Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Kris and I say to one and all, Happy Thanksgiving! Almighty and gracious Father,We give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them.Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name;Through Jesus Christ our Lord,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.Amen.† BCP … [Read More...]

(G)O Canada!

AP: By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press Nov. 24, 2015 12:02 AM ETTORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will announce Tuesday his plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees and he says all 10 of Canada's provincial premiers support bringing that many in. Trudeau hasn't backed down from a pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Dec. 31 despite pushback by some following the deadly attacks in Paris. Details of how the refugees will be brought over and where they will be housed a … [Read More...]

Greed, by Jonathan Storment

It doesn’t feel like Christmas until someone gets pepper sprayed at Target. -Jon StewartI am tired of the War on Christmas.  It is my least favorite holiday tradition.  I think it has become one of the more polarizing parts of our culture and, frankly, not that helpful for anyone.  So I have a modest proposal - instead of fighting to keep Christ in Christmas what if we fought to keep the Friday in Black Friday?I remember when the day before Black Friday was the only day that our culture h … [Read More...]

Where is Northern Theologically?

Occasionally I am asked -- and others at Northern Seminary are asked -- where we stand theologically? Where are we, the questions, when it comes to theology?If you want to know where we are, we recommend you take a good hard look at the Cape Town Commitment. David Fitch and I had a good … [Read More...]

Questions for Chicago’s Police

I have these questions for the Chicago Police after seeing the shooting (and now charged) murder of Laquan Mcdonald:1. Why shoot a man walking perpendicular to the police cars?2. Why shoot him after Laquan was on the ground and no longer remotely a threat?3. Why was he shot sixteen … [Read More...]

God Redeems His People … Then and Now (RJS)

One of the overarching themes of the Old Testament is God's redemption of his people (and boy, do they (we) need it).   Chapter six four of Richard Middleton's book A New Heaven and a New Earth sketches this Old Testament view of salvation. But, and this is an important but, salvation in the Old T … [Read More...]

Paul in His Real World

The apostle Paul has been mined mostly for his theology -- from Augustine to Luther and Calvin to Bultmann and Barth on into the modern works of folks like Jimmy Dunn and NT Wright. Mostly it is his theology they are after. Others have turned it more neutrally toward religion -- and here we think of … [Read More...]

Pastor-Theologian: A Different Angle (by David Fitch)

A few weeks back my colleague David Fitch had an important post on the pastor-theologian that caught fire. It has been a hot topic in the blogosphere alot lately. Here it is again. Give him your response and he'll be sure to pipe in.  (@fitchest Reclaiming the Mission)The Pastor-Theologian in a … [Read More...]

Women at Evangelical Theological Society

Emily Louise Zimbrick-Rogers was the 2014-15 research intern for Christians for Biblical Equality. In addition to conducting a case study of women in evangelicalism at the Evangelical Theological Society, Emily wrote a high school curriculum entitled God, Sex, and You: Who You Are and Why it … [Read More...]

The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

The Speechwriter Many will remember the name of Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina.  Sanford’s adulterous relationship overseas was big news a few years back.  Sanford currently serves as US Congressmen for the first district of South Carolina. What is it like to be a political spe … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 November 2015

I'm at AAR-SBL this weekend, and will be giving a presentation on Bonhoeffer's kind of pacifism.ImageAndover Newton seeking a new location to offer at least some of it's offerings.Wesley Hill's ETS paper summary, called "Washed and Still Waiting":A few years after the book came out, … [Read More...]

Why Northern?

Any kind of Christian ministry in North America requires both preparation and experience, so an increasing number of ministers are deeply involved in the experience dimension and finding it nearly impossible to attend seminary full-time. A seminary curriculum focuses on the scope of the minister’s c … [Read More...]

Hometown Sermons

Painful Homecoming (by John Frye)My first sermon in my hometown church in Zion, IL was graciously received. The people of Zion Bible Church were pleased that one of their own was studying at Moody Bible Institute. The theme of my rookie message was “labels.” The first label assigned to disciples … [Read More...]

Don’t Call it War (by Tim Suttle)

This post is by Tim Suttle, author of Shrink, a book I highly recommend. For more about Tim, scroll to the bottom of this post. In this post Tim proposes that what we call these murders in France reveals both what we see and what we will do. This is a thoughtful piece about how Christians can … [Read More...]

Bankrolled by Students

Jeffrey J. Selingo:What happens when this becomes a choice for student contribution?Yet other universities continue to follow in their footsteps. They all have child-like dreams that they’ll be the one to break through the mediocrity of mid-tier Division I. And their false ambitions are l … [Read More...]

Nothing More to be Prized (RJS)

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. Sometime c. 1267 Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) wrote a short piece De regno ad regem Cypri or On Kingship To … [Read More...]

NT Wright, History, and the Historical Jesus

What does it mean to do history when it comes to Jesus? What is the historian doing? We might say there is a spectrum with at one end a radical reconstruction of what Jesus was really like and at the other end a kind of history that amounts to showing that the Gospels and the church after all got … [Read More...]