Your Choice Is?

Source: In a speech last year in Kansas City, President Barack Obama said he received a letter from a nine-year-old girl that included a list of possible women to put on America's paper bills and coins, "which I thought was a pretty good idea." This March, Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone started a campaign called Women on 20s to demand that the government replace former President Andrew Jackson's image on the $20 bill with a woman from history.Now, the Obama administration is f … [Read More...]

Standing in the Rain (by Kelly Edmiston)

I sit on a bench this warm summer day, watching as the sun glistens on the lake making crystals dance in a glorious ballet. The sparkle is so bright that I have to shield my eyes from its splendor. I hear the wind whistle through the trees, rustling the branches just enough to spill leaves onto the lake below. The leaves disrupt the calm of the water and cause small waves to cascade back and forth from bank to bank. The birds begin to chirp as I sway to nature’s rhythmic song.Suddenly, I am i … [Read More...]

Paul Subverts Male Authoritarianism

Notice this reading of 1 Corinthians 11 by Lucy Peppiatt in her book Women and Worship at Corinth:The italics are words from those Corinthians with whom Paul is disagreeing, and what you will see here is a proposal that releases the tension that so many of us find in the Pauline teachings about women as one in Christ, about women teaching and preaching and prophesying and praying in public, and about women leaders in the church -- and the seeming if not shocking alternative to such themes in … [Read More...]

Evolutionary Inborn Evil? (RJS)

Does the absence of a Fall make God responsible for human and natural evil? Does the presence of a Fall remove the criticism that God is the author of evil? Mark Harris's book The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science explores these questions in a chapter entitled "Suffering and … [Read More...]

Women in Luke’s Gospel and Acts

The order of "doing theology" seems to move like this: first we are systematic theologians trying to make sense of the Christian view of things; then we learn to do "biblical" theology in the mode of learning to think the way "Moses" or "Isaiah" or Mark or John or Paul and Peter think; then we … [Read More...]

Race, Guns and the Church (by Jeff Cook)

Race, Guns and the ChurchI’m not interested in sliding back into a comfortable silence after a funeral.Reflecting on the events 2 weeks ago in Charleston, I have become convinced that both the systemic oppression of people of color and the increasingly common mass-shootings in the US are p … [Read More...]

Male Leadership and Intentional Female Leadership

In the Spring edition of Mutuality, Charles M. Metcalf, a pastor in LaGrange GA and a PhD student at Eastern University, outlines what males in leadership can do to transform a church culture so that females share leadership. His article is called "Learning from My Mistakes: Being Intentional about … [Read More...]

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: A Prayer

Almighty God,You have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone:Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching,that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you;through Jesus … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 27 June 2015

A morning coffee to you.The bee highway:The city of Oslo now has what it's calling a bee highway — a path of flowering plants designed to keep bees well-fed as they pass through the urban area. Supporters hope that initiatives like this one can help protect bees — one third of Norway's native … [Read More...]

Yes, Mark Woods in the UK Understands the USA’s Marriage Challenge

Mark Woods:The immediate consequence of this ruling, then, is an invitation to do some theology. One of the painful things for observers of the evangelical scene on both sides of the Atlantic has been the reluctance of 'pro-marriage' (= anti-gay marriage) campaigners to distinguish their idea of … [Read More...]

The Glittering Vice of Lust (by John Frye)

I remember years ago seeing a cartoon in a magazine. A preschool boy and girl are walking home  from school and the little boy is asking the girl, “Are you the opposite sex or am I?”To suggest that our culture is obsessed with sex to an even a greater extent that it is confused about it is a classic … [Read More...]

Mimi on the Road

From Arise, the official newsletter for Christians for Biblical Equality, and I express my gratitude again for the work of Mimi Haddad in her tireless and sensitive efforts to restore the Bible vision of equality: In April, Mimi Haddad, president of CBE traveled to Alexandria, Egypt to participate … [Read More...]

Paul’s Adam (RJS)

The next chapter of John Walton's recent book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate digs into the question of Paul's use of Adam, particularly in Romans, but also in 1 Corinthians. Because he is an Old Testament scholar he brought in a New Testament scholar (and … [Read More...]

The Head of the Woman is Man

Notice these two verses in 1 Corinthians 11:2-3:I praise you  for remembering me in everything  and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.  3 But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ,  and the head of the woman is man,  and the head of Christ is God.  … [Read More...]

Kingdom, Church, Love, by Greg Boyd

This is the concluding post in Greg Boyd's series on the kingdom of God, and the link takes you to his site where you can read the whole series, which I recommend:God has leveraged everything on the Church loving like Jesus loved, as outlined in our previous posts in this series. “By this the w … [Read More...]

A Confessing Church (by Jonathan Storment)

As readers of this blog know, Jonathan Storment and his buddies have a slot on Wednesdays. This week I'm honored that Jonathan has chosen to do some reflections on A Fellowship of Differents.One of the top five books over the past few years is, hands down, Scot McKnight’s A Fellowship of D … [Read More...]

The Way of Jesus vs. The Way of the Zealot (Allan Bevere)

Last Friday, the world witnessed the way of Jesus Christ in Charleston, South Carolina. The family members of the victims in the horrific shooting at an historic AME Church in Charleston, SC spoke to the racist young man that perpetrated the crime of killing nine people during a Bible study. Their … [Read More...]