John Frye I like it when Mark, the gospel writer, plays with words. We find an example in today’s pericope regarding the demonized daughter of the Greek, Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:23-30). Let’s note the context. Jesus had unflinchingly redefined... [Uncategorized]

January 28, 11PM

Kingdom Without King, Kingdom Without Church: Manipulating Jesus to Serve Our Agendas, by Allan Bevere It’s been a problem almost since the inception of Christianity– the rejection of Jesus’ agenda for us and the twisting of Jesus’... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Kris Beckert has an important reminder of the church’s responsibility about singleness: But what if there is another voice to be heard – in what sometimes feels like a wilderness of singleness? Scripture and early church history bear witness to a ... [Uncategorized]

January 27, 11PM

By Lucy Peppiatt, who can be followed @lucepeppiatt Check out Lucy’s interview here: And a 2 minute interview here: The Biblical Scholar from the Throw Out Box Last Thursday I met an amazing woman, Katharine C. Bushnell (sometimes misspelled as Kath... [Women and Ministry]

11AM

Matthew MacWilliams: If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated? You’d be wrong. In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether ... [Uncategorized]

8AM

NPR: Last September, Miguel Ángel Galán was busy in his office south of Madrid when he happened to glance up at a TV on in the background. He was shocked by what he saw: footage of a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking migrants and refugees as they scram... [Uncategorized]

4AM

By Jovan Barrington Jovan is the Senior Minister at the Littleton Church of Christ in Denver, CO.@JovanBarrington I got dumped. I tried to think of other ways to begin this article but I feel too much like Taylor Swift. Breakups are good material for writ... [Uncategorized]

January 26, 11PM

In our continuing of the series on five views of the church and politics, we turn today to the Black Church, or Prophetic, View, written by Bruce Fields, my friend and former colleague at TEDS. Fields’ study is in Amy Black (ed.), The Church and Po... [Public Issues]

9AM

CNN: (CNN)It’s an axiom in American politics, duly repeated every four years: Evangelicals are the country’s biggest and most powerful religious voting bloc, especially during the GOP primaries. Like many political axioms, though, it papers ov... [Uncategorized]

January 25, 11PM

By Josh Ross Image The Gift of Sabbaticals Josh Ross is the Lead Minister at the Sycamore View Church in Memphis, TN. He is the author of Scarred Faith and co-author of Bringing Heaven to Earth. You can connect with him on Twitter at: @joshualouisross. My... [Pastoring and Leading] [Pastoring and Preaching]

9AM

By Traci Rhodes, at Arise and CBE Traci Rhoades writes, from her Michigan countryside kitchen, over at tracesoffaith.com (a bit of a play on her name). When she first started blogging, she wondered what unique voice she could bring. She’s landed o... [Women and Ministry]

4AM

The rise of Islam in the rise of globalization and the rise of tensions in that same mix means America needs a new kind of public intellectual. A public intellectual, not in the sense of having technological or scientific expertise and whom we can consult... [Uncategorized]

January 24, 11PM

Gundry on Hurtado concerning Matthew on Peter As they say, “Better to be disagreed with than ignored.” So my thanks to Larry Hurtado for writing his disagreement with my book, Peter: False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew (Grand Rapids... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

ESPN: Antwaan Randle El says he regrets playing football, in part because the 36-year-old now has difficulty walking down the stairs. “I have to come down sideways sometimes, depending on the day,” Randle El said in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette... [Uncategorized]

6AM

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Obama Administration and the Vatican condemned the Islamic State group Wednesday for razing Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery, a 1400-year-old structure that survived assaults by nature and man for centuries before it was de... [Uncategorized]

January 23, 11PM

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy S... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Source: If you’re reading this at home, you are currently surrounded by arthropods — invertebrates with exoskeletons and jointed legs. But just how many spiders, crustaceans and other creepy crawlies live in the average American home? Until now, th... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Michael S. Rosenwald: Used bookstores, with their quintessential quirkiness, eclectic inventory and cheap prices, find themselves in the catbird seat as the pendulum eases back toward print. In many cities, that’s a de facto position: They’re the onl... [Uncategorized]

