Yet another new book for our consideration. Denis Alexander, molecular biologist, former chair of the Molecular Immunology Programme at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge and emeritus director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, has recently published Is There Purpose in Biology? The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. This should be interesting… Purpose is one of those words that covers several different categories or concepts. Is life purposeful or purposeless? On one level there is, of… Read more

Is the Book of Job a parable? What is the message of Job? Does Job believe in life everlasting or prolongation of days  in one’s descendants? Matt Levering, in his new book called Dying and the Virtues. examines the Book of Job and intersects it with the longing for life everlasting because of love. If God loves us, then God can’t annihilate us. That’s a major theme for Levering for the Book of Job. Life everlasting and love. They are not… Read more

Rod Dreher, a voice adored by some conservatives and despised by some progressives, always speaks his mind with utterly clear prose. You don’t have to be a conservative to feel the blunt end of this bad-boy description: Looking back on it, it was not sexual abuse by priests that caused me to lose my Catholic faith. It was the chronic lying and deceptive actions by bishops, and the inescapable conclusion that they could not be trusted to reform the Church…. Read more

Caitlin Flanagan at The Atlantic: Two years ago, I walked downstairs and saw one of my teenage sons watching a strange YouTube video on the television. “What is that?” I asked. He turned to me earnestly and explained, “It’s a psychology professor at the University of Toronto talking about Canadian law.” [Jordan Peterson] “Huh?” I said, but he had already turned back to the screen. I figured he had finally gotten to the end of the internet, and this was… Read more

After looking at 2 Timothy 3 and Paul’s use of θεόπνευστος (God-breathed or God-spirited), John Walton and D. Brent Sandy (The Lost World of Scripture) turn to the concept of inerrancy. While both of them affirm inerrancy, properly understood, its use in the church is often flawed and troublesome.  They note at the beginning of the chapter that “Descriptive terms that carry rhetorical power often have a shelf life. … Inerrancy is one of those terms, and it may be… Read more

My generation’s fathers by and large read the Book of Revelation through the lens of premillennial tribulation-and-rapture debates, who was the antichrist, and if 1948’s rebirth of Israel was not the herald of the last generation before the return of Christ. I read it that way, too, all the way into my seminary days when I about gave up on this stuff and thought it was a big ball of smelly baloney. Then I read the Jewish apocalyptic literature, then… Read more

I will begin a new series on miracles, and we will focus our conversation by reading Luke Timothy Johnson’s new book — one that will not satisfy everyone but it will provoke conversations aplenty. It’s called Miracles: God’s Presence and Power in Creation. It’s in the acclaimed series from WJKP called Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church. What do you think are the most important questions about the Bible’s records of miracles?  Johnson, who paved a resurrection… Read more

BBC The whale “vigorously chased a school of salmon with her pod-mates in Haro Strait” off Canada’s Vancouver Island, the Center for Whale Research said. “Her tour of grief is now over and her behaviour is remarkably frisky.” Killer whales have been known to carry dead calves for a week, but scientists believe this mother “sets a record”. Killer whale spotted pushing dead calf for two days The mother whale – known as J35 – has captivated the world’s attention… Read more

A big Amen! Indeed, God-talk that is uncontrolled by Christology has a horrific track record in church history, which is to say that God-talk, independent of Christ, frequently kills. Douglas Campbell Read more

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; 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

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