Archives for April 2009

On Birdwatching in the Age of Twitter

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A Brother’s Wisdom 44

What do you think these words mean from James 2:13? “judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” I think it sounds like Jesus in Matt 6:14-15: “14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if [Read More…]

Science and the Sacred (RJS)

At the Following Christ Conference this last December Francis Collins announced his coming BioLogos website and foundation.  I was not at the conference, but several who were  mentioned it in comments on various posts on this blog, so I’ve been watching for it.  Yesterday the long anticipated site launched and can be found at The [Read More…]

Our Collective Faith 14

The editors of  Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe finish the book off with an epilogue that reflects on heresy and orthodoxy, and it’s worth a good read. It will do well to finish off this excursion into how to avoid heresies. It is an easy temptation to become [Read More…]

Coming Conversations

We will begin this Friday and then next week two new conversations. One will be about Andrew Marin’s new book about homosexuality and the Church, called Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation With the Gay Community . And the second will be about Tom Wright’s new book, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision . [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 43

James 2:12-13 reads: “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” Sailors, so I’m told, use stars to guide them. The North Star has become the symbol of [Read More…]

Kay Warren’s Controversy (now at Jesus Creed)

Over at the CT site called Her.meneutics, Kay Warren stirred some folks up about the distinction between humans and animals. Here is her decisive paragraph (and what do you think?): Please don’t misunderstand me: God put animals under the care of human beings, and we are responsible to treat them with love and kindness (Gen. [Read More…]

Heresy and Our Collective Faith: Some Pragmatics

I got this set of questions from a reader at the end of our series on “Our Collective Faith,” a series that discussed a book about heresies and how to avoid them. Here is the set of questions, and I’ve asked some theology friends to respond, but I’m game for anyone’s response: To what extent [Read More…]

Sacred Space in Texas: Laity Lodge

If I were a pastor or a youth pastor, if I were a small group in Texas, and if I lived within 500 miles of Laity Lodge — I’d do everything I could to get folks to spend a weekend retreat at this beautiful setting in the hill country of Texas. And I’d want to [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 42

To love your neighbor as yourself is the foundation of the Torah.To show favortism toward the rich and against the poor, you are not acting in love.Not to love is to break the law.Therefore, those who break the law (of love) are classed as “transgressors.” That’s the logic of James. That’s the logic of love. [Read More…]