Prayer for the New Year

Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

Farewell to President Ford. I am a big fan of Clarence Jordan — not just for his stuff on the Sermon on the Mount, but also for his clever translations. Thanks to iMonk. Here’s a blog series — I’m linking to the site — that is a “virtual book” on how to read the Bible. [Read More...]

Friday is for Friends

There are two uses of memory according to the 5th chp of Miroslav Volf’s The End of Memory. There is literal memory and exemplary memory. What we do with our memories is what matters most — do we “do” literal or exemplary with our memory? [Read more...]

The God Hypothesis 5

Where do we get our morals? Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, chps. 6-7, dedicates much ink to spilling out his theory of morals. He is bound to do two things: demonstrate that morals are an evolutionary deposit in humans (through natural selection) and prove that religious morals are madness. [Read more...]

Good humbling

“It was good for me that I was humbled, so that I might learn Your laws” (119:71). Abraham learned this in Egypt; Moses learned this in the wilderness; neither Saul nor Solomon evidently did; David sure did. Josiah learned it well and he learned it young. Both Peter and Paul learned it — both the [Read More...]

Is Christianity Credible? 2

In chps 3 and 4 of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Love Alone is Credible, Balthasar speaks of an aesthetic that speaks to us from outside ourselves. Such an aesthetic perception of beauty cannot be reduced to my imagination. Love, Balthasar, is credible in the Logos. Hear me out on this one. [Read more...]

The Dogs are back!

Lukas and Annika arrived today — along with Meriam (the black “golden”doodle) and Slater (Cairn). Here they staged a family reunion. This evening we will have yet another Christmas celebration, this time with Laura, Mark, Lukas and Annika. Our kids were in other States on Christmas day, and starting today we will have an opportunity [Read More...]

Gooder than gold

The psalmist knows God is good and that everything that comes from him is good. Notice these: [Read more...]

Gerald R. Ford

Accepting his John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award “To know John Kennedy, as I did, was to understand the true meaning of the word. He understood that courage is not something to be gauged in a poll or located in a focus group. [Read more...]

Women in Ministry: Redemptive Trend 2

William Webb, in his Slaves, Women and Homosexuals, examines a singular question: how to analyze which parts of the Bible are “cultural” and which parts are “transcultural.” [Read more...]


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