Erasing Hell 3

[Notice: You will want to read this whole post. There’s a surprise at the end.] I’ve been blogging on the soon-to-be released book by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up. In this last post, I want to touch on a subject whose treatment [Read More...]

Writing Style 8

Buried within the chapter on concision in Williams and Colombs’ book Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th Edition) is a transformative writing principle—perhaps one of the most important of all! To become a good writer, you need to read the best writers. Read the best and model your writing after theirs. Don’t think for a [Read More...]

Erasing Hell 2

This is the second of a three-part review of the soon-to-be published book Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle. This post will briefly discuss the structure and themes of the book. Erasing Hell contains seven chapters and includes and introduction and an [Read More...]

Delta Airlines and Saudi Arabia

But Delta Airlines is facing a similar moral dilemma as they get are about to complete an alliance with Saudi Arabia. The Delta-Saudi deal means adding Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) to Delta’s SkyTeam Alliance. For the first time, this would allow Delta passengers to fly direct into Saudi Arabia, as long as passengers are not [Read More...]

Erasing Hell 1

Since the publication of Rob Bell’s book Love Wins, there have been a number of evangelical responses both in the blogosphere and in print. There are four book length treatments that are either published or will be published later this summer (see John Starke’s list). While I’ve not read any of the other books, I [Read More...]

Writing Style 7

I continue my series on writing style with lesson 7 in Williams and Colomb’s book Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th Edition). The topic in this post is writing concisely or, as they title it, with “concision”. [Read more...]

The Lone Democrat

Late last night the New York legislator passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Shortly after the Senate passed the bill, Gov. Cuomo signed it into law. New York becomes the largest state to legalize marriage in the US. The vote in the Senate was split down party lines (33 to 29) with four Republicans [Read More...]

Nachfolge – the Community of the Cross

One powerful element of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Nachfolge (“Discipleship”) is his understanding of necessity of suffering (chapter 4 “Discipleship and the Cross”). True believers must participate in the suffering of Christ. This call to self-denial and suffering is the “hard word of grace” (86). Just as Christ is only Christ as one who suffers and is [Read More...]