Science, Faith and the Public Sphere (RJS)

For those who don’t follow such news with bated breath – President Obama has nominated Francis Collins to head up the NIH (National Institutes of Health).  This is, in my opinion, a great choice.  He is an accomplished scientist and administrator.  You can see the NY Times article here: Pick to Lead Health Agency Draws [Read More...]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Colossians

Now we turn to commentaries on Colossians in our ongoing series on commentaries. And once again, speak up if you think a commentary deserves mention. I taught Colossians for years, used a commentary I really liked, and so I still turn first to Peter O’Brien, Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 44, Colossians-Philemon. Exegetically rigorous and theologically [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 84

Out of nowhere James says this in James 5:12: Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned. He has virtually quoted Jesus here. Here are the words of Jesus from Matthew 5:33-37: Again, [Read More...]

Science and Faith – A Pastoral Approach? (RJS)

Over the last year or so I’ve written a number of posts that have reflected on various aspects of the intersection of science and faith.  These are issues and questions that I’ve thought about and wrestled with most of my adult life. How should we interpret Genesis or Romans? What does it mean to claim [Read More...]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 7

We are discussing marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. If you know the debates today among (mostly) evangelicals — I don’t know this debate outside that circle, you know there is a debate between complementarians and egalitarians, though I think the word “egalitarian” is [Read More...]


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