Archives for July 2011

Prayer for the Week

God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and [Read More…]

Miss Fancy Pants, in her own words

Evidently, some mother wrote to her future daughter-in-law some scathing words about manners, the future bride’s father got involved, and the next thing you know the world knows. Here’s the original letter that got the kerfuffle feathers shaking. My suggestion is that, instead of getting together over a beer as our President did one time, [Read More…]

Coming Soon

A proposal on the meaning of the original gospel is coming soon. You ready for the conversation? It’s called The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. [Read more…]

How do you mark your books?

Years of reading and talking to readers and reading those who write about reading reveals to me that there are many ways to mark books, but I’ve learned so much about marking by listening to others talk about marking books. Alan Jacobs, in his new book, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

We’re back from Israel and so we’ve got yet another edition of Weekly Meanderings for our Saturday readers. At the north end of Masada, and actually descending down the mountain, Herod the Great built a palace. Here are some ruins from that palace. Robert Crosby on the day Jesus shouted. Christopher Gehrz has an excellent [Read More…]

July 4 Eats

Here’s a couple links for those who are wondering what to eat (or serve) for July 4. The best hamburgers. Or some pollo asado instead. How to make some good summer slaw. I’ve been fussing about the state of tomatoes in the good ol’ USA for a couple years, and we’re growing some ourselves this [Read More…]


One of the realities we — tourists or historians or interpreters — live with when we visit the Holy Land is that every sacred site is now occupied by a church, which for some of can be a place for pilgrimage and for others a spoilation. I’d rather see the primitive site, but that is [Read More…]

Kingdom Holiness and Sin

In the newest Relevant Magazine (type in p. 62), I have a piece on sin. Some of the points I make are that there is a widespread apathy about sin because we’ve embraced a God who is so gracious and loving that God has become avuncular, or a God who will ignore our sins. Another [Read More…]

Are you an evangelical? 1

The Pew Research Center published a major report recently after it interviewed “evangelical leaders” in the world, and the results are nothing less than stunning at times. I want to begin today with what evangelical leaders think is most important about evangelicalism. Remember, this is a survey of both the South and the North, and [Read More…]