On Cooking Asparagus

Kris and I like asparagus, but we don’t make it very often … but if you do, let us know how you cook it and here’s an article that has some suggestions. Do you have any recipes? By MARK BITTMAN It takes effort to maintain a sense of seasonality with asparagus, given that it has become a [Read More...]

Osama bin Laden Question

From a former student and now in seminary: Scot, I’m writing to you in regards to the death of Osama Bin Laden. I’ve been reflecting a lot this week on how to respond to these moments as a citizen of America, and ultimately of the Kingdom of God. The Psalms, Proverbs, and Romans 12:9-21 & [Read More...]

What would Jesus cut?

From Jordan J. Ballor at First Things, who wonders if there is not another way beyond budget cut conversation: Even more troubling is the mounting evidence that Christians have adopted this mentality, too. We see this in giving patterns among American Christians. The majority of evangelical church leaders, for instance, seem not to think that tithing [Read More...]

The End of Evangelicalism? 3

David Fitch, in his new book, The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission: Towards an Evangelical Political Theology (Theopolitical Visions), thinks evangelicalism’s influence is more or less over, that it needs to reexamine itself, and that it needs to rediscover what it could be in our world. At the core of David’s [Read More...]

Calvinism’s TULIP

Many of us, and I would include myself in this number, were taught that Calvinism’s theology is TULIP theology. That is, Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints. Ken Stewart’s new book, Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition , shows why this way of [Read More...]