A Christmas Present Idea

This story from Leslie is about our book Sharing God’s Love, which Kris and I hope grandparents and parents purchase for their little ones for Christmas. I am a mom to four boys ranging in age from three years to eight years.  A normal day with them can include wrestling matches over who owns the Legos and sweet moments where they actually put someone else’s needs first.  Sometimes I feel like I am a referee, but instead of getting caught up… Read more

Why Not YEC? (RJS)

In the opening chapter of Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design Ken Ham describes and defends Young Earth Creation, the primary argument is that this is the most faithful interpretation of Scripture. None of the other three contributors Hugh Ross (Old Earth Creation), Deborah Haarsma (Evolutionary Creation), or Stephen Meyer (Intelligent Design) find this argument compelling. All three take Scripture very seriously as the inspired revelation of God’s mission in his creation, as the word of God. Hugh… Read more

Both Can’t Be True

From CBE By Kat Armas On November 16, 2017 I recently went public with my egalitarian beliefs. I admit, it took a while. Coming from a complementarian tradition, I knew that such a major shift in ideology would not be taken lightly. I expected questions, disapproval, and debates. Needless to say, I was right. It wasn’t taken lightly. Since publicly changing my views, I’ve had a lot of conversations about egalitarian theology with complementarian Christians. Conversations with a tad more progressive complementarians typically… Read more

It’s About Certainty

What was the turning point in Martin Luther’s personal and theological life? The most common understanding is that the turning point was his discovery of justification by faith, with emphasis by most on justification.  Richard Rex contends, No, it was about “by faith” and the crucial difference in Luther’s life occurs in 1518 (not earlier) and has to do with certainty of salvation or a certain standing in a state of grace. That is, Luther was certain that he was saved. All of… Read more

Questions For Theologians

In her new introduction to theologians and their methods book, Introducing Theological Method: A Survey of Contemporary Theologians and Approaches, Mary Veeneman, contends we need to ask three questions about how theology is done — and she’s right. We need books like this that describe how theologians do their theology, and we need books that distinguish one’s method from another’s method. 1. What are the primary sources for theological reflection? Some theologians will argue that the biblical text alone should inform… Read more

Weekly Meanderings, 18 November 2017

Kris, who found most of this week’s links, and I are in Boston at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting. We look forward to coffee today with our friend Lucy Peppiatt. Christian Wiman, on joy, a good sample of why Wiman deserves to be read: “Joy is the present tense, with the whole emphasis on the present,” writes Kierkegaard. This is accurate insofar as it accords with the feeling of joy, which can banish all the retrospective and anticipatory mental… Read more

New Webinar: Atonement (Nov 30)

Atonement Theory Webinar What you think about God and the gospel are found in what you think of atonement. Ever wish you could understand the atonement better? Ever wish you could teach the atonement more clearly to your congregation? Ever wish to clear up the caustic language people use about atonement? I want to help.  I’m doing a webinar on the atonement that will help your church embrace the rich and vibrant images that come from the atonement. Over the centuries… Read more

What Is Needed To Decide?

There are two things to consider: first, that bundles of Christians are abandoning evangelicalism because it is argued evangelicalism is a recent development in the church and, second, that evangelicalism is out of sync with historic, creedal, orthodox Christian beliefs. What about development of doctrine in the church? Is it only found among evangelicals? Or is this found also in Catholics and the Orthodox? By the way, in this slot on Fridays normally John Frye posts for us but he’s… Read more

Reading The Bible Podcast: Q&A

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Mark Galli Vs. Denny Burk

Mark Galli: The Nashville Statement addresses a burning issue of our day: human sexuality. The social and political pressures to deny the biblical teaching on God’s intent for our sexuality are immense, and we believe the statement’s creators clearly grasp the need to stand firm. This is not merely an ethical debate about what one can and cannot do in the bedroom; in fact, on this issue rest crucial aspects of the doctrine of Scripture and theological anthropology. Unfortunately, in attempting to… Read more

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