RIP Pat Summitt

From The Tennessean: When Pat Summitt announced in August of 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, the Tennessee women's basketball coaching legend pointedly said, "It's not going to keep me from living my life."Her public battle with the brain disease ended Tuesday when Summitt died at age 64. She is survived by her son, Tyler.Tyler Summitt released the following statement Tuesday morning:“It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of … [Read More...]

A Day in the Life of Adam and Eve (RJS)

Mark Whorton in Peril in Paradise accepts Adam and Eve as real people, the progenitors of the human race, but this still doesn't lead to a young earth or a perfect paradise in the garden of Eden. Nor does it mean that death entered creation with the sin of the pair. Whorton makes a number of the same points we've seen in the past and adds some new insights as well. First, God plants the garden. Whorton notes that in Genesis 2 God does not create the garden, rather he plants the garden. "And the … [Read More...]

When Fading Away Becomes “Done” (Michelle Van Loon)

When Fading Away Becomes “Done” By Michelle Van Loon,,“Who will officiate at my funeral?” My friend Liz asked this question during a pause in our conversation earlier this week. “I don’t have a church these days.”Other important questions were bundled within her question: What have I gained by pouring myself into church for years? Where is my community now that I’m aging, divorced, and in poor health? Who will walk beside me during th … [Read More...]

When “gospel” meets “kingdom”

By Charles Colton Allen, Biblical Studies Student and Student Fellow of the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement at Liberty University, Member of Reformed Episcopal Church. @CCAllen27The gospel should never be reduced to simply a message of personal salvation. Doing so leaves us with a … [Read More...]

Neo-Evangelicalism’s Shift into Neo-Fundamentalism?

From Bruce Ellis Benson: Still, my question boils down to this: are evangelical colleges at risk of sliding from neo-evangelicalism to something like “neo-fundamentalism”? In other words, are evangelical colleges (or perhaps evangelicals in general) making a retreat from the world and embracing a ne … [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

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...]

A Call for Some Housecleaning at CBMW

By Aimee Byrd:I don’t see how CBMW can move forward from this in a healthy way without cleaning house and publicly apologizing to those it has misled. How can CBMW speak to a culture with “widespread uncertainty and confusion in our culture regarding the complementary differences between mas … [Read More...]

The Pastor’s Pastor: Top Ten Books 6

By John Frye:The second book in the 1980s that profoundly influenced me and my ministry is Eugene H. Peterson, Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work. Think of all the phrases: paradigm shift, game changer, a new way of seeing, where have I been all my life. This little book literally overhauled … [Read More...]

Subordinationism: Some Major Questions

By Jamin Hübner at CBE:As many of you are aware, a particular debate involving the doctrine of the Trinity is causing no little stir in American evangelicalism. This past Thursday (June 16, 2016) Christianity Today even felt it necessary to write a primer on the discussion.Since my area and c … [Read More...]

A World From Dust (RJS)

In popular imagination, even the imagination of of many trained in technical fields, evolution is a messy, chaotic, highly contingent and random process. Mark Whorton in Peril in Paradise comments that while he finds the evidence for an old earth convincing, the evidence for evolution is far less … [Read More...]

Husbands, the Last Word, Love, and Honor

By Erin Ortega, at AriseComplementarians confidently assert that husbands are the God-ordained leaders of their families. As leaders, they have the right and responsibility to make final decisions in the home. I will refer to this husbandly right as the "last word clause."The "last word … [Read More...]

Every Kid’s a Preacher’s Kid

By Jonathan Storment:A few weeks ago, during a sermon at Highland (the Church I serve), I told a story about something that happened last year with my (then) 6 year old daughter, Eden.It was, what I thought, a really cute story about her running onto the Arkansas Razorback field when she and … [Read More...]

Is Trinity “Useless”? Hear this Theologian Out

By Geoff Holsclaw, pastor at Life on the Vine and colleague at Northern Seminary.Does the Trinity really matter to our regular lives?  And with this supposed “trinitarian revival” of the last 75 years, what are the options? Have things really changed? Or is it all useless?Well, Zondervan’s Tw … [Read More...]

New Parents and Happiness

Newser: (NEWSER) – The "happiness penalty" between parents and nonparents in the U.S. — that is, in which nonparents report being happier than their counterparts — is wider than in any of the other 21 countries researchers have analyzed. Now those researchers say they've managed to pinpoint exactly … [Read More...]

A Sojourn in Egypt (RJS)

Out of Egypt I called my son. (Hosea 11:1) Sojourns in Egypt plays an important role in the sweep of Scripture running from the opening frames of the story of Abraham and the covenant promise in Genesis 12 through the early story of Jesus (Mt 2). Abram obeyed the call of God and went to the land … [Read More...]

More and More Bibles

By Ben Irwin: I’d been working for an evangelical publisher for almost five years. I loved my job. I loved publishing Bibles — and I published a lot of them. Study Bibles. Youth Bibles. Audio Bibles. We had a Bible for everyone…or at least we aspired to.We wanted more people to read the Bible. A … [Read More...]

Zmirak, Metaxas, Trump and Bonhoeffer

Source Stream contributor Eric Metaxas has a provocative new book out this week,If You Can Keep It, which explores the forgotten connections between faith-based virtues and the survival of freedom in America. Are Americans virtuous enough to keep up a free society? Or are we headed into a new age w … [Read More...]