Weekly Meanderings, 27 May 2017

Good start for a Saturday morning!Must read of the week: In March 2016, Harding High football coach Sam Greiner moved quarterback Braheam Murphy into his home when Murphy was functionally homeless and helped the young man turn his life -- and his academic status -- around.Monday, Murphy got the news he had always dreamed of: he got his first college scholarship offer -- from Army.Since moving in with Greiner, Murphy has kept his grade-point average over a 3.5, the coach said. … [Read More...]

Very Sad, Our Prayers

By Omar Fahmy | CAIRO Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians traveling to a monastery in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 28 people and wounding 25 others, and many children were among the victims, Health Ministry officials said.Eyewitnesses said masked men opened fire after stopping the Christians, who were traveling in a bus and other vehicles.Local television channels showed a bus apparently raked by gunfire and smeared with blood. Clothes and shoes could be seen lying in and … [Read More...]

One Human Being (John Frye)

One Human Being, by John FryeTucked into the quiet pages of the New Testament is a book that takes up just two-thirds of one page in my NIV. This very brief personal letter is the key that has unlocked and continues to break the chains of slavery (of any kind). The book was written by Paul to a good friend named Philemon. The short letter is so personal and unassuming that its latent liberating energies may be totally missed.What do the words of Jesus recorded in Mark 10:43-45 look like … [Read More...]

Jesus’ Temptation: My Podcast

https://soundcloud.com/user-212639123/the-drama-of-jesus-temptation-kr-52 … [Read More...]

Rompers on Stage?

From Babylon Bee: U.S.—According to reports flooding in from around the country, believers everywhere stopped what they were doing Tuesday and began begging God to prevent the “male romper” craze from catching on among their congregations’ worship leaders.“We’ve persevered through the skinny jea … [Read More...]

What Would You Choose? (RJS)

Since 1982 the Gallup Poll has been asking Americans about their views on evolution and human origins. This week they released the results of their most recent survey conducted in early May of this year (here). The question posed (with the order of options randomized):Which of the following … [Read More...]

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

By Michelle Van Loon www.MichelleVanLoon.com and www.MomentsAndDays.orgPrecious few of us will ever receive an invitation to travel for free to the Holy Land or to tour with a group of high-level Christian influencers to witness first-hand the stories behind the headlines in places like Rwanda, … [Read More...]

Trump, Russia, Obama, Israel: Difference?

Source: (And here at WaPo too) According to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), the State Department gave $349,276 in U.S. taxpayer-funded grants to a political group in Israel to build a campaign operation, which subsequently was used to try to influence Israelis to … [Read More...]

Tech Wise Family: An Awe-filled Life

By Jonathan StormentBack when the telephone first became popular, an interesting phenomenon occurred. People started to call other people armed with a new found power to pretend to be someone they weren’t.The word telephone literally means “distant speech” and before this technology existed, … [Read More...]

Is WARP the New WASP?

I was in a conversation the other day with an editor friend about the usefulness of the term "evangelical." While we both agreed that there's not on the table any term that serves us better, there is no doubt that many of us know -- some fear it -- the term has lost its moorings in … [Read More...]

Lord, Save Us From a Prooftext Faith (RJS)

Scripture is not a collection of proof-texts, propositions and commandments, to be pulled out on demand to answer our questions and guide our behavior. Scripture is the story of God's mission in the world. The Gospel writers understood this and conveyed the story of the life, death, and resurrection … [Read More...]

The Viability of the Old Testament

No one in our culture defends the value of the Old Testament any more than John Goldingay, professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, and one of my favorite OT scholars (even if his books get a bit too long at times).He's also good at provocation, as can be seen in this title: Do … [Read More...]

Dismissing Violence

There are two features of Greg Boyd's massive study The Crucifixion of the Warrior God that I most appreciate: his squaring with the facts about violence and his relentless push to understand the Bible through the lens of the cruciform nature of God revealed in Christ.You may not like Boyd's … [Read More...]

Prayer for the Day

O God,you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding:Pour into our hearts such love towards you,that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises,which exceed all that we can desire;through Jesus Christ our … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 20 May 2017

Great for the Cubs manager Joe Maddon! From Mark Gonzales:The Respect 90 Foundation started by Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon will donate 1,000 meals to homeless children and families at the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Lodge in Chicago.The gesture was made by Maddon following … [Read More...]

Our DMin Cohort is Filling Up: Act Now

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. There is no DMin degree quite like this one and we are learning that pastors want this kind of contextual shaping kind of study of the New Testament.Think about joining … [Read More...]

Comfortably Human

By John Frye“Not one of the disciples dared ask Jesus, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew—‘It’s the Lord.’”I am intrigued by the ambiguity the disciples felt on the shore of Galilee around a breakfast meal cooking on a fire Jesus built (John 21). What’s going on in their heads? They are confide … [Read More...]