Perplexed by Atonement Theories? The Core of it All

Once a young reader informed me with a robust confidence that the heart of the atonement concerned the wrath of God -- and I've had others say it's the love or grace of God while others think it is adjusting the books and getting the ledgers re-assigned. What is it then? Is it propitiation and penal substitution, the exemplary love of God, or justification? From another angle: How does the atonement fit into the Bible's central narrative?And, why is atonement -- no one doubts its importance - … [Read More...]

Cam Newton’s Press Conference we give this young man a break?SANTA CLARA, Calif. — “I know you’re disappointed, not just for yourself but for your teammates. Because you guys talked about how you’re a band of brothers coming in, and this has to be really tough for everyone involved.” Cam Newton, sporting a hoodie tight as seeming insulation from prying eyes, and slouching dismissively, opened his Super Bowl 50 postgame press conference with a pouting silence in in response to questions about Denver’s de … [Read More...]

Your Opinion?

What do you think? Do you think women should be eligible completely for the military draft?Among the big stories that emerged at the tail end of 2015 but got limited-to-very-limited attention was the Pentagon’s decision to clear women to serve in all combat roles. The Fix put the decision on our list of big stories in gender news for 2015. We even advised readers to stay tuned for the debate that was likely to follow about whether this change also required Selective Service reforms. If w … [Read More...]

Valentines Day, the Church and Single Awareness Day?

Valentines Day And Church: Single Awareness Sunday? By Jonathan StormentSo unfortunately this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday.I say unfortunately because in most of the churches I’ve seen in life make a really big deal about marriage and families and romance and kids and happily ever a … [Read More...]

Social Justice: According to whom? Which kind?

One of the most notable features of American evangelicalism in the last generation has been a powerful surge toward "social justice." At times it is no different than the old-fashioned social gospel, at times it simply catches up to mainline Protestantism -- and most of the time evangelicals have … [Read More...]

Super Bowl Buds If you're one of the lucky individuals who will be in the stands at Super Bowl 50, be prepared shell out more than a few bucks to get your drank on. If beer is your drink of choice, get ready to pay $13 for a Coors Light. And if you're looking for something a little fancier, a glass of wine … [Read More...]

Beware the SuperBowl Flu

Matt Bonesteel:The study found three possible reasons for the increase in flu deaths because of the Super Bowl: 1. “An increase in large gatherings increases the frequency of human contact and probability of transmission.” 2. “Postseason play alters travel patterns and increases the contact or … [Read More...]

Last Sunday of Epiphany Prayer

O God,who before the passion of your only ­begotten Sonrevealed his glory upon the holy mountain:Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance,may be strengthened to bear our cross,and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory;through Jesus … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 6 February 2016

Grandma and grandpa, mom and dad -- read to 'em:(CNN)When parents read to their children the difference shows in children's behavior and academic performance. And according to a new study, the difference also shows in their brain activity.Researchers looked at children ages 3 to 5 who … [Read More...]

Power Posing

Amy Cuddy, by Elsa Vulliamy:People who struggle with a lack of confidence or are naturally shy are often the same people who sit bunched up, make themselves small and occupy as little space as possible. The Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy has a simple piece of advice to make such people feel m … [Read More...]

The Bread Winner

The Bread Winner, by John Frye“He has done everything well” (Mark 7:37).We are currently following Jesus into “unclean” territories. Jesus had radically redefined “unclean” and his definition is so big, it was hard for the church to wrap it arms around (see, for example, Acts 10 with Peter th … [Read More...]

A Grace called Mess

Perhaps the most interesting book I've read in a long time about the LGBTQ community is Caleb Kaltenbach's Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others without Sacrificing Conviction. He opens -- and then suspends the conclusion -- with a sermon he was about to preach on … [Read More...]

Baptism in the Jordan to the Tune of Amazing Grace

By David Roseberry:A surprise baptism at the original site of the Lord’s baptism  (Mark 1) created an international incident yesterday…and a glimpse of the age to come.  Here is what happened. I am leading a tour of 30 adults through the Holy Land. Our bus pulled up to the newly renovated site c … [Read More...]

All Authority in Heaven and on Earth (RJS)

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am w … [Read More...]

Politics on the Ivy League Mind

Image creditAnd what does this tell us about our reading, our philosophy, our nation? … [Read More...]

Bill Hull: Conversion and Discipleship

Buzz words abound in the church today. Sometimes they are little more than a publicity stunt, sometimes they are just below shallow, and other times they are genuine attempts to get to the heart of God’s mission in this world. Single terms will only take us so far so terms like “missional” or “form … [Read More...]

Why Should the Church Now Weep?

By Joe James, who is the associate minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas. Part 1: Lamenting Our Violence Some of you avid Jesus Creed readers may remember my story I shared here a few months back about my almost killing my neighbor. You can read that story here.  I do not b … [Read More...]