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Weekly Meanderings, 31 January 2015

Education is more than for the brain, by Aleta Margolis As an educator for the past 25 years, I’m delighted that our national conversations about teaching and learning are beginning to recognize that excellent instruction engages students intellectually, emotionally, and physically. We’ve come a long way in our understanding of the development of young minds. Yet despite research proving the lasting benefits of serious play, too many of our classrooms remain still, silent places, lacking any ele … [Read More...]

Brewers Evangelizing

R. Jared Staudt:What is it about monks and beer? The two just go together. And as craft beer continues to rise in popularity in the United States, the ones responsible for creating western brewing practices are reclaiming their own. This renewal is important for monastic life in providing another opportunity for monks to produce their own goods and to sustain their monasteries (in an age when many of their traditional farming practices are in decline; see an odd example in Mepkin Abbey’s co … [Read More...]

Paul’s Big Gospel (by John Frye)

I have not seen Romans 2:16 quoted in any of the popular soterian gospels that populate the landscape of American evangelicalism. The Apostle Paul wrote, “This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.” With the anemic reductions in the Gospel of the kingdom of God promoted as simple “plans of salvation,” all the robust nutrients of the biblical gospel are boiled away. We are given an unsavory gospel gruel rather than the grand salvi … [Read More...]

Walk Away Renee (by Michelle Van Loon)

Michelle is not new to the Jesus Creed blog (or @nseminary, where she is one of our students), but for those of you who don't know... she writes a wonderful blog and I hope you put her on your favorites list. And if you are keen on this topic, check out Finding Faith, Losing Faith (in the books … [Read More...]

New Kippa

Sharona Schwartz: With a major increase in anti-Semitic incidents reported all over Europe, prompting some Jews to try to hide their faith in public, a new accessory was developed to allow Jewish men to wear their yarmulkes but look like they’re not.It’s a yarmulke made of human hair, called the … [Read More...]

Human Experience and Our Hope for the Future (RJS)

A couple of weeks ago we began a series of posts looking at John Polkinghorne's book The God of Hope and the End of the World. After looking at insights into hope and the end of the world from the realm of science (see the previous post: The End of the World), Polkinghorne turns to human sciences … [Read More...]

Rethinking Heaven (NT Wright)

What ideas were presented to you about heaven when you grew up? [Please drop a comment because I'd like to know how many of us grew up with the notions of a new heaven and new earth -- let's call it a renewed earth heaven -- or a heaven up there and out there -- let's call it a spiritual … [Read More...]

The Church’s Declining Influence

Darrin Patrick: There are really two ditches that churches fall into when it comes to entering into and challenging the political climate—and culture, generally:Unrighteous ActivismSome churches are tempted to think, “Jesus is gone, it’s all on us.” It’s not that activism itself is wrong, bu … [Read More...]

Kingdom of God, Politics, and Romans 13

In a recent blog post, Greg Boyd, who endorsed my Kingdom Conspiracy, weighs in on why we dare not let kingdom of God be connected to politics. He provides 12 reasons and I endorse the thrust of his post -- yet over and over we see folks using the expression "kingdom of God" for political activism … [Read More...]

Regent Redux: Making Peace with Church

Many Christians constantly wrestle with questions around church: why to go, how to choose one, how to deal with the imperfections and brokenness we see, and whether or not to abandon the whole thing together.I'll be a panelist next week during a live discussion delving into these topics along wit … [Read More...]

Addictions and Augustine, Bunyan and Edwards

Augustine, Bunyan, and Edwards on AddictionBy David George Moore.  Dave blogs at new research underscores what most of us already believed intuitively.  Deep and long-lasting h … [Read More...]

Read the Whole Bible? (RJS)

I had the opportunity last fall to meet Amy Julia Becker at a BioLogos gathering. Amy Julia is author of a number of books, most recently Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most. She has a blog Thin Places that touches on a number of different issues. She commented on her … [Read More...]

Scripture, Church, Tradition

At its simplest, Protestants believe in Scripture alone and Roman Catholics believe in Scripture and Tradition. Postmodernity raised its hand in this discussion to remind Protestants that there is no pure "alone" and that all interpretations are mediated by both the individual interpreter and the … [Read More...]

To My Preacher’s Kid, about Becoming a Man (Jason Micheli)

By Jason MicheliTo My Preacher’s Kid (about) Becoming a ManDear Son,It occurred to me recently that, as a preacher’s kid (PK), you hear me give guidance to others more often than I do for you.As a result, I thought I’d write you this ‘FYI’ even though it may be a bit premature. In the … [Read More...]

How Science Works — Objecting to Evolution

How does science really work? Is it a game played behind closed doors by a special clan of credentialed folks who have created a society in which no one can criticize their central ideas? Or is it a game played on the open market for all to see? That is the question Denis Alexander is posing in his … [Read More...]

Give us grace, O Lord

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 Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. … [Read More...]

Free Range Parents

From CNN:(CNN)It's starting to feel a little bit like Groundhog Day when it comes to parents under attack for letting their children do things on their own.The latest case? A Silver Spring, Maryland, couple is facing a neglect investigation for letting their 10-year-old son and … [Read More...]