Occupy Hermeneutics

Mercy, this is why Christian Smith had to write The Bible Made Impossible. By Tony Perkins, Special to CNN (CNN)– One of the last instructions Jesus gave his disciples was “Occupy till I come.” As Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem for the last time, just before his crucifixion, he was keenly aware that his disciples [Read More...]

Jesus and Abe

At least he’s from Illinois! Jesus is the second most popular person in America, just behind Abraham Lincoln, a recent Public Policy Polling survey found. Ninety one percent of Americans view Lincoln favorably, and Jesus weighs in at 90 percent. The national survey was taken to see if anyone in history could beat the level [Read More...]

Galli, Bolsinger and Now Michael Mercer

Galli’s defense of the “chaplain” model of the pastor drew Tod Bolsinger to say “but not today” because “missional” is the new category, and that got Michael Mercer onto the platform with some serious pushback: Yes. Churches need to be more missional. Yes. Pastors need to provide a degree of leadership to help their congregations [Read More...]

Biblical vs. Deistic Economics

I’m not sure I’d push this onto deism; but what David Dunn says in response to Dave Ramsey is worth consideration and conversation. Much of what Dunn says here was said years back by Ron Sider. The issue even for a Christian libertarian, as I see it, is two-fold: (1) all that we have is [Read More...]

Anointed? 7 … What Makes a Leader? (RJS)

The post today will wrap up our discussion of The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age by Randall Stephens and Karl Giberson.  In this book Stephens and Giberson examine several different facets of American evangelicalism to explore the manner in which “America’s populist ideals, anti-intellectualism, and religious free market, along with the concept of [Read More...]

Simply Jesus 7

The question I kept asking as I read Tom Wright’s new book, Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters, was this: OK, so God becomes King in Jesus and God exercises his sovereignty through Jesus, but what does that look like today? where is that to be [Read More...]


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