8AM

WORLD WAR I: THE GREAT AND HOLY WAR Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor.  He is the author of seminal books in history and religion such as The Next Christendom and Jesus Wars.  His book, The Great and Holy War: How World War ... [Uncategorized]

January 22, 11PM

Goofiest story of the week about churches: Imagine Cinderella’s glass slipper scaled to about 100 times its original size and dropped on the coast of Taiwan. That’s the new church in Ocean View Park in Budai township. Looking like it was pluck... [Uncategorized]

9AM

By David George Moore Two events coalesced for me in an odd sort of way this past Monday.   First, I listened to Trump’s talk at Liberty University.  The other was an interview with the men who are featured in the just released movie, “13 Hours.”... [Uncategorized]

4AM

Before we dig in, I’d first like to say that this blog post comes with a critical caveat: I am not one bit qualified to write a post on parenting. Really, I’m not. I’m not even a “mommy blogger”; I usually like to write about theology, ministry... [Uncategorized]

January 21, 11PM

The apostle Paul was an immigrant, at least if we go with the earliest Christian traditions. His family moved from their nativeland, Galilee, to Tarsus, a major city in Asia Minor. He was a Jew surrounded by Gentiles, and hence lived a life in the diaspor... [Paul]

2PM

From CT: Wheaton College’s faculty council has unanimously asked the Illinois school’s administration to withdraw its recommendation that Larycia Hawkins have her tenure and employment terminated. Hawkins, an associate professor of political science... [Uncategorized]

11AM

Any kind of Christian ministry in North America requires both preparation and experience, so an increasing number of ministers are deeply involved in the experience dimension and finding it nearly impossible to attend seminary full-time. A seminary curric... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Amy Freeze: PARAMUS, New Jersey (WABC) – A new tool in a Paramus Elementary school is promoting physical activity while learning.It’s helping to keep the fidgeting down and the creativity up for first graders.Sit still and stay calm never real... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By Mimi Haddad. Did you know that there are twice as many women academics in the secular academy as in the Christian academy? Worse, women comprise only about six percent of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). And despite a recent study exposing ... [Uncategorized]

January 20, 11AM

Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I will be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites. Let me suggest that your church s... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Aron Heller: JERUSALEM (AP) — Jewish immigration to Israel from western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, a leading nonprofit group said Thursday, as France’s beleaguered Jewish community grapples w... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By Sean Palmer Sean Palmer is Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX. Read more from Sean at The Palmer Perspective (www.thepalmerperspective.com), follow him on Twitter: @seanpalmer or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/seanpalmerwriter. ... [Uncategorized]

January 19, 11PM

Income equality seems to be an intuitional or instinctual moral posture in today’s economy and politics. It was behind the 1% protests and is running on high octane in the Democratic runoff to see who will represent the Democrats in the 2016 electio... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Roberto A. Ferdman: The baby carrot, like so many inventions before it, was birthed by necessity. In the early 1980s, the carrot business was stagnant and wasteful. Growing seasons were long, and more than half of what farmers grew was ugly and unfit for ... [Uncategorized]

January 18, 11PM

Gary G. Hoag. Wealth in Ancient Ephesus and the First Letter to Timothy: Fresh Insights from Ephesiaca by Xenophon of Ephesus. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2015. A review by Lucy Peppiatt. Gary Hoag revisits the topic of wealth in the letter of 1 Timothy, as... [Uncategorized]

11AM

Christopher Ingraham: I come across an awful lot of strange data in my line of work. Toilets.Goats. Ugly counties. But today, I stumbled upon what may be the finest dataset in existence: a comprehensive database of incidents where squirrels and othe... [Uncategorized]

