Do We Need Libraries?

My answer is that we need librarians today more than any time in history. Librarians are the priests and priestesses of knowledge and they can mediate the resources of this world to us. But some today don't think we need libraries.Carlos Lozada:Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters unconditionally. John Palfrey shares these memories, but … [Read More...]


The Significance of the End: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell (RJS)

The last couple of chapters in John Polkinghorne's book The God of Hope and the End of the World deal with the four last things (death, judgment, heaven, and hell) and with their significance.  There is something of a divide within the church ... between those who preach hell, fire, and brimstone and those who find such ideas part of a barbaric past we've out grown. Now this is a caricature of course, but there is a tendency to either overemphasize coming judgment or to dismiss it altogether.  J … [Read More...]

Males and Their Friends (Alastair Roberts)

Saturday I posted a link to an article that compared male friendships (more group-ish) vs. female friendships (more intimate, and more connected one best friend), and Alastair Roberts made a comment that is worthy of a conversation itself. So, with his permission, here is his comment: The first article is an interesting one, bears out a claim that I have made in the past, and identifies, I believe, an incredibly powerful factor in creating much larger social and personal differences between the … [Read More...]

Barbers Doing Double-Duty

Perry Stein:There are  26 barbers and stylists at The Shop in Hyattsville, Md. Between them, they cut the hair of more than 100 people each day. That’s around 600 people each week, 31,000 heads each year. Over the last two years, 29 of  those customers received a colonoscopy as a direct result o … [Read More...]

Repainting Hell: C.S. Lewis and N.T. Wright (by Jeff Cook)

One of the features of this blog I like is the inclusion of disparate voices. I, Scot McKnight, am not the only voice; RJS is another voice; John Frye, Jonathan Storment, and Jeff Cook are other voices. And others send me posts and we post them to give yet more voices a platform to create a … [Read More...]

Is Heaven Vital for Morality or Not?

You may well recall the famous scene in Les Miserables in which Jean Valjean comes clean in public to take the place of another who was in fact on trial instead of himself (Valjean). The scene poses the moral theory called altruism, that is, that one does what is good for others in a disinterested m … [Read More...]

Church of the Redeemer: Thanks

As some of you know, my new book A Fellowship of Differents is dedicated to our local fellowship, the Church of the Redeemer, and our two leaders and their spouses (Jay and Susan Greener, Amanda Holm and Erik Rosengren),Today, after our worship time, Church of the Redeemer very generously … [Read More...]

Secularization Theory Debunked

Sarah Pulliam Bailey:By 2050, the number of Muslims around the world will nearly equal the number of Christians. Pew projections suggest that Muslims will make up nearly one-third of the world’s population of about 9 billion people. “The culture of the West is going to become increasingly nonr … [Read More...]

A Prayer for Nepal

Our merciful and listening Father,In whose Son's cries in Gethsemane our intercessions come before you in full love,We join our concerns and compassions in your Son's for those who have died, who are suffering, and who are tending those who suffer,And we pray for mercy and speedy … [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week:

O God,Whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people:Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name,and follow where he leads;Who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns,One God, for ever and ever.Amen. … [Read More...]

Revival Sermon Lines: Discuss

From Billy Sunday, who in a revival sermon used a long-listed set of terms for communism and its communist leaders they were seeing in proponents for labor unions: Billy Sunday claimed that "weasel-eyed, hog-jowled, good-for-nothing, God-forsaken, iniquitous, rapacious buffoons and charlatans, and … [Read More...]

Praying for Nepal

CNN:Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN)A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, toppling homes, temples and historic buildings and leaving at least 1,457 people dead, authorities said.Afterward, whole streets and squares in … [Read More...]

The Kingdom and Lipscomb

April 22 and 23 I was down at Lipscomb University at the sponsorship of Missio Alliance and Lipscomb's fine Bible and theology department in the Hazelip School of Theology for an evening discussion of A Fellowship of Differents, and then a double morning session on Kingdom Conspiracy. The two se … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 25 April 2015

Men vs. women on friends or one friend, by A. Pawlowski:When things get tough, do you turn to your BFF or a coalition of buddies for emotional support? Making friends is a crucial part of the human experience, but just like many aspects of life, it turns out men and women have distinct … [Read More...]

What are “Vain Repetitions”? (John Frye)

Vain Repetition? Really? (by John Frye)When I was a new Christian I was immersed in a very conservative Bible-oriented church. Unfettered legalism was peddled as godliness. For example, we, as teens, weren’t allowed to drink soda from cans (bottles were being phased out for soda) because others m … [Read More...]

Grace: Two Misunderstandings Reframed

Grace can be a word that tells the whole story of the gospel and the Christian faith; it can also be used to distort the whole story. Some people use the term "grace" to put the hammer down on people -- something I call "grace grinding" -- while others turn most everything into grace. [This post … [Read More...]

One.Life in Korean

One of the red calendar days around here is when one of the books appears in a translation. Here is One.Life in Korean. … [Read More...]