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Invitation to Our Book Launch

Some of you know Laura (my daughter) and I turned the Jesus Creed into a children's book. The Jesus Creed is from Mark 12:29-31 and urges us to love God and love others.As this was taught to the boys and girls in ancient Israel, so it can -- and should -- be taught to our children today.Sharing God's Love - The Jesus Creed for Children will launch on Thursday evening, October 16 at Carol and Company, a unique gift shop in downtown Barrington, Illinois.I hope you will join Laura and … [Read More...]

To the Church, about Singlehood

By Khristi L. Adams:Not all members of the body of Christ are called to marriage, but all are called to be part of the body of Christ. We are complete in him alone and we are all adopted into one family no matter our place in society or our relationship status. We have to create a culture that celebrates, embraces and encourages individuals whether married or not. Here are a few things we can do to start.Change our language, phrases, jokes, and assumptions about single people’s lives. … [Read More...]

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Remembering Love (by Josh Ross)

This post is by my friend, Josh Ross @joshualouisross, who is author of the book Scarred Faith and preaching minister at the Sycamore View Church in Memphis.Remembering LoveWhat cities come to mind when you think of the most evil, sexually charged, immoral, idolatrous places in the 1st century?You know what the Bible calls most of those cities? They are called the titles of some of the major books in the New Testament.A lot of time, attention, and ink were given to strengthen and … [Read More...]

The Politics of Bible Translations

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 reality is that the major Bible translations in use today … [Read More...]

The Riddle called John

I'm not alone in the experience, but here it is: a deep and lengthy immersion in the language and thought of the Synoptic Gospels followed by a reading of any passage in the Gospel of John. The change of texts can befuddle even the most experienced of readers.What happened, for examples, to … [Read More...]

Corporal Punishment 4

I don't move in circles that discuss corporal punishment much, whether the discussion is about the home or in society. So I would like to know what you believe about corporal punishment in society as a result of breaking laws. And the major question here that we want to address is How do we make … [Read More...]

Meant to be Experienced (RJS)

I've been especially busy the last week, and traveling today. Rather than struggle to come up with something new, this is a repeat of one of my favorite posts, lightly edited. You may or may not agree with my ranking of the post - but the topic is worth some consideration. I've run through a few … [Read More...]

Kingdom Conspiracy (by Josh Graves)

Chapters 1-2 Review for Scot McKnight, Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2014).There is, at almost every level of Christian life in America, a tension rising to surface between people's understanding of the meaning of Jesus' k … [Read More...]

Corporal Punishment 3

William Webb, in his newest book, Corporal Punishment in the Bible: A Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic for Troubling Texts, examines what might be called the traditional view of spanking among evangelical Christians. He calls it the "two smacks max" or "two spanks max" method.No Christians today … [Read More...]

Imagine a World like this, says Jesus

Parables sometimes get a bum rap. For too many and for too long Christians have read the parables as illustrations of propositions found more clearly in other texts. So, it is argued, Jesus gives a parable about the pearl of great price -- a parable that seemingly tells his followers to give it all … [Read More...]

The Story of God

How to read the Bible? It has become common today that we need to learn to read the Bible in the context of the Bible's unfolding, dramatic story. What story? The story of God's ways with humans, the story of God's way of ruling and humans preferring not to have God rule but to have human kings … [Read More...]

O God, you declare your almighty power…

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 with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever … [Read More...]

Pondering Photos (Patrick Mitchel)

Patrick Mitchel is a theologian teaching at Irish Bible Institute, a wonderful teacher at a wonderful ministry in the heart of Dublin -- we have been there and it remains one of our all-time highlights.Today someone kindly sent us some photos in the post from years back. (How nice to get a … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 27 September 2014

Kirsten Powers -- we broke Iraq -- read these sobering words: Colin Powell famously told President George W. Bush before the Iraq invasion, "If you break it, you own it." Well, it's safe to say we broke Iraq.That's the story I heard last week from two people who live there. I met with the Rev. … [Read More...]

Corporal Punishment 2

William Webb, in his newest book, Corporal Punishment in the Bible: A Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic for Troubling Texts, examines what might be called the traditional view of spanking among evangelical Christians. He calls it the "two smacks max" or "two spanks max" method.I want for readers … [Read More...]

Jesus and Judgment Day (by John Frye)

Judgment DayBy the emphases presented by pastors and teachers to the folks in the pews and desks about evangelical Christianity, people are led to believe that the final judgment will be all about right doctrines and the faithful discovery and use of spiritual gifts. Many will be shocked that as … [Read More...]

Liberal Theology: The Conservatives Fight Back

Liberal theology emerged in the 19th Century and regularly drew response from the traditionalists, the orthodox or the conservative. Trials just prior to the 20th Century favored the conservatives but in the 2d and 3d decade of the 20th Century the liberals began to win. This story is told in Roger … [Read More...]