9AM

RJS made me aware of the letter drafted by the Montgomery Improvement Association to instruct folks on how to participate in the bus boycott and here is the letter, a letter revealing the methods of ML King Jr, who led the entire protest: [Uncategorized]

4AM

Martin Luther King. Jr. Letter From Birmingham Jail April 16, 1963 MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I ... [Uncategorized]

January 17, 11PM

Here’s the text of Martin Luther King’s famous speech/sermon/address in Washington DC. I remember watching it as a kid on TV. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the hi... [Uncategorized]

8AM

The Finest of Wines Epiphany 2C, January 17, 2016 The Reverend Dr. J. Kevin Maney Lectionary texts: Isaiah 62.1-5; Psalm 36.5-10; 1 Corinthians 12.1-11; John 2.1-11. In the name of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. This morning we celeb... [Uncategorized]

January 16, 11PM

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the ... [Uncategorized]

4AM

Is Jesus or the Bible the Word of God and Does It Matter? by Austin Fischer “Saying the Bible isn’t the Word of God because Jesus is makes as much sense as saying humans aren’t the image of God because Jesus is.”—Derek Rishmawy Derek Ris... [Uncategorized]

January 15, 11PM

OK, one has to admit Marie Kondo’s magic of tidying up might be more than a little difficult for parents with kids around the house — but she’s good news for grandparents! If you read Marie Kondo’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic ... [Uncategorized]

11AM

At WaPo Caitlin Gibson does us a service by tracing the history of the expression: The phrase has become inescapable — again. In campaign speeches, media headlines and your Twitter feed: “politically correct.” But what does it actually mean? Depend... [Uncategorized]

3AM

Rev. Dr. Mom, by John Frye Jesus Creed folks, welcome to the “One T Saloon” and to Courtney Pace Lyons, Ph.D., whom I had the privilege to hear preach on December 27 at Collective Church, Roanoke, TX. (For the newcomers, “the one t saloon” wa... [Women and Ministry]

January 14, 12 PM

Whether this becomes official discipline or not, the point remains. The Primates of The Anglican Communion have recommended disciplinary action for The Episcopal Church (the American Episcopal Church) for three years: 14 Jan 2016 Today the Primates agreed... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Roberto Ferdman: Behind the picturesque rows of grapevines at vineyards around the world, winemakers are bending the truth. It’s not the sort of thing most wine drinkers would have noticed, because it’s happening behind the scenes, before b... [Uncategorized]

4AM

That is an interesting question. How does one answer that question? By where we stand. Do we stand in such a way that our narrative is the narrative of how the church of the 1st Century got to us or how we can take our goods to them? (Isn’t that col... [Uncategorized]

January 13, 11PM

Grace For The President Sean Palmer is Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX. Read more from Sean at The Palmer Perspective (www.thepalmerperspective.com), follow him on Twitter: @seanpalmer or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/seanpalme... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Kris has been reading — and then telling me about what she’s reading — Marie Kondo’s book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, so we decided Saturday late afternoon to give it a whirl. We started with my bloated, messy, h... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Jeff Bryant, from Salon: I call these folks the edu-crats. Education is not a top-down endeavor but a grass-roots relational matter. Leave the teachers alone. (Within reason, as it has traditionally been.) What Reform Fans Don’t Get Indeed, resistance t... [education]

5AM

Ruth Graham: With the Iowa caucuses less than a month away, the competition for the evangelical vote seems to have become a two-man race between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Last week, Rubio made another move to win that race-within-the-race, announcing th... [Uncategorized]

January 12, 11PM

There was a period, perhaps as long as a generation (e.g., 30-40 years), between Jesus’ public ministry of teaching and performing the gospel of the kingdom and the “scribalization” of those sayings and performances. In other words, for ... [gospel] [jesus]

9AM

Source “”EVANGELICAL’ GETS NEW DEFINITION: A two-year collaboration between the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and LifeWay Research has resulted in a new way to identify evangelicals in surveys. In what might be the first res... [Uncategorized]

