One of My Favorite Cubs Pitchers: Mike Krukow

Source: Mike Krukow says the worst part is falling down. "There is nothing more humiliating than falling in front of people," says the longtime Giants broadcaster. "The biggest, most stressful thing is thinking about being on the field and falling in front of 40,000 people." It seems unbelievable. The former pitcher spent 14 seasons in the big leagues, with stops at Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. A strapping 6-5, 200-pound right-hander, he won 124 games, had a 20-win season in … [Read More...]


The Author of Life (RJS)

I had the privilege of being in Oxford last week (UK! not OH or MS). The picture to the right was taken from the top of the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. You can click on the image for a larger version. I'd never been to Oxford before and the town and University are impressive. The highlight of the week, though, was not the place but the people. I was in Oxford for a workshop with grantees from the Evolution and Christian Faith program administered by BioLogos. It was nice to see … [Read More...]

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The Church’s Wisdom on Prayer

The collects of the church reveal the church's practices and beliefs about prayer; in them we see the church's theology of prayer come to expression. I posted about the collects last week here and included a reference to a fine book "collecting" the collects: C. Frederick Barbee and Paul F.M. Zahl, The Collects of Thomas Cranmer. There are five basic elements of a collect, and each of these expresses the Christian theology of prayer: 1. Address to God 2. Naming a context in which God … [Read More...]

Board Resignations, Board Support at Bryan College

Source: Four members of the Bryan College board of trustees have resigned, saying they're upset with the direction that the Christian liberal arts college in Dayton, Tenn., has taken under President Stephen Livesay. The resignations capped months of discontent on the Bryan campus brought to … [Read More...]

The Bible’s General Trend and Hell

In the exceptionally useful anthology of scholarly pieces on conditionalism (or annihilationism) in Rethinking Hell (ed. C.M. Date, GG. Stump, J.W. Anderson), one of the most important contributions is by Harold E. Guillebaud, whose work is now harder to find (I find no copies available through … [Read More...]

I Love the Bible: W

God’s manifold mercy, God’s lovingkindness that embraces us in our manifold needs, is the hope of the psalmist in the next section (waw-section; 119:41-48). His prayer: “May your steadfast love reach me.” That lovingkindness is understood here as “deliverance” (v. 41b), and that … [Read More...]

Incomparable Shirt

Love it! … [Read More...]

Tullian and American Evangelicalism’s Biggest Challenge

Source: (Straight from the heart of James Kennedy's turf.) Over the last 30 years, the Religious Right has replaced Christianity's foremost message of the Gospel with that of a political movement, argued the current pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. "We're well known for saying … [Read More...]

The Church in the Middle East Dwindles

An increase in persecution: In one city, the population of Christians has gone from 100,000 to about 200. (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a … [Read More...]

Almighty God…

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; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus … [Read More...]

Women Bishops in the Church of England

This week the Church of England decided that women could not only be priests but also bishops. The Church of Uganda has supported this decision, as seen here: Stanley Ntagali The Primate of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Kampala, has released a statement welcoming … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 19 July 2014

Our week in Oxford included a number of connections to CS Lewis, including a fine talk by Alister McGrath who quoted (as he is wont to do) Lewis a number of times. But the highlight was a stroll Kris and I took on the grounds of Magdalen College on Addison's trail, where Tolkien and Dyson convinced … [Read More...]

The Pastoral Challenges of the Family

I am grateful the Vatican has chosen a General Assembly to expound a Christian theology of family in the context of evangelism. I have clipped the opening paragraph to the document (only a working paper called Instrumentum laboris) and then the outline. The Catholic Church's document on social … [Read More...]

Churches and the Family

From First Things, an interview with W. Bradford Wilcox: What can churches do to bridge the growing class divide in American family life? My argument to the bishops was three-fold. I suggested that 1) Churches need to be a voice for economic justice for lower-income families by, for instance, … [Read More...]

But Did Jesus Really Mean It? (John Frye)

Love Your Enemies “To love enemies breaks through the self barrier into divine space,” writes Scot McKnight in his SGBC: Sermon on the Mount (144). We have come to the last pericope in Matthew 5: verses 43-48 titled in the NIV “Love for Enemies.” Jesus steps into the “love your … [Read More...]

I Love the Bible: He

The “he” section of Psalm 119 (vv. 33-40) notably puts the psalmist in the posture of learning. The verbs are so clear in this psalm: Teach me (v. 33) Give me understanding (v. 34) Direct me (v. 35) Turn my heart (v. 36) Turn my eyes (v. 37) Like the posture of Mary before Jesus, who … [Read More...]

ADHD: More Movement, She Says

Source: Over the past decade, more and more children are being coded as having attention issues and possibly ADHD. A local elementary teacher tells me that at least eight of her twenty-two students have trouble paying attention on a good day. At the same time, children are expected to sit for … [Read More...]