A Plea for Civility

From President Obama’s speech at the University of Michigan… Today’s 24/7 echo-chamber amplifies the most inflammatory soundbites louder and faster than ever before.  And it’s also, however, given us unprecedented choice.  Whereas most Americans used to get their news from the same three networks over dinner, or a few influential papers on Sunday morning, we [Read More...]

Our Common Prayerbook 11

This psalm, Psalm 11 (see after the jump), once again, is a prayer that weaves in and out of theology, plea and reflection — it ponders God as it ponders enemies. John Goldingay sums up what this psalm does in words worth quoting: “When the foundations collapse, you can (e.g.) flit (like Elijah), seek to [Read More...]

Telling Our Story – The Story of Jesus (RJS)

This last week I (RJS not Scot) have spent my commute listening to the audio from the Wheaton Theology Conference: Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright. This is fascinating stuff – I recommend it highly. I put up a post in dialogue with the speakers at the conference [Read More...]

The Resurrection of Ministry

If you are total pragmatist when it comes to ministry, you won’t like this book. If you are a theologian-pastor type, you may well love Andrew Purves, The Resurrection of Ministry: Serving in the Hope of the Risen Lord . Purves’ earlier book, which we blogged through, was called The Crucifixion of Ministry: Surrendering Our Ambitions [Read More...]


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