January 11, 11PM

In a recent review in Books and Culture I examined what John Barclay calls a largely unexamined Christian theme — that’s right, grace is largely unexamined. Rather it is assumed we all know what it means.  This was my book of the year on the ... [grace]

10AM

Howard Snyder: HT: JS First off (to set aside an issue some of these books raise): Economic inequality itself is not the issue. From a Christian and public welfare perspective, the question is not equality or inequality. It is economic justice. Let’s a... [Uncategorized]

9AM

From New Life, where you can read about more supporters of women’s ministries: Some Christians think that only people who have a “loose approach to scripture” can believe that women should be leaders and teachers in the church. I strongly doubt ... [Women and Ministry]

3AM

Unless you are European — German, Danish, Scandinavian — the Lutheran theory of church and politics may well be the least known in detail when it comes to how the church relates to the political dimension of life. The most discussed theories t... [Uncategorized]

January 10, 11PM

By Michelle Van Loon: We’re a generation removed from the Jesus Movement of the late 1960′s and the Rapture still hasn’t happened despite astonishing certainty about when we could expect it on the part of some of the most influential voices of t... [Uncategorized]

4PM

By Donald H. Yee: On Monday night, college football will crown a new champion. In the process, a lot of money will be made. No matter who wins, the University of Alabama’s Southeastern Conference and Clemson University’s Atlantic Coast Conference will... [Uncategorized]

January 9, 11PM

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and... [Uncategorized]

January 8, 11PM

The president of the other Wheaton says it well: In our nation’s public K-through-12 schools, educators offer programs for students to combat the bullying that marginalizes those who are different in some way. Yet we continue to tolerate and sometimes c... [Weekly Meanderings]

8AM

Source Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of di... [education]

3AM

Vainglory: the forgotten vice By John Frye Is there a soft contradiction in Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount? In Matthew 5:16 Jesus says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your F... [Uncategorized]

January 7, 10AM

Mark Suster: At the end of his examples, he writes more personally. I have no solutions for you, today. I’m not writing to propose new social policies or fix our nations woes. Income inequality exists. There will always be inequality – even in system... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Source IN police shooting cases like that of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, grand jurors are typically asked to focus on one question: At the moment the officer fired, did he have reason to believe the person he shot posed a grave and imminent threa... [Uncategorized]

January 6, 11PM

I am honored that Larry Hurtado, well-known NT scholar and who blogs here, has offered to the Jesus Creed blog this review of Robert Gundry’s new book on Peter. Along with Helen Bond, Hurtado recently edited a book on Peter, so he’s particular... [Uncategorized]
Sean Palmer is Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX. Read more from Sean at The Palmer Perspective (www.thepalmerperspective.com), follow him on Twitter: @seanpalmer or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/seanpalmerwriter. In a time of re... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Todd C. Frankel: LOS GATOS, CALIF. — It’s Sunday, which means house-hunting for Barry and Katie Templin. They have been on the prowl for months and saving for years, looking for a place with reasonable commutes to their technology jobs and good publi... [Uncategorized]

9AM

What do you think? NBC: Evangelist Franklin Graham is launching a nationwide effort to urge Christians to get out and vote in 2016, but the son of the legendary Billy Graham isn’t backing any one candidate or party, insisting his aim is to launch a ... [Uncategorized]

January 5, 11PM

Kris and I were at lunch at Kent and Elizabeth Keith’s home in Honolulu that led to a conversation with Elizabeth, a professor, about language acquisition. One of her points was that early in our life we factor out specific sounds that are not usefu... [Books] [Prayer and Formation]
High definition salvation means the “homogenous unit principle,” so characteristic of some megachurches, has got to give way to the HD Principle: salvation is for all and each church is to present that all-are-one-in-Christ to the community. S... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Source How can any photographer take an image that will never be forgotten? For starters, quit taking nature photos, whether it’s a sunset, mountain range, lake or ocean. Those images are among the least distinctive, according to an MIT algorithm trai... [Uncategorized]

