Telling Stories is not Preaching

By John Frye in his series on the preacher's temptations.A troubling spin-off of the welcomed return to narrative theology is the reduction of preaching to “telling stories.” The Bible is a library of stories. Yes. N. T. Wright has helped us see that even the Book of Romans expresses the startling completion of Israel’s story. Jesus was a masterful storyteller. Yes. The parables tell us so. Our human minds are wired for stories. Yes. Our minds construct stories to help us find or make meani … [Read More...]

Christians in the Eyes of their Enemies

You can learn about a group not only by listening to them express their views, which is step number one in charitable conversation, but also by listening to their enemies. One time Joe Modica and I co-edited a volume called Who Do My Opponents Say That I Am? in which a good list of scholars examined the various accusations against Jesus. I offered an essay on what it meant to call Jesus mamzer, or "illegitimate." We solicited essays then in an attempt to discover a "christology from the side." ( … [Read More...]

It Isn’t About Jacob! (RJS)

It has been awhile since the last post in our walk through Genesis - Isaac was Isaac-ing, but now we turn to Jacob, through whom the nation of Israel was established. Abraham and Isaac became fathers of many nations, but Jacob of only one, God's chosen people Israel. Abraham had many sons, but only through Isaac rather than Ishmael, or the sons of his concubine Keturah (Gen 25:1-4), did the covenant promise continue. Isaac had two sons, but only through Jacob did the covenant promise continue. … [Read More...]

NT Wright: Post Penal Substitution

If anything is clear in NT Wright's new book, The Day the Revolution Began, it is that Christians have ... here are Wright's own words: We have Platonized our eschatology (substituting “souls going to heaven” for the promised new creation) and have therefore moralized our anthropology (substituting … [Read More...]

(Im)migrating Toward Love 2 (by Taylor Hammett)

(Im)migrating Toward Love (Part 2):5 Things Our Church Is Doing To Become a HomeI find houses to be curious places. They often tell the tale of travel by the souvenirs on display or of their owner’s interests by the kinds of nicknacks one might find sitting around the place.One of the w … [Read More...]

Re-Baptizing the Church (by Leslie Leyland Fields)

Re-Baptizing the ChurchWho says Churchgoers are stodgy and unyielding? Not the polls. A study just released last Wednesday by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution ( that nearly three out of four white evangelicals (72%) believe … [Read More...]

Kyle Schwarber on the World Series Roster!

This is great news as Kyle Schwarber is one of the Cubs' folk heroes. … [Read More...]

Is Meaning a meaningless Pursuit? (RJS)

For many people in the 21st century the search for some transcendent meaning is futile, a mere chasing after rainbows. The meaning of life is simply what you make of it - relationships, pleasure, achievement, accomplishment (which can include sacrificial service) - in the limited time available. … [Read More...]

Kingdom-Shaped Leadership

Every theory of leadership derives from a worldview, a theology, and a systemic location. This is why John Nugent in his Endangered Gospel can say these things that show correlation of kingdom theory and leadership theory: Heaven-centered and world-centered churches gravitate toward certain forms … [Read More...]

Why Does Your Church Worship as it Does?

Your Liturgy: Why Do You Do What You Do? By Michelle VanLoon http://www.MomentsAndDays.comMuch has been made of the longing among some believing Millennials for structure, reverence, and beauty in worship. Fewer smoke machines, more incense. I’ve certainly evidence of this des … [Read More...]

Six Myths about Advocating for Women in Ministry

By Debbie FulthorpRecently, I received a couple of e-mails from a few well-meaning friends suggesting that I tone it down with social media posts advocating for women in ministry. These friends suggested that my posts cause tension, make the church look bad, and turn people away from attending … [Read More...]

NLCS Champs

ImageMany of you know our son works for the Cubs as a professional scout (he's Assistant Scouting Director), and he's been talking about last night for five years. Theo Epstein's plan was to take the Cubs down to the floor joists and rebuild on the basis of draft choices. Which they have done, … [Read More...]

Almighty and Everlasting God…

Almighty and everlasting God,increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity;and, that we may obtain what you promise,make us love what you command;through Jesus Christ our Lord,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever.Amen.BCP … [Read More...]

Paula White: Take Your Pick

Paula White on Donald Trump: "If he suddenly came out all religious, that would seem staged to me," said White, who has known Trump for 14 years. "Donald has never been public about his faith, and when he has tried, it has been futile. It's not his language, but that doesn't mean it's not his … [Read More...]

End of Protestantism (a review of Peter Leithart)

THE END OF PROTESTANTISMBy David George Moore. Dave blogs at and his videos can be seen at made it clear that unity among all Christians was His will. Many of us feel this is a nice sentiment, but not realistic to expect in our present world…at l … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings 22 October 2016

Dear Whitey, we're still playin'!My friend at Brentwood Baptist, Mike Glenn, proposes his theory about nones and dones: After a long discussion about the “Nones,” researchers have discovered another category of people leaving the church—the “Dones.” While the Nones are those who claim no religio … [Read More...]

Character Matters

Anthony Rizzo, Cubs first baseman, has character and this incident reveals the man for who he is. By Shannan Younger: Even if you aren't a baseball fan, Chicago Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo's apology to an umpire last night is worth paying attention to and sharing with your tweens and t … [Read More...]