Analyzing the Speeches of Trump and Clinton

By Katelyn Guichelaar and Kristin Du Mez:You can read more analysis at the link above, but what do you see in what we have excerpted? To begin with, an initial keyword search turned up a significant list of words that were statistically more likely to appear in one candidate’s corpus over the other.Keywords more likely to appear in Clinton’s corpus include women, families, economy, together, work, American (and America), future, rights, create, men, growth, equal, fair, deserve, global, … [Read More...]

Our Rock (RJS)

There are two common ways of looking for authority and certainty in the Christian faith. We can turn to the church. In this view authority is vested in the institutional church and our faith is founded on the inerrancy of church tradition and church hierarchy. This is the rock upon which we stand. The search for authority drives many converts from evangelicalism to Roman Catholicism (See Scot's book Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy). But when the church fails - … [Read More...]

Inerrancy: Kevin Vanhoozer

In a book where the biggest terms are the last two, Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy, the problem is the word "biblical." If this adjective means "inerrancy of the Bible" we haven't much of a problem. But even this raises a problem I have with the book: a biblical view of inerrancy ought to be about the Bible's view of inerrancy but this book -- all five views -- are much more theological and philosophical and historical studies of inerrancy instead of a serious attempt to show from the Bible … [Read More...]

Inerrancy: Michael Bird

America exports its goods giving it a worldwide influence, including its sports -- basketball and (American) football and baseball. Of course baseball is played elsewhere, and baseball in the Dominican is special, but these are American-shaped sports. But would a Dominican say baseball is an … [Read More...]

Revelation: On Which Pete Enns Nails It

Pete Enns: Every Christian who wants to become a political leader should be forced to study the book of Revelation for a year and then pass a test of one simple question: “True or False: The Christian hope will be realized through political means.” Whoever says “true” should be forced to watch N. T. … [Read More...]

And God Said “Let There Be Light” (RJS)

Genesis 1 is a marvelous passage - highly stylized literature if not technically poetry. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let t … [Read More...]

Inerrancy: Peter Enns

I was at Tyndale House in the early 80s when a well-known evangelical theologian came by to speak about the importance of inerrancy. It was a good and encouraging address, but after the paper a veteran NT scholar leaned over to me and said something like this: "It is easy for systematicians to claim … [Read More...]

Lectures Obsolete?

From Christine Gross-Loh:As a doctoral candidate interviewing at a liberal-arts college some years ago, I rambled, waded through pages of notes, and completely lost my train of thought at one point during my job presentation. Even though I was eventually offered the position, I was keenly aware … [Read More...]

Inerrancy: Albert Mohler, Jr.

The word "inerrancy," like the word evangelical, beggars clear and compelling definitions and articulations. Many of inerrancy's proponents don't believe simpler words -- like truth, truthful, trustworthy -- adequately express what is to be believed about the Bible. So there is an Inerrancy Debate, … [Read More...]

A Prayer for You

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 Christ our … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 23 July 2016

Boom goes Sarah Condon: Several years ago in a galaxy far, far away, in a diocese no one has ever heard of, I attended a conference for parish clergy and the keynote speaker told us we were idiots. Well, he was more subtle than that, but we all felt like idiots when he was done.The speaker was … [Read More...]

Danger of Satire

A steady diet of satire, which seems to have infected Christian social media during this election season, is soul-destroying, especially when one remains anonymous and especially when it goes on indefinitely about the same person.Why do I say this? Satire turns the human gaze against others, … [Read More...]

Tell Her Story

By Mimi Haddad:On Tuesday, July 12, Alvera Mickelsen was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus. Our beloved leader, mentor, mother, and friend died at the age of ninety-seven. A founder of CBE, she was CBE’s first board chair in 1997, worked with grassroots CBE chapters, and served for years as … [Read More...]

What do you believe? Open or Closed?

From Wikipedia's opening paragraph: Open communion is the practice of Christian churches that allow individuals other than members of that church to receive Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper). Many but not all churches that practice open communion require that the … [Read More...]

Books: The Game Changer

By John FryeBook 10 of the ten books that have shaped my life (and ministry) is The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is by Nicholas Thomas Wright. An historian-theologian catapulted me into a dramatically expanded view of Jesus. I concluded after reading this book “Now this is … [Read More...]

Strategies for Churches to Make Women Safe

By Mimi Haddad:Since my first week at Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE), I’ve heard stories from women who have struggled with their faith in God because they were abused by men. These women were emotionally, physically, sexually, and spiritually abused by husbands, fathers, uncles, b … [Read More...]

Barrage of News about Violence on TV

Source:So, what is this [barrage of news about violence] doing to us? It depends on the individual, but living in a digitally linked world where broadcasts of violence are instantaneous and almost commonplace means that many of us are becoming desensitized, Anita Gadhia-Smith, a psychologist in … [Read More...]