9AM

From Catholic News Agency, who just might have a card up their sleeve, but at least it’s interesting to see KGB folks say these things. In the first edition of Gutierrez’s famous book there was a stronger connection to Marxism though as his ca... [Uncategorized]

January 4, 11PM

The contention of at least one representative of what he calls “apocalyptic theology,” namely, Samuel V. Adams (in The Reality of God and Historical Method), is that only theologians know how to know God, and that “how” is by way o... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I will be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites. Let me suggest that your church s... [Uncategorized]

11AM

Well, it seems more of the 19th and 20th Centuries, but if those two lists (at her link) are official, I’m on the low side of the readers. Maria Papova, at Brain Pickings: “Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer ... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Rob Schenck: In the United States, evangelicals are among the biggest supporters of gun rights. They are the major religious group least likely to support stricter laws. Evangelical Larry Pratt, who directs Gun Owners of America, even argues thatall C... [Uncategorized]

January 3, 11PM

By Michelle Van Loon, one of Northern Seminary’s fine students: When a renewal movement hits the church, things are bound to get messy. Some of the mess is the work of the Holy Spirit as he reanimates dry bones. Some of the mess comes when a bunch... [Uncategorized]

2PM

Ben Casselman: Nearly a decade and a half later, No Child Left Behind is often described as a failure, and there is no question that the law fell short of many of its most ambitious goals. Most schools didn’t come close to achieving the 100-percent-p... [education]

12 PM

Source (CNN)Pastor Larry Wright was talking to his small eastern North Carolina congregation about the senseless deaths in his community when a man with a rifle walked into his church. Wright, who leads the Heal the Land Outreach Ministries in Fayettevill... [Uncategorized]

9AM

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of... [Uncategorized]

January 2, 8AM

Some people think they know where history is taking us and are quite happy to declare boom-booms on those who take exception, the boom-booms declared with a long finger pointing at them with the accusation they will be on the “wrong side of history&... [Uncategorized]

January 1, 11PM

From Ivy-League to Furniture Maker Imagine an Ivy-league graduate with well-educated parents.  Dad is a lawyer, Mom a historian.  Instead of going some traditional route our newly minted college graduate is smitten with making things, especially furnitu... [Uncategorized]

December 31, 11PM

Here are the Top Ten Posts of the 2015 at Jesus Creed 1. Did Jesus Talk about Homosexuality? 2. A New Exodus out of the American Church, by Jeff Cook 3. The Same God, Volf Speaks 4. Deconstructing the Bully God, a look at NT Wright 5. John Piper and Women... [Uncategorized]
Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I ... [Prayer and Formation]

December 30, 11AM

Swati Sharma: A priest glided up and down church aisles, singing songs during a Christmas Eve Mass in the Philippines. Days later, he was reprimanded for his actions. Why? Because he was on a hoverboard. Roman Catholic Church officials in the Philippines... [Uncategorized]

December 29, 11PM

The Calvinism and Pantheism Connection: Upending the Good Wesley Walker is a seminarian at the Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University and active member in the Anglican Church in North America. “To say that God’s goodness may be different in... [Uncategorized]

1PM

This post is by Stan Gundry of Zondervan. This post was originally published on the Bible Gateway Blog. (link to https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2015/12/remembering-ed-dobson-a-guest-post-by-stan-gundry/). Edward G. Dobson, known as Dr. Dobson to some,... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Kimberly Kindy, Marc Fisher: In a year-long study, The Washington Post found that the kind of incidents that have ignited protests in many U.S. communities — most often, white police officers killing unarmed black men — represent less than 4 percent o... [Uncategorized]

4AM

Mark Moore is author of Nourish, A God Who Loves to Feed Us. He is founder of MANA Nutrition and co-founder of Calorie Cloud, a revolutionary way to collect and donate extra energy in the USA and feed hungry kids. This blog post is not for everyone.  Onl... [Uncategorized]

