Archives for December 2008

Third Way and Spirituality

Adam Hamilton has a way of grabbing his reader’s attention: in his discussion of the truth about the spiritual formation of most of us, he says this: some days are good but somedays are not — on those days you feel like this: “Your faith can’t move dust bunnies, much less mountains” (139). This is [Read More…]

Jonathan Edwards on Revival

The most famous sermon in American history is “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The most famous theologian in American history is Jonathan Edwards, the theologian who preached that most famous sermon. My friend and a Jonathan Edwards scholar, Gerald McDermott, has recently edited a book on Edwards called Understanding Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction [Read More…]

Gospel 43

No matter how you read it, the end of Romans 11 is tough stuff: [Read more…]

At Peace With Science? (RJS)

Scot having tried his hand at science a couple of weeks ago (here), I (RJS) will step up to bat once again and start to tackle what may be the toughest question in the science and faith discussion. We have been carrying on a conversation dealing with the hard questions in the relationship, sometimes conflict, [Read More…]


After a losing fight with a porcupine, this dog is doing fine, and now that we know it’s fine … what does this picture bring to mind? Who is this dog’s analogy in our world? Which Church leader feels like this? [Read more…]

Gospel 42

We skip in Romans from Romans 2 to Romans 10 to find the next use of “gospel.”  There are two uses of “gospel/gospeling” in Romans 10:15-16 and I have provided additional verses to exhibit the context: [Read more…]

Third Way and Determinism

Some Christians are functional deists: they believe in God but their God has very little to do with this world. He’s the clockmaker God; made this place and then let it run. On the other hand, some Christians are theological determinists: they believe everything that happens is the result of God’s plans and God’s designs [Read More…]

Now Brewing: Rise and Wine Mocha Java

I’ve recently been brewing a few different coffees, including Strada coffee from Africa and some wonderful new stuff from the great place called Burnsville, Minnesota. They have a fine coffee and coffee shop — my kind of place — called “Jo Jo’s Rise and Wine.” Yes, you guessed it: they sell coffee and fine wines. [Read More…]

Gospel 41

Undoubtedly, the one passage in Romans that doesn’t seem to “fit” the standard Reformation explanations of both gospel and justification is found in Romans 2 and I am clipping a few verses to set our next use of “gospel” in context: [Read more…]

First Sunday after Christmas Prayer

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more…]