Friday is for Friends

Kathleen Norris tells her story, inAcedia & Me: Marriage, Monks and the Writer’s Life, of how she became a poet during her college days at Bennington. It was a teacher who told her she had what it takes. [Read more...]

Loosening the Grip 7

Our post today is written by Mary Veeneman, a member of our BTS department here at North Park. Her chp focuses on the 3d chp of Race: A Theological Account. She’s got some good questions at the end. [Read more...]

Loosening the Grip 6

I’m holding in my hands at this very moment the original German edition of Gerhard Kittel’s famous Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. I’ve got volume 4. The foreword, written by Kittel himself, is preceded by a page of German theologians, collaborators in the 4th volume of TDNT, who were killed in WWII as soldiers [Read More...]

Beginning with the Dead Sea Scrolls

How many times have you asked or been asked this question: How can I learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls in a way that I can understand what is going on? Books about the DSS tend to be very academic and for specialists, so I was pumped when I saw this book: my colleague and [Read More...]

Gospel 24

Gospeling, gospeling, gospeling … that’s what Paul does. And today we look at his great address on the Areopagus in Athens: [Read more...]

Emerging: A Response

Dear Emerging, The number of folks who surrounded you with advice and wisdom continues to draw our admiration, but I do want to put some of this together from my angle. [Read more...]

Declaring Doom 5

I’ve got a big question today, but first let me sketch two items quickly. First, think about it, we’ve seen the following as prophets of doom: the puritans with their weekly jeremiads, Thomas Jefferson, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Add someone else to this list: Abraham Lincoln, about whom Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh says: “For better or [Read More...]

Gospel 23

Paul keeps on gospeling and we turn today to Acts 16 and 17. [Read more...]

Original Sin Returns 3 (RJS)

Chapter 3 of Henri Blocher’s book Original Sindeals with discerning the mind of Paul on the issue of Adam and the Fall. Any Christian discussion of the evolution life, the evolution of homo sapiens, and the doctrine of Original Sin must reckon with Paul and his contrast between Adam and Christ. As death came through [Read More...]

Prayer as Activism

I have asked two of my fine students, Brittany Bennett and Nick Johnson — who are getting married this summer — and who have a ministry passion for issues of justice and the church, to take a look at Shane Claiborne’s and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s new book, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary [Read More...]


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