Regent Redux: Making Peace with Church

Many Christians constantly wrestle with questions around church: why to go, how to choose one, how to deal with the imperfections and brokenness we see, and whether or not to abandon the whole thing together.I'll be a panelist next week during a live discussion delving into these topics along with Hans Boersma, Darrell Johnson, and Erin Lane. We're hoping it will be an important discussion for our current cultural moment and will provide a helpful framework to think through questions aroun … [Read More...]

Addictions and Augustine, Bunyan and Edwards

Augustine, Bunyan, and Edwards on AddictionBy David George Moore.  Dave blogs at www.twocities.org.Fascinating new research http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html underscores what most of us already believed intuitively.  Deep and long-lasting healing comes from being known and loved by others.  There is no good substitute for this as we are undeniably social creatures who thrive in community and languish when alone.This got me thinking ab … [Read More...]

Bible

Read the Whole Bible? (RJS)

I had the opportunity last fall to meet Amy Julia Becker at a BioLogos gathering. Amy Julia is author of a number of books, most recently Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most. She has a blog Thin Places that touches on a number of different issues. She commented on her experience at the BioLogos meeting in a post last October, Are Faith and Science Compatible? Hanging out with Christian scientists taught me even more about the nature of God. I've continued to read her … [Read More...]

Scripture, Church, Tradition

At its simplest, Protestants believe in Scripture alone and Roman Catholics believe in Scripture and Tradition. Postmodernity raised its hand in this discussion to remind Protestants that there is no pure "alone" and that all interpretations are mediated by both the individual interpreter and the … [Read More...]

To My Preacher’s Kid, about Becoming a Man (Jason Micheli)

By Jason MicheliTo My Preacher’s Kid (about) Becoming a ManDear Son,It occurred to me recently that, as a preacher’s kid (PK), you hear me give guidance to others more often than I do for you.As a result, I thought I’d write you this ‘FYI’ even though it may be a bit premature. In the … [Read More...]

How Science Works — Objecting to Evolution

How does science really work? Is it a game played behind closed doors by a special clan of credentialed folks who have created a society in which no one can criticize their central ideas? Or is it a game played on the open market for all to see? That is the question Denis Alexander is posing in his … [Read More...]

Give us grace, O Lord

Give us grace, O Lord,To answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation,That we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works;Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. … [Read More...]

Free Range Parents

From CNN:(CNN)It's starting to feel a little bit like Groundhog Day when it comes to parents under attack for letting their children do things on their own.The latest case? A Silver Spring, Maryland, couple is facing a neglect investigation for letting their 10-year-old son and … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 24 January 2015

Fun news story by Rachel Feltman: When temperatures drop and frost hits, only the heartiest of veggies are equipped to survive. And for many of them, the adaptation that keeps them from dying in the cold also makes them sweet and delicious.In the above video, UCLA biochemist Liz Roth-Johnson … [Read More...]

Succession’s Special Problem (for some)

Ruth Gledhill:As the consecration of the first female bishop approaches, Christian Today has learned that at the consecration a few days later of traditionalist priest Father Philip North as Bishop of Burnley no bishop will lay hands on him who has previously laid hands on a woman bishop or … [Read More...]

Calico Joe

Calico Joe: A Story of Reconciliation, by John FryeMy wife, Julie, and I are John Grisham fans. We’ve read and are collectors of all his novels (except for the youth-oriented ones). Known mostly for his legal thrillers, Grisham does a change up once in a while and writes about sports. Playing f … [Read More...]

Long Days, Tired Churchfolk (Donald Nwankwo)

Long Days and Tired Churchfolk: thoughts on dealing with spiritual wearinessYou could see Amber fighting back tears as she admitted, following some updates on her life in the past year: “I just feel caught between too many things. Life has been frantically intense, busy and just so crazy. And I h … [Read More...]

Snipers and War

Karen Spears Zacharias, our friend:(CNN)"American Sniper" stormed the box office this past weekend with $105 million in ticket sales. Not since the Rambo movies have so many farmers and ranch hands buddy-upped to the popcorn counter. As much as I adore Bradley Cooper, I won't be seeing the … [Read More...]

Scientists, Celebrities, and Yahoos … Why Are We Here? (RJS)

The next chapter of Philip Yancey's new book Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? makes a great followup to Tuesday's post the "scientific" answer to the question "why are we here?". Yancey addresses this question by illustrating several of the views running around in our society … [Read More...]

NT Wright’s Holy Impatience

When it comes to the meaning of biblical terms -- like gospel, kingdom, heaven -- not a few of us can get irritated and clearly a recent example of yet one more attempt to correct the church and to get the church back on track is N.T. Wright's chapter "Distorted and Competing Gospels" in his new … [Read More...]

Good News: The Middle East

Richard Stearns: If  your impression of the Middle East comes only from the headlines, it might be easy to think it’s a place of social chaos. Uprisings here, violence there, civil strife everywhere.In just a few weeks, I’ll be going to Lebanon, a country of four million people and one million r … [Read More...]

Interview with N.T. Wright (by Jonathan Storment)

This past week I went with my friend Luke Norsworthy to interview N.T. Wright. Luke has a great podcast and two weeks ago he invited me to come along with him as he interviewed Dr. Wright about his new book “Simply Good News” and Luke gave me the opportunity to ask him some questions for pastors spe … [Read More...]


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