Archives for Jan 13, 2010 @ 14:16

Women and Religion

From Nicholas Kristof, who increasingly uses his pen to speak about injustices: Religions derive their power and popularity in part from the ethical compass they offer. So why do so many faiths help perpetuate something that most of us regard as profoundly unethical: the oppression of women? It is not that warlords in Congo cite [Read More…]

A Thought on Haiti

Last night I read this from Randy Harris, God Work – Confessions of a Standup Theologian:   One of the things we do as Christians is to try to pay attention to what God might be able to do in the world, especially with the broken places in our lives. These aren’t good things. They [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 75

Luke in some ways leaves it to his readers to imagine what Paul was doing when he sets out a string of activities and travels in Acts 18: 18:18 Paul, after staying many more days in Corinth, said farewell to the brothers and sailed away to Syria accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. He had his hair [Read More…]

Bible Study Guides

Somewhere in the 1980s two things happened: home Bible studies began to flourish and home Bible studies began to study books other than the Bible. Explanations probably abound, and there is no reason to speculate why this happened or debate the value of book studies (other than the Bible). At one time, small groups opened [Read More…]

What’s Your View?

What’s your take on where contemporary Christians ought to tithe?  Is the tithe necessarily for the local church, or could one make a good biblical argument that as long as we tithe to God’s kingdom purposes on earth, we are being obedient followers of Jesus? [Read more…]

Marriage and Divorce 2

So what is marriage? Is it a legal contract? A covenant? A sacrament rendered effective by a priest? William F. Luck’s Divorce and Re-Marriage: Recovering the Biblical View  examines this sort of question in chp 2 of his book. When a man and woman marry, what do they “covenant” to do and to be? Marriage, he [Read More…]

Souls in Transition 4

So what is the religious life of emerging adults today like when compared to the last twenty-five years? What is it like when compared to other age groups? What Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  is nothing short of stunning. Again, [Read More…]