The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism Michael McClymond is Professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University. He has published widely on Jonathan Edwards. His book, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (co-authored with Gerald McDermott) was chosen by Christianity Today in 2012 as the best book in theology/ethics. The following interview revolves around McClymond’s just released (June 2018), two-volume (!) magnum opus, The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism This interview… Read more

This troll is looking down onto Northern Seminary, and as I sit in my office he’s/she’s looking down at me! Which I had flying home from Istanbul, having started the day in Rome: If you sit at a desk all day, you may experience vague discomfort and pain where you sit. Doctors may call this lower cross syndrome, gluteal amnesia or gluteus medius tendinosis. But another term is more memorable: “dead butt” syndrome. “When I call it ‘dead butt’ syndrome, patients grasp the concept… Read more

By our pastor Amanda Holm Rosengren Some weeks, tuning in to the news is particularly difficult. Such has been the case for me the past few weeks. As you are no doubt aware, media and social media have been saturated with news of the thousands of children who have been separated from their families over the course of a few months due to a policy shift in the enforcement of U.S. immigration law. I don’t need to take time here… Read more

From CBE, by Jeffrey Miller Many Christians, certainly most egalitarians, are familiar with Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (NIV). But as well-known as this passage is, it’s still common to wonder what mutual submission actually looks like in practice. Here’s my take on it: Isaac and Me A friend of mine, Isaac, and I recently went out for a meal together. Neither of us had an agenda. We ate our burgers and chatted for… Read more

Keeping Church Local, by Mike Glenn Recently, America has been captivated by the “farm to table” movement in restaurants and grocery shopping. According to this movement, the closer your vegetables are grown to the place where they’re eaten, the better the taste will be. There will be no processing, canning or artificial anything added to destroy the natural taste of the vegetable pulled right from the ground. The farmers’ names are proudly added to the packages, and we’re encouraged to… Read more

Our Conversation about Race Needs More Gospel, by Drew Colby I am a proud associate pastor. A group at our United Methodist church has been meeting for about nine months. Inspired by the protest and tragedies in Charlottesville they started meeting to discuss racial reconciliation. They’ve used resources that the UMC’s General Commission on Racial Reconciliation has offered and they have learned a lot. I want to offer something else that may help continue to move the conversation forward; and… Read more

Communication is a deliberate action with a specific purpose or intent.  Human communication generally uses words and sentences and it uses these to convey an idea and to elicit a response. John Walton and Brent Sandy, The Lost World of Scripture, make the point that intent is part and parcel of the authority of a communication. It is the integral and essential carrier of authority. When we affirm the authority (or inerrancy or infallibility) of Scripture we are (or should… Read more

I have been on a tour with Northern Seminary’s MA in New Testament students through Turkey, Greece, and Italy (Pompeii and Rome), so I have been out of the loop on the discussion in the USA about separating children from parents. In the Trump administration a few have commented on listening to the federal government authorities as a Christian duty. They have appealed to Romans 13, so a discussion has arisen about Romans 13:1-7 in the early years of emperor… Read more

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 part by saying up front that I don’t believe in ecclesiastical superiority. I don’t think any single church or denomination is the one true church. I’ve heard more than a whiff of… Read more

Review: Near Christianity By Michelle Van Loon and Historically, Evangelicals have been those who’ve planted their flag well within carefully-defined spiritual boundaries. People are either “in” or “out”, based on their stated relationship with Jesus. On the inside of that boundary line, there are dozens of other fissure lines based on denomination, worship style, and doctrinal difference. Boundary-crossing words like “interfaith” and “ecumenical” are usually viewed by those in the Evangelical world with great suspicion, as they seem… Read more

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