Archives for July 2009

Beginning with God 9

It all begins with God — what we think about God shapes what we think about ourselves and those around us and our world. It begins with God. What is our “narrative” of God? What are the narratives that hinder our perception and life in God? James Bryan Smith, in The Good and Beautiful God: [Read More…]

Certified Copy

One evening Kris and I dined in a lovely hill town called Lucignano, and one of our greatest delights about traveling in Italy is wandering and finding some small village or some city off the maps of tourists. Maybe our lack of Italian keeps us from communicating much with those in such places, but the [Read More…]

The Pope’s Most Recent Encyclical 1

Once again, Mary Veeneman, professor in theology at North Park University, steps up to guide us into understanding Pope Benedict XVI’s most recent statement. This is a two-part post and tomorrow Mary will explore the significance of this new statement. Today Mary sets the stage by sketching Catholic social vision — and I wish I [Read More…]

Pastors and Weddings: by PW

Our friend, PW, writes posts for the Jesus Creed blog on what it is like to be a pastor’s spouse (in her case a “wife” — hence, PW). This one is about weddings, and I’d love to hear some pastor stories about weddings. This recent YouTube video popularity sparked me to remember all the weddings [Read More…]

Jimmy Carter: A Mystery

We were away when Jimmy Carter’s oft-repeated idea about women and the Southern Baptists was recirculated in the media: he’s evidently withdrawn from the Southern Baptist Convention over its tightened up restrictions on women and his perception that it has diminished equality of the sexes. He first made waves about this in 2000 and then [Read More…]

We survived…

A friend sent this to me … and I think it might come from Jay Leno. Anyway … TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!  First, we survived being born to mothers who  took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing,  tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, [Read More…]

Neue Quarterly – Blue Parakeet and Metamorpha – Fasting

I recently wrote a piece for Neue Quarterly (p. 94 ff) that works out an idea from The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible . And Kyle Strobel interviewed me for his blog, Metamorpha, about Fasting: The Ancient Practices . (Aksel loves my fasting book.) [Read more…]

Is “Police” a Christian Calling?

Here is a letter from a reader and I’m wondering what you think? As an Anabaptist, I’m aware of this issue from a variety of angles, not the least of which is that violence and God’s kingdom are at odds. There are a lot of issues involved here, and one of them is that many [Read More…]

The Best Question Ever

Andy Stanley contends there is one question that, if we ask it each time we make a decision, it will bring clarity to the important questions and problems and dilemmas in your life. Asking and answering this question could have helped you avoid your biggest regret ever. “You and I have something in common,” Andy [Read More…]

Picture in Need of Caption

What do you think is on the mind of Chesty, the Marine’s mascot? [Read more…]