Archives for July 2011

An Anabaptist Theology 4

There are three dimensions to what Anabaptists believe: the personal, the communal, and the missional. Thomas Finger, in his big book A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology: Biblical, Historical, Constructive, seeks to show how anabaptism can be of help to theological discussions today. And he’s not afraid of the big topics, like baptism and the Lord’s supper. [Read More…]

America’s Best Sermons

An interview of Larry Witham: OK, preachers, what’s the best sermon you’ve read or heard? [Make it one we can access.] Trevin Wax: What do you consider to be the most important (in terms of influence) sermon in American history and why? Larry Witham: We’d probably want to look at sermons that came early in [Read More…]

Is it All a Trick of the Mind? (RJS)

Michael Shermer, formerly a Professor specializing in the history of science, skeptic, debunker, author of such books as How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God and The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule has a new book out The Believing Brain: From [Read More…]

I Liked Jesus Better Then 5

Jaroslav Pelikan, that great church history scholar who taught for three decades at Yale, once said “Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” Some, of course, think (foolishly) that all tradition is dead and that all things now living are alive. But we can be wiser [Read More…]

John Stott

We are saddened to hear of John Stott’s death, and I am rejoicing in the resurrection. I pass on to you Mel Lawrenz’s comments from a recent post about Stott. (Also see this exceptional piece by Tim Stafford at CT.) Stott demonstrated spiritual leadership not because he built an organization or led an institution. He [Read More…]

Not just for teachers

Anna Blanch: I don’t tell this story for any reason other than to offer a kategoria for why I think Biblical Literacy is a fundamentally important part of being an excellent teacher of Literature, in whatever language, at whatever level, regardless of what your personal religious or spiritual beliefs may be. Some of these reasons include: [Read More…]

Free Book, but first translate this…

… the first person who did not win a previous translation contest and who submits a fair and accurate translation, which does not come from a website but straight from this mosaic and your Greek lexicon,  and also idenfities where the mosaic is found, will be sent a free copy of The King Jesus Gospel: [Read More…]

White House Economics

I’m sure we need someone skilled in economics to explain this, but this is the graph from the White House on the current impasse. Who can explain the gist to us? [Read more…]

What Divides Us (Brett McCracken)

Used with permission. Brett McCracken sketches six beliefs that divide Christians. Do you have others? One of the dominant attributes of Christianity today is that its adherents can’t seem to agree on much; or at least, we fight about things more loudly and publicly than we agree about things. This is sad, but probably inevitable. [Read More…]

Freewill Theism and Universalism

John Sanders is a well-known Christian theologian and philosopher at Hendrix College, and is perhaps known most for his advocacy of open theism. He is a freewill theist, and so his philosophical and theological expertise was brought into the discussion to engage Thomas Talbott’s case for universalism in the book, Universal Salvation?: The Current Debate, [Read More…]