December 28, 11PM

Some believe in people, some believe in government/the State, and others believe in a mixture of both. That problem was perceived already by Alexis de Tocqueville when, after visiting the USA a generation prior to the Civil War, he uttered these memorable... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Michael Douglass: Kris and I began investing as we could in our late 20s and we are so glad we did. Something is better than nothing; and a little extra is even better. Millennials as a whole are worried about their finances. In fact, according to a Bank... [Uncategorized]

December 27, 11AM

Source: So here is what I would say about classical music and the institutions that sustain it. For many people music is simply a matter of enjoyment, irrelevant to the greater things in life, and a matter of personal taste with which we cannot argue. Joh... [Uncategorized]

December 26, 11PM

In 1977 E.P. Sanders wrote Paul and Palestinian Judaism and unleashed what, in the expression originally of N.T. Wright and then more forcefully J.D.G. Dunn, is called “the new perspective.” Sanders, however, put far more pressure on how we u... [new perspective] [Paul]
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one Go... [Uncategorized]

8AM

WaPo: 1. Portland “Everything you see on ‘Portlandia’? It’s kind of true,” a friend said during my swing through the city that I’d most want to move to if I didn’t already have the job of my dreams. I relish the abundant quirks: lines for (s... [Uncategorized]

6AM

Doug Bandow, at Forbes: As in years past at this time of the year Christmas trees filled homes and nativity scenes sprouted on lawns across America. Despite annoyance with sometimes ham-handed attempts to subsume Christmas in generic “holiday” celebra... [Uncategorized]

December 25, 12 PM

And what in the world is figgy pudding? Source: This holiday season, one popular Christmas carol has been raising some questions here at NPR headquarters. Namely: “Oh, bring us some figgy pudding, oh, bring us some figgy pudding, oh — ” Wait... [Uncategorized]

9AM

First we light the candle for HOPE because Jesus is our hope. Second, we light the candle for PEACE because Jesus is our hope and peace. Third, we light the candle for JOY because Jesus brings joy. Fourth, we light the candle for LOVE because Jesus is lov... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Rick Noack: Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. But it’s also among the most diverse and varies from country to country. Here are a few traditions WorldViews thinks the U.S. should consider adopting — even thoug... [Uncategorized]

4AM

By Allan Bevere: The God of Christmas Is an Embarrassment Christmas is proof that God will stoop as low as is necessary… and I mean really low… to get what God wants. In Jesus Christ, God has come into the muck and the mire of the human situat... [Uncategorized]

December 24, 9AM

Roberto Ferdman: There is naturally little sympathy for the plight of top-tier college students who lose sleep over the authenticity of their bottomless buffets. But there also seems to be very little public concern for an actual, real, non-political... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Suddenly some Christian leaders began talking about “incarnation” and “incarnational” but the terms were referring not to God Incarnate, that is, God-becoming-body-and-flesh-and-blood, but instead of Christians and churches having ... [Uncategorized]

4AM

One of the new buzzwords for ministry models is “incarnation” and various leaders now speak about “incarnational ministry.” But Andrew Root, in Relational Ministry, contends when “incarnation” becomes a strategy, a mini... [Uncategorized]

December 23, 11PM

The Incarnation of God in Christ has become fashionable. Not only does it mean God has taken up our case by becoming what we are, but it has also reached into a “theology of creation” — or the excellence of creation and the justification... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Emma Brown: School districts don’t usually operate homeless shelters for their students. Nor do they often run food banks or have a system in place to provide whatever clothes kids need. Few offer regular access to pediatricians and mental health counse... [Uncategorized]

9AM

By Bronwen Speedie is the founder of the Western Australian-based ministry, God’s Design-Perth, which seeks to bring clarity, healing, and encouragement through the biblical message of the equality of men and women. She is the author of a Bible stu... [Uncategorized]

