FromShepherd'sNook

Jesus, the Radical Reader

From John Frye, Jesus the Radical Exegete Good, proper biblical exegesis is a key task to be learned in seminary. With the caveat that exegesis is both a skill and an art, most schools want to train students to rightly divide the Word of truth. My seminary years are far behind me and Jesus is teaching me another type of art: to exegete lives. Exegesis comes from a Greek word that means “to lead out.” It is the discipline of studying a text and “leading out” the proper meaning. … [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his … [Read More...]

Alarming

CNN: (CNN) -- "Chilling" leaflets warning Jews to register and document their property with the pro-Russian government that has claimed power in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are "the real deal," the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said Thursday. Geoffrey Pyatt told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that a respected Jewish leader in Ukraine showed him a photograph of one of the leaflets. It was not clear who was behind the flier, which warned Jews that they face deportation or loss of … [Read More...]

Powerful Leaders and their Enablers

Alan Molineaux: The recent Mark Driscoll episode in which he has been accused of pastoral bullying by former members and leaders at Mars Hill reminded me somewhat of the storyline of the film. In essence the key leader is the culture maker and often rightly seen as the main protagonist but is … [Read More...]

Does Science Disprove God? (RJS)

Amir D. Aczel argues that the answer is no. Science does not disprove God. A number of years ago I was browsing at a Barnes and Noble while my brother-in-law was off looking for something or other in particular. On one of the tables near the front of the store there was a book, God's Equation: … [Read More...]

Love-ology

We need books on love, and we need books on marriage, and what we most need is both to soaked with how the Bible and Christian faith teach both -- because we inhale and exhale modernity's and postmodernity's perceptions of both, and the former is connected to radiating emotions and the second to … [Read More...]

Body Language: An Amazing Infographic

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Sabbath and Wendell Berry (by Sara Barton)

By Sara Barton, chaplain at Pepperdine University and author A Woman Called. For several years, I’ve been convicted that Christians should take sabbath practice seriously. This is no clear-cut transferal of the Old Testament commands about sabbath to Christian practice today.  Sabbath is … [Read More...]

Heart in Heaven, Hand in Harvest

Jesus told the man next to him on a cross that he would be with him in Paradise that day (Luke 23:43) and one of the more revealing statements from the apostle Paul is this one: "Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord" (2 Cor … [Read More...]

USA Tax Dollar Distribution (Revised)

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Jesus Ate Fish and Other Thoughts on Death (RJS)

To dig a little deeper into the problem of animal suffering Ronald Osborn (Death Before the Fall) turns to C. S. Lewis and The Problem of Pain. There are two ideas that are offered up for consideration. All Death is not Evil. According to Osborn, Lewis makes a distinction between sentience and … [Read More...]

Confessions of an Unrepentant JBC (by Michael Pahl)

A guest post by Michael W. Pahl Last week Scot McKnight graciously agreed to host an article I wrote on his blog, “The Polarization of ‘Biblical Christianity.’” I’m grateful to Scot again for hosting this follow-up post. The gist of my previous article is this: along the wide … [Read More...]

Why Males Struggle with Friendships

Source: Mark Greene, The Good Men Project Who can describe the kinds of friends males have? Do you see this in high school, college ... where do you see the patterns begin? In the absence of emotional authenticity, American men become homogeneous in their expression of self. This encourages … [Read More...]

Noah, Christians and Hollywood Movies (Allan Bevere)

Post by Allan Bevere: I have not seen the new movie, "Noah," and I probably won't, for no other reason than it just doesn't look interesting to me. But many have and commented on whether or not it's a good movie to see. One of the concerns for many Christians is how true it is or is not to the … [Read More...]

Healy’s Empirical Criticism of Hauerwas

Stanley Hauerwas, one of the most influential Christian intellectuals in the world and a powerful advocate of the pacifist element in Anabaptism, has an ecclesio-centric approach to theology and apologetics. In Nicholas Healy's book, Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction, a significant claim is … [Read More...]

Colbert the Catholic

Source: Stephen Colbert is known for his over-the-top conservative pundit persona on his Comedy Central show, but he’s also a devout Catholic who regularly speaks about his faith. And considering that “The Colbert Report” host will soon be stepping into an entirely new role when he … [Read More...]

The Last Supper: A Seder?

Jon Klawans contends (as do I in Jesus and His Death) that the last supper was a meal during Passover week but not the Passover meal itself, and for me the decisive element is the absence of lamb. What then of Jeremias’s long list of parallels? It turns out that under greater scrutiny the … [Read More...]