Archives for February 2012

What About Enuma Elish and Other ANE Myths? (RJS)

Chapter Three of Peter Enns’s new book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins looks at the relationship between the stories of origins contained in the Hebrew Scriptures – our Old Testament – and the stories of origins in the surrounding Ancient Near East (ANE) cultures. Before the [Read More…]

God Between Body Parts

We often begin in the wrong place. Too many begin eucharist discussions with the debates between the Lutherans and the Catholics and the anabaptists, and ask how Christ is present (and they disagree and miss the point). It turns eucharist blurry instead of offering clarity. The place to begin is when God walked between body [Read More…]

A Young Reader

One of our readers sent me this: his daughter has evidently taken a liking to King Jesus Gospel! [Read more…]

GroupThink and Testosterone

From The Wellcome Trust: OK, this seems sound to me, but what are we going to do? Inject testosterone or oxytocin, depending on need? Problem solving in groups can provide benefits over individual decisions as we are able to share our information and expertise. However, there is a tension between cooperation and self-orientated behaviour: although [Read More…]

Women’s View of Women

From Halee Gray Scott: But rivalry among females is not limited to sexuality. Sometimes our negative reactions towards other women are much more subtle. Anytime there is scarcity, there is a potential for derogatory attitudes that undermine the potential achievements of women, and nowhere is the principle of scarcity more at play than in Christian [Read More…]


I was distressed over some stuff Macdonald and Driscoll recently said, and many of you wrote and asked what I thought. I did write one post but then, after showing it to a few friends, thought it wasn’t right. Then John Piper used his opening remarks at his Desiring God Conference to make claims about [Read More…]

Edwards, Some Big Ideas

At the heart of worship, at the heart of Christian living, at the heart of prayer, at the heart of church history — at the heart of all creation — is beauty, and that beauty emerges from a beautiful and glorious God. What we experience of beauty is because God is beauty. So, when McClymond [Read More…]

This Guy Knows Coffee

Wow, Michael Symons has some serious writing here about “flat white” in New Zealand (Wellington). Do they do a good “flat white” in Oz? Adelaide? Sydney? As perfected in Wellington, a flat white is a double shot of espresso, making around 30ml in a 160ml, usually tulip-shaped cup, topped with carefully “textured” or “stretched” milk [Read More…]

Eastwind Nut Butters Company

Dear Eastwind Nut Butters Company, You don’t know me or my wife, but let me tell you that my wife, Kris, is your fan. She’s recently taken a liking for almond butter. She’s the sort of informed person who studies up on things so much she’s right there at your level, and that means she’s [Read More…]

Bonhoeffer’s Birthday

From Fred Sanders, at The Scriptorium Daily, posted yesterday on Bonhoeffer’s birthday. If you were only going to say one thing about theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), you would tell the story that led up to his death in a Nazi prison on April 9, 1945, at age 39. But today is the anniversary of his [Read More…]