5AM

I am often asked “What is an Anabaptist?” and “Who are the Anabaptists?” If one listened to everyone who claimed an anabaptist connection, it would be easy to be confused. So today I want to sketch the view of the one description o... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By Sara Barton, chaplain at Pepperdine University. A Refugee Baby Stories about suffering babies tear at our hearts. Consider a sampling of such stories in the headlines this year: A dead refugee child on a beach in Turkey. [1] A sick child in an immigran... [Uncategorized]

December 22, 10AM

BBC: A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses. They told the militants “to kill them together or leave them alone”, ... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Source: Two Kentucky churches once belonging to a local chapter of the Southern Baptist Convention have ended their ties over having female pastors. Trinity Baptist Church of Bloomfield was officially removed from the Nelson Baptist Association while Unio... [Uncategorized]

December 21, 11PM

Derwin Gray grew up in San Antonio in a family far from the Christian church and far from historic orthodoxy; he ended up at Brigham Young University on a football scholarship, married and a Christian — then in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts an... [Uncategorized]

10AM

We are deeply honored here in the McKnight house that Englewood Review of Books awarded for the Book of the Year our  A Fellowship of Differents. [Uncategorized]

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About Christine Lee, with Grace Wong: Well, God had other plans. The next Sunday after that conversation, I was sitting in church during the Eucharist. In the Episcopal Church, everyone goes forward to receive communion. The priest gives you a wafer and t... [Women and Ministry]

December 20, 11PM

Reading Samuel Adams’ sketch of apocalyptic theology (The Reality of God and Historical Method) as it impacts on NT Wright’s approach to history (that is, his critical realism) comes with the request (or demand) to do the whole task differentl... [Uncategorized]

4PM

The Paraclete bakers (Some produces seen at Priory gifts and the Monastery Kitchen) are back at it. We are grateful for their annual shipping to us of one of these incredible cinnamon swirl loaves.   Thanks Community of Jesus. Mercy me, Kris and I su... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Today we relight the first three candles of the Advent Wreath — the candles of HOPE, PEACE and JOY. Now we light the fourth candle of Advent. This is the candle of LOVE. Jesus demonstrated self-giving love in his ministry as the Good Shepherd. Adven... [Advent]

5AM

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. BCP [Uncategorized]

December 18, 11PM

Sarah Larimer, good story of the week: Safyre Terry got her Christmas cards. Okay, to be a bit more exact, she got hundreds of thousands of them — including about 185,000 on Monday alone. You may remember hearing about Safyre; we wrote about her last... [Weekly Meanderings]

4AM

By John Frye: Believe it or not practicing the presence of God did not start with Brother Lawrence. That practice began in earnest with the Pharisees in Jesus’ day. The Pharisees sparked a holiness movement that became popular with the common folk in Ga... [Uncategorized]

December 17, 11PM

Lily Ellyn Dunn is a teacher, a freelance writer, and (most importantly) an ice cream connoisseur. She and her husband are currently relocating to Columbia, SC after two years in South Korea. Lily wrestles with her faith on her blog, lilyellyn.com. You ca... [mary]

9AM

Melissa Chen: One reason it continues is because too many parents believe that a certain kind of education is necessary for succeeding in life. Too many parents believe that it is necessary to get into the right pre-school in order to be ready for element... [Uncategorized]

December 16, 11PM

The post yesterday about Derwin Gray’s high-definitional leader can be complemented by a wider strategy seen in Brenda Salter McNeil’s Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice. Readers of my blog or The... [Uncategorized]

9AM

There is a debate now about the Wheaton professor who quoted Pope Francis that Christians and Muslims worship the “same” God. The issue here is in part Christian theology and in part the meaning of “same.” I return to a series of p... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Bob Smietana: A tenured Wheaton College political science professor who pledged to wear a hijab during Advent in support of her Muslim neighbors has been placed on administrative leave. Not for donning the Islamic head covering, but over “significan... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By Jonathan Storment: When I look back on 2015, the greatest thing I think the LORD has shown me this year are how relevant the seven deadly sins are to my life and ministry.  Today we are coming to the last one, and it is the one that I have saved for t... [Uncategorized]

