Archives for January 2009

Prayer for the Week

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. [Read More…]

Debunking by Ignoring

It is fashionable today to see the Christian religion as a massive cover up and the real story is supposed to have gone something like this: Jesus was a pious, Torah-observant Jew whom Paul got hold of and cranked up a few notches into a God-like deity, called him the Christ, and then handed on [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings (resumes next week)

Kris and I have been gone and almost completely out of (internet) action for a week. I got the posts done for last week before we left and, with RJS’s help (thanks RJS), we got through the week. But, being gone also meant not reading the internet to do Weekly Meanderings this week. We’ll have [Read More…]

January and Sports

What makes January such a good month for sports? 1. Nope, not because we have hour to hour college bowl games between teams I don’t follow.2. Nope, not because the Bears are out of the playoffs and that means we can watch better teams.3. Nope, not because we can start gearing up for the Super [Read More…]

Third Way and Abortion

Adam Hamilton, author of Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics, stands with — I trust — everyone: if we can’t undo Roe v. Wade then at least we can work hard at reducing abortion. There are about one million abortions per year in the USA (this [Read More…]

On Blurbing Books

Blurbing is a delicate art. Publishers seek recognizable names that will raise the credibility of the book and its author; publishers also seek diverse blurbs in order to widen the readership. Blurbs, so it seems to me, are there to get potential readers either to purchase the book or at least to open the book [Read More…]

Gospel 45

Our last reference in Romans is found in Romans 16:25. Fittingly it is part of a prayer, a doxology: 25 Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and [Read More…]

Happy New Year

And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. Lk 2:21 The Holy Name: Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in [Read More…]

Gospel 44

We continue our series on the meaning of the word “gospel,” a word I think has been so reduced in meaning that it will take serious efforts to recover a fully biblical perspective. Romans 15:14-20 reads: [Read more…]