Archives for March 2010

Bambi goes … no kidding!

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Finding Friends at New Joy

Kris and I were in Ephrata PA last Friday and Saturday at New Joy Church. It’s in Lancaster County, which means the Amish. We loved the small farms and the rolling hills.  I was speaking to a regional meeting of the Brethren in Christ church leaders. We loved our time, and found (as we often [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 3

Psalm 2 [after jump], according to John Goldingay, would also be at home in one of the prophets (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) ). But it’s now part of the double-psalm introduction to the Psalms. If Psalm 1 ends with the wicked’s path perishing, Psalm 2 [Read More…]

What do you think about heaven?

The Washington Post’s “On Faith” discussion is about heaven. Quite the discussion. What do you believe about heaven? Whose view below is most like yours?  From Daisy Khan, a Muslim: “For me, perhaps the most profound beauty of Heaven is its plurality and diversity of people. Heaven is dar al-salaam, the ultimate safe haven. It’s [Read More…]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 3

I’m really enjoying the new book, The Loser Letters , by Mary Eberstadt. It’s fiction; it’s satire; it’s the attempt by a recent atheist convert to explain the problems of atheism to the upper level echelon of new atheists.  One of the elements I’ve observed is that atheists tend to be much better at deconstructing religious faith [Read More…]

Finally, Someone has the courage to tell the truth!

From What’s your advice? What chocolate should we purchase? Compared with people who rarely ate chocolate (about one bar per month), the people who ate the most chocolate (slightly more than one bar per week) had a 27 percent and 48 percent reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, respectively, the researchers found…. OK, [Read More…]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 9

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores the church in the book of Ephesians, and it’s a great week to ponder his thoughts and these questions. Questions of the Day: Think about your local community … What do you see when you observe the Church? What do you think [Read More…]

Our Common Prayerbook 2

Psalm 1 is a poem that promises the obedient will flourish. It urges the reader to seek God’s blessing of flourishing by promising blessing and warning the wicked of being blown away (v. 4). Like chaff, the wicked are blown away. The wicked are in contrast to those who obey; hence they are the disobedient. [Read More…]

The Challenge of Adam 3 (RJS)

I am currently reading a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast and this book reflects both of his interests. It is a readable, but thorough and academic, book looking at the history of [Read More…]

You and the Charismatics

The newest Barna Study examines American Christians and their relationship to the charismatic movement. There is at least one alarming element in this study, but here are some major conclusions: Do the following match your experience locally? What are you seeing in the charismatic movement? (Is this an “issue” anymore? Why or why not?) Some [Read More…]