Report about Seminary Education, Affordability and New Models

From Atlantic Post: “There is certainly a growing trend towards bi-vocational ministry in both mainline and evangelical churches,” says Kurt Fredrickson, a professor of pastoral ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.This trend dovetails with other recent developments that are troubling to many religious communities. Not only is church attendance in long-term decline, but financial giving by church members is at Depression-era lows. Meanwhile, seminary students are takin … [Read More...]

The Prayer (New) Heart: Prayer’s Biggest Question

Prayer changes in the new covenant because the Spirit of supplication is granted those in Christ. Once in Christ and in the Spirit, our heart is renewed to prayer. Thus, John Frye, Liberate Your Praying Heart.The Bible's story moves from God forming us into a wedding/marital relationship with God (think Hosea) toward a new covenant in which the will of God is inscribed onto the heart of every child of God. The inner lives of God's people have been altered; divine surgery has been performed; … [Read More...]

A Sign of Love, a Sign of Hope (RJS)

The final chapter of Justo González's short book, [Creation] The Apple of God's Eye, ends on a note of hope. At several places in the book González has described creation using an analogy with human parenthood. There are limitations to the comparison of course, but it also helps direct our understanding. God's act of creation is an act of love comparable to the act of love involved in deciding to bear children.  "When properly made, the decision to have children is both a sign of love and a sign … [Read More...]

Tomorrow Night, Regent College, Adam and the Genome

Since 1982 the Gallup Poll [a repost of RJS's post because tomorrow night Dennis and I will be giving a public lecture at Regent College (Vancouver) on our project] has been asking Americans about their views on evolution and human origins. This week they released the results of their most recent … [Read More...]

Liberate Your Praying Heart

Some preachers and pastors have the knack of making people feel guilty about their prayer life and others have more than a knack. Others, like Eugene Peterson and John Frye, blow fresh breezes of more biblical and sound reasoning. Today I want to begin a set of posts on John Frye's Liberate Your … [Read More...]

Is Belief in Equality Creating Narcissism?

By D.C. McAllister, whose lengthy article makes some good points and some others that are not so good, but at the least he is asking a question worthy of some discussion:Fair question, fair-minded responses. Thanks. Or is the question, Is being a narcissist driving the push for equality? Fair … [Read More...]

Haddon Robinson

From Gordon Conwell's website, author of the most influential book on preaching (for me): Biblical Preaching. Dr. Haddon W. Robinson, longtime faculty member, former President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and one of the world’s foremost experts in Biblical preaching, went to be with the L … [Read More...]

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom…

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom,you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking:Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask;through the worthiness of your … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 22 July 2017

We begin this edition of Meanderings with this good news story from Janie Fulling:MCKINNEY, TX - An 11-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas could potentially put an end to hot car deaths. Bishop Curry is a young inventor who loves gardening and all things technology. When a baby from his … [Read More...]

The Joy of a Cohort

I've been teaching for 35 years and the best experiences I have had teaching have been the cohorts at Northern Seminary. The combination of a week-long intensive with an active Facebook cohort page along with trips abroad for 10plus days ... the classes become a fellowship of friends, of fellow … [Read More...]

Arise, Pastor Poets

By John Frye“Poetry is not the language of objective explanation but the language of imagination. It makes an image of reality in such a way as to invite our participation in it. We do not have more information after we read a poem, we have more experience” (Eugene H. Peterson, Subversive Spi … [Read More...]

Generosity Culture Anyone? … [Read More...]

A Civil Disagreement (RJS)

I recently received a copy of a new book courtesy of the publisher, Old-Earth or Evolutionary Creation edited by Kenneth Keathley (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), J. B. Stump (BioLogos) and Joe Aguirre (Reasons to Believe). This is an unusual book - it isn't a polemical defense of a … [Read More...]

Journalism, Tough Issues, Jonathan Merritt

How to Write About Tough Topics Without Rankling Readers, by Jonathan Merritt“How we talk about God matters because how we talk always matters: language does more to us and for us than we know.”This wise warning from Lauren Winner alerts us to the importance of paying attention to what we say … [Read More...]

When the Preacher Has Doubts

Last week’s blog in this column was by my former preaching intern Mitch East, and Mitch was making the point that sometimes doubt can be seen as “trendy” and something people pursue to be on inside of what C.S. Lewis calls “the inside circle.”And I’ve been in ministry long enough to know that’s s … [Read More...]

Did Luther and Calvin Get Paul Wrong?

The New Perspective on Paul rests on a set of historical and theological conclusions, none more important than arguing that Judaism per se was not "late" Judaism and was not a works-righteousness religion. Many Christian scholars were awakened by the Holocaust and the discovery of the Dead Sea … [Read More...]

What Eugene Peterson Does Not Care About

Source:What Eugene Peterson doesn’t care about Celebrity culture It has been mentioned many times, and it is true, that Peterson really struggled with the celebrity status which the publication of The Message thrust upon him. On one of my visits I witnessed him thinking of creative ways he cou … [Read More...]