Prayer of the Week

Almighty and everlasting God,who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation:Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith;through Jesus Christ our Lord,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.Amen. … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 22 April 2017

Go Cubs, Go! Chicago Cubs fans continue to prove they can't get enough championship gear -- even the most expensive type.Jostens started selling World Series champion jewelry, including rings, on April 12, and in the first full week of sales, it sold two times more title jewelry than it had for any other championship team, said Chris Poitras, who heads Jostens' college and sports division."The Cubs' championship story was a story that was like nothing else we've ever seen," Poitras … [Read More...]

Free Webinar on Writing

Date: 4/27/17 Time: 10am CSTDescription:Have you ever wanted to improve your writing, but wasn’t sure where to start?Scot McKnight has written or edited almost 60 books.  He knows first hand that writing is no small endeavor, but also the power of the written word.  The good news is that there are ways to improve on this difficult yet important task.In this Webinar you will: Learn about why writing is so important for the Church. Tips on writing from one of the Church’s mos … [Read More...]

Things Christian Women Hear about Women

This post is from Arise, a publication of Christians for Biblical Equality, and in the comment box please write out what you have heard.By Rachel Elizabeth Asproth On April 19, 2017Last night, Sarah Bessey (we’re fans!) began a conversation about the strange, sexist, abusive, an … [Read More...]

On Funerals

By John FryeOfficiating funeral services comes with the calling to the pastoral vocation. I was just out of seminary in the summer of 1975 and called to a church in Racine, WI. One of my first duties as associate pastor (a euphemism for student pastor) was to conduct the memorial service for a … [Read More...]

Greg Boyd Back at it!

If you teach college students who tell you what they think, you will hear about this problem. My first semester at North Park many years ago meant teaching Joshua and Judges, to name but two of the locations. It means confronting the God of war in the Old Testament, and students who are honest are … [Read More...]

If the World were like the Good Samaritan’s … [Read More...]

The Case of the Missing Bodies of the Archbishops

Now resolved. It is a perfect Easter story – except, unlike Jesus’s empty tomb after the Resurrection, this tomb is crammed with the remains of former Archbishops of Canterbury.Last year, during the refurbishment of the Garden Museum, which is housed in a deconsecrated medieval parish church nex … [Read More...]

Thinking of a DMin Degree: Think the new Northern

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...]

Consider the Devil(s) (RJS)

When my son was in third or fourth grade he gave a year end report on Tasmanian Devils (image credit). These are fascinating carnivorous marsupials now found only on on the Australian Island state of Tasmania. But it wasn't all fun - there is a dark side to the tale of the Tasmanian Devil. They are … [Read More...]

Science is Always Changing?

If I've heard it once I've heard it one hundred times: "science is always changing." The implication every time I've heard it is this: "So I don't trust science." The further implication is this: "So I trust Christian theology, the Bible, etc."At the Houston BioLogos conference I had a short … [Read More...]

Think Seminary at the New Northern

Would you like to deepen your ability to teach, preach, and write for your church context? Do you have a desire to take your church into the rich perspective of the New Testament?This Fall I am launching our second innovative Master of Arts in New Testament degree (MANT) at Northern Seminary t … [Read More...]

Apologetics on Film

The new movie about Lee Strobel's conversion story -- the result of his own discovery of an apologetic for the resurrection of Jesus -- has been all but assailed in this review, by Josiah at Vice, who presses against some of the themes of the movie:Attempting to prove the Bible's legitimacy … [Read More...]

The Tech Wise Family

By Jonathan StormentA year ago, I picked up Andy Crouch, the executive editor of Christianity Today to spend a weekend with the leadership at Highland, unpacking some of the ideas in his recent book Strong and Weak. [His new book, the subject of this post, is called The Tech-Wise Family.]My … [Read More...]

The Christian and Doubt

Those of us who have the privilege of teaching the Bible, and by this I now mean Genesis 1–3 or 1–11, know the implications of the text and the reader. For some people any budging off the historical Adam construct is fudging the truth while for others that very theological construct provokes doubt ab … [Read More...]

New DMin for the New Northern

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling.Think about joining us... we begin July 10-14, 2017.This will be our second iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Northern Seminary. … [Read More...]

Turbulence at Gordon College

Samuel Smith:Every member of Gordon College's faculty senate resigned from their senatorship last week in what is being labeled as a show of solidarity for a professor who claims that she was denied a promotion because of her criticisms about the school's policy on homosexuality.The … [Read More...]