Archives for October 2009

Weekly Meanderings

We’ve had grey, rainy weather, so I thought that maybe some sunflowers would greet us this morning for a little lift. Like Lake Wobegon, it’s been a busy but good week in cyberspace… Colson’s piece on atheists who become believers: any comments? TSK’s piece on all things emerging throughout the world: any comments? Molly Aley’s [Read More…]

U2 — Your Favorite?

I don’t know U2, and evidently this puts me totally out of sync with the rest of the world.  So, I need an introduction to U2 and their music.  What’s the best?  But … I do know this one: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. [Read more…]

Counterfeit Gods 2

Love itself can become a counterfeit god. In fact, it can become “apocalyptic romance” — that is, love can be used to attempt to gain transcendence, meaning, and ultimate joy. Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC, in Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters treats [Read More…]

Young Christian Authors: Jesse Rice

Anyone, and I mean anyone, who can help us think about how the gospel and the church and life itself is being reshaped (or influenced or revolutionized) by social media like Facebook is worth listening to. Jesse Rice’s new book, The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community , is not only worth [Read More…]

Ashland Gospel Lectures

I had a great time at Ashland Theological Seminary giving four lectures on the topic “The Battle for the Gospel.” Just a brief note on the various lectures: first, an introduction to the gospel in current evangelical conversation, the gospel of the kingdom, the gospeling sermons of Peter and Paul in Acts, and how the [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 52

The listeners — both Jews and god-fearing Gentiles — wanted more out of Paul after his initial gospeling in Pisidian Antioch.  13:42 As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people were urging them to speak about these things on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and [Read More…]

Evolution and Evangelicals … Reflections (RJS)

We began a discussion Tuesday on the real and perceived barriers to the acceptance of  an evolutionary mechanism of creation amongst evangelical theologians.  The basis for our discussion is a recent survey by Bruce Waltke (or here), an Old Testament scholar, author of a Genesis commentary and other books. The results of his survey are [Read More…]

Manifold Witness 6

John Franke, in his new and exciting book Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth (Living Theology)  discusses a major Christian claim: God speaks (chp. 7) and Scripture is God’s Word (chp 8). Thus, God is Truth and God communicates Truth to humans and God communicates Truth in order to draw humans into relationship with this [Read More…]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Revelation of John

You can get folks to roll their eyes just mentioning the Book of Revelation, and mostly they do this because of the utter silliness of so much that is said and believed about the book these days — and, yes, that is a comment about the left behind series and similar observations. The Book of [Read More…]


From…  In the age of hookups, friends with benefits and online dating, and as human life expectancy grows, is it still reasonable to expect people to pair up and stay monogamous until death do them part?   “It’s realistic that some people can mate for life in the same sense that some people can play [Read More…]