The questions surrounding Adam and Eve and the Fall in Genesis 2-3 and concerning the role of inspiration in the formation of the Bible are issues that won’t go away any time soon. They are not the only issues at play in discussions of science, Christian faith, and the intellectual coherence, but they are major ones. The post today is a slightly revised version of one of my older posts, but it brings up issues that remain and will remain… Read more

How did we shift from the age of duty, obligation, and conformity to the age of authenticity? I remember once reading two books — one by David Wells and one by Brian McLaren — about the same time with the same fundamental conclusion: we need to be authentic. What, however, did authentic mean? When Charles Taylor speaks of the age of authenticity he speaks of the 60s generation understanding authenticity as being true to oneself. But that move from obligation to authenticity… Read more

At dinner the other night a friend of mine, Graham Cole, reminded us that in the Anglican tradition we emphasize a learned ministry. That is, theological informed and biblically educated in order to teach and guide according to the gospel. In fact, in the ordination service in the Anglican tradition (BCP) these words are uttered by the ordaining bishop: My brother [or sister], the Church is the family of God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit…. Read more

One of the most important, if not cutting edge, elements of D. Bruce Hindmarsh’s excellent new book, (The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism), is that evangelicalism arose alongside and integrated with modernity. It became a movement, as we sketched in our previous post, because of modernity’s mobility.  Mobility made it a movement. Three marks of a (sociological) movement: (1) a concerted campaign to spread the movement, (2) a repertoire of actions, including associations and coalitions and public meetings and rallies and… Read more

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. BCP Read more

Tammie Joe Shults: The pilot’s voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended with 149 people on board. “Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,” said Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy. “We have part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit.” She asked for medical personnel to meet her aircraft on the runway. “We’ve got injured passengers.” “Injured passengers, okay, and is your airplane physically on fire?” asked a… Read more

BioLogos: In late 2017, Crossway publishers released Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique, edited by J. P. Moreland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger, and Wayne Grudem. This is a massive work, with 1008 pages and over two dozen authors from multiple disciplines, including leaders from the Discovery Institute and other Intelligent Design (ID) advocates. What is new in this book This volume is notable in engaging some prominent evangelical voices in the conversation, such as biblical scholar Wayne… Read more

Come Join us at the Taste of Northern – When an expert in the law asked Jesus for the greatest commandment, Jesus responded with the Shema, the ancient Jewish creed that commands Israel to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength. But the next part of Jesus’ answer would change the course of history. Jesus amended the Shema, giving his followers a new creed for life: to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, but also to love… Read more

The Old Testament is a collection of ancient texts written in contexts that were quite different from ours.  Genesis is an ancient document. As Christians we believe that it was inspired to tell God’s story and to reveal his work in his creation. But even when read in a good translation and through eyes of faith, there are cases where we should step back and consider the ancient context. This is especially true of the primeval history in Genesis 1-11…. Read more

The age of authenticity (yesterday’s post) is the age of youthfulness. So Andrew Root, in his new splendid book Faith Formation in a Secular Age. How so? To tell the story of the dawn of the age of authenticity is to show how the flows of our cultural history have moved the majority of us to see the point of life as following not an external authority but the inner search for our own individual meaning and purpose. The age… Read more

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