December 15, 11PM

The challenge of this decade and the next can be reduced to one question: Will your church become high-definition or will it remain mono-cultural? The challenge to become multi-ethnic churches requires multi-ethnic leaders, or what Derwin Gray calls The H... [Uncategorized]

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8AM

Shannon Watts: As the day went on, my sadness and anger turned into resolve. I didn’t know quite what to do, but I knew I had to do something to prevent this from happening to my children or to anyone’s children. At the time, I was a stay-at-h... [Uncategorized]

December 14, 11PM

The intent of James D.G. Dunn’s 3-volume set is to take us from Jesus to the threshold of the Great Church, from Jesus to about 180AD. In volume Dunn examined Jesus Remembered and in the 2d volume he examined the earliest church up to about 70AD (Be... [gospel]

8AM

LaVonne Neff on how our healthcare is failing — all of us: What are your stories about healthcare this year?  Well, folks, if consumers are unable to do comparative shopping; if we all believe we have a divine right to any healthcare that’s a... [Uncategorized]

4AM

Wesley Walker is a seminarian at Liberty University School of Divinity and an active member in the Anglican Church in North America. His personal blog can be found here. In Christian circles, what Christ’s death on the cross accomplished is an oft debat... [Atonement]

December 13, 11PM

It is Samuel V. Adams’ contention that the historical method cannot lead us to knowledge of God, and so his book – The Reality of God and Historical Method – is both a critique of N.T. Wright’s “critical realism” and ... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Larycia Hawkins: I don’t love my Muslim neighbor because s/he is American. I love my Muslim neighbor because s/he deserves love by virtue of her/his human dignity. I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE. Now we light the third candle of Advent. This is the candle of JOY. As the coming of Jesus, our Savior, draws nearer, our joy builds with our anticipa... [Advent]

December 12, 11PM

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be hono... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

Will Hobson and Steven Rich: The University of Illinois paid fired football coach Ron Zook $1.3 million while he spent a year trying a new career in banking and working on his water-skiing in Florida. The University of California paid Jeff Tedford $1.8 mi... [Uncategorized]

9AM

Selfies: Are They New? James Hall is an art historian, lecturer, and broadcaster.  He is also a visiting research fellow at the University of Southampton. His beautiful book, The Self-Portrait: a Cultural History, comes with over 100 color pictures. Davi... [Uncategorized]

December 11, 11PM

Story of the week, from Chicago Tribune: A magical moment was caught on camera when Santa Claus comforted a child with autism who was worried his disability would put him on the “naughty list.” A photo shows the Santa at the RiverTown Crossing... [Weekly Meanderings]

11AM

Christians are not to evangelize Jews: Which means Peter’s mission to the Jews was a waste of time; which means Paul’s mission and groaning for his people was wrong-headed and wrong-hearted. Which means the Pope… The new document is call... [Uncategorized]
Tribune: The Chicago Cubs capped a stunning eight days by agreeing to terms on a multi-year contract with prized free agent outfielder Jason Heyward, a source said Friday. The signing of Heyward, 26, a three-time Gold Glove outfielder who is a lifeti... [Uncategorized]

10AM

Source: By A Coalition of Wheaton College Student Leaders On Friday, December 4, Liberty University’s Chancellor Falwell made public statements about protecting the campus against possible terrorist threats. In his remarks, he called for students to arm... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Any kind of Christian ministry in North America requires both preparation and experience, so an increasing number of ministers are deeply involved in the experience dimension and finding it nearly impossible to attend seminary full-time. A seminary curric... [Uncategorized]

3AM

By John Frye One writer describes Mark 6:45-52 an one of the most enigmatic episodes in Mark’s Gospel. The main wonder is Jesus