Archives for May 2011

Strife in Egypt

By Sami Aboudi CAIRO, May 27 (Reuters) – Last January, Nazih Moussa Gerges locked up his downtown Cairo law office and joined hundreds of thousands of fellow Egyptians to demand that President Hosni Mubarak step down. The 33-year-old Christian lawyer was back on the streets this month to press military rulers who took over after [Read More…]

Being Human 5 (RJS)

Chapter 3 of Joel Green’s book Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible deals with the topic of sin and freedom. I am going to devote a few posts to this topic because it is one that troubles me far more than the debates over heaven and hell. What is [Read More…]

God Behaving Badly 5

Does the Old Testament teach us about a God of violence or a God of peace? Apart from the “just because it’s in the Bible doesn’t mean it is condoned” approach, a proper method for answering a question like this is to probe the texts and find the patterns and the contexts and see what [Read More…]

Internet Shopping

From The Strategy Web: How about you? Where do you look for information when it comes to shopping? [Read more…]

Youth Ministry Reframed

My travels around the USA give me opportunity to talk to lots of youth pastors, and something is changing. What is changing is that the same-old isn’t working as well, and youth pastors know they are the threshold of news ways for new days. What is perhaps most exciting to me is a desire for [Read More…]

Here’s Jimmy! 1

Ed McMahon used to introduce Johnny Carson with “Here’s Johnny!” I’m swiping that introduction to introduce my PhD supervisor’s newest book, and it is a book that truly does introduce readers to the big ideas in Jimmy Dunn’s many long books. The book is called Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels, and is made of nine [Read More…]

Technology as Iconic

From Tim Dalrymple: Are we deaf to the marvels around us? Why is that so? If it is extraordinary that God could make rivers, is it not even more extraordinary that God should make humans with the ingenuity to cross those rivers by designing and building bridges? If we should give thanks to God for [Read More…]

They Asked

Students have asked me questions over the years that I have sought to probe with them and answer myself. I’m not sure I can reduce all the questions to the single-most important, but I think I can reduce them to a few topics. What is the Christian life all about? Why has justice — especially [Read More…]

Cape Town Commitment 4

We are doing a series on the The Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action. This is a breath-taking sweep through the mission of God, guided by one of the world’s finest mission theologians (Chris Wright), and it can provide a basis for evangelical unity. It is not so much [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and [Read More…]