Bee-apocalypse or No?

Christopher Ingraham:You've heard the news about honeybees. "Beepocalypse," they've called it.Beemageddon. America's honeybees are dying, putting honey production and$15 billion worth of pollinated food crops in jeopardy. The situation has become so dire that earlier this year the White House put forth the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, a 64-page policy framework for saving the nation's bees, butterflies and other pollinating animals. The … [Read More...]

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Does God Change? (RJS)

Chapter 4 of Walter Moberly's book Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture is, for many of us, a challenging read. This chapter addresses the title question of this post - does God change?  More specifically, does God change his mind? God doesn't change in the essence of his being, he doesn't grow and mature like humans. But does he even react to human actions? This question, and Moberly's wrestling with it, is worth a short series of posts - I anticipate about … [Read More...]

Dropping a Zero or Two or Three

From Steve Cuss, a well-timed word, and my questions:What has your church done to examine it's expenditures or what has it done to increase giving at the expense of local expenditures?I think our marketing budgets and production budgets have too many zeros on the end of them.  Here is what I mean:A couple of times per year I receive a large box in the mail from a national church leader conference. The box contains several posters to hang in the church, some personal invitation cards … [Read More...]

Pocket-dialing and the Law: It’s Public

Lindsey Bever:It’s the primal fear of the cellphone age. You’re having what you believe is a private conversation at a restaurant or perhaps a hotel suite. Maybe you’re talking about someone back at the office you’d like to get rid of. You go on for hours, maybe longer, confident that since you’ … [Read More...]

The NIV and Me (by Mark Stevens)

Used by permission: By Mark Stevens, a pastor friend in AustraliaThe NIV and Me2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the New International Translation of the Bible. Below are my own thoughts and reflections on this translation that has changed the way many Christians read the Bible.60 years … [Read More...]

Is the Sermon Toxic? (by Jeff Cook)

This post, by Jeff Cook, comes to me the day after preaching a sermon at Church of the Redeemer! I believe in sermons, but I do know that some churches create a Sunday service that functions as "Come hear me preach" event. When the whole of the Sunday "event" is wrapped up in that sermon then church … [Read More...]

Kingdom at the Table

At the table so much happens in the Bible, especially with Jesus and his fellow Galileans. We ignore perhaps the significance of meals and food in our world and this leads us not to notice the importance of meals and food in the world of Jesus. If we have eyes, however, we will see how central meal … [Read More...]

In a Year … Join Us for this Tour

I cannot imagine anything more rewarding for understanding the first three decades of the church than taking a tour of places where Paul and John established and wrote to churches. So I'm hoping you will consider joining us ... I am preparing special talks (not long lectures) on each of Paul's … [Read More...]

Good Deed of the Week

Mary Bowerman: When Kaylee Goemans took her newborn son to the emergency room, the last thing she needed was to add a towed car to her list of worries.The Ontario, Canada, mom paid for four hours of metered parking at the hospital July 13 but quickly realized she would need to add more t … [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

O God,the protector of all who trust in you,without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:Increase and multiply upon us your mercy;that, with you as our ruler and guide,we may so pass through things temporal,that we lose not the things eternal;through Jesus … [Read More...]

Body by God

It is undeniable that God has housed us in bodies.  It is also undeniable that these bodies affect what we typically label our “souls” or “spirits.”  Many times during the course of the day we are reminded of this fact.  Migraines make it more challenging to pray.  Pushing ourselves during a workout … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 25 July 2015

Not only has Harper Lee been published many years since her last book, but so too Dr. Seuss. Image from the page at WaPo and at Amazon.A newly discovered Dr. Seuss book goes on sale this week, 25 years after the beloved author’s last work, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” “What Pet Should I Get?” tel … [Read More...]

Aging and Time

Ana Swanson:Have you ever observed that time seems to be going by faster as you get older? There's a reason that one summer seems to stretch out forever when you're a kid, but zips by before you know it when you're 30. That reason is perspective, as a gorgeous interactive visualization, by A … [Read More...]

Patheos and the Future of Evangelicalism

If you haven't seen the series, Patheos has asked a horde of bloggers to prognosticate on the future of evangelicalism -- and it's an admirable set of sketches from a variety of angles.I didn't have time to read them all, nor do I pretend to know each author, but there's a problem when it comes … [Read More...]

Death Hits Home (by John Frye)

My mother died last Wednesday. I am thankful that Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life, gets to have the final word: glory. What feels like ‘the sting of death’is only the expected and natural process of grieving. My mother was a life-long devoted follower of Jesus with a minor detour into a f … [Read More...]

Moving to Opportunity Programs

Liana Heitin:The younger children are when they move out of impoverished neighborhoods, the better their long-term outcomes are, including college-attendance rates and later salary levels, according to two studies released this month. Those results may derive in part from the likelihood that … [Read More...]

The Fabric of Eternity (RJS)

My husband and I had the privilege of visiting Budapest last weekend, where our daughter is spending a year. We attended an active church meeting in an old movie theater in the city and thoroughly enjoyed the sights, sounds, and company. The picture to the right is taken from Gellért Hill looking a … [Read More...]