Archives for February 2012

The Purpose of Prayer is for God to win

This is from a friend, a pastor-thinker in Nashville, Josh Graves: On November 28, 2010, Steven Johnson lined up as a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills. On November 28, the Bills were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and they ultimately lost the game because Johnson dropped a pass late in the game, in the end zone. After [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now [Read More…]

Editor in Search of Articles

Some of you may know I am one of three editors for Currents in Biblical Research. Our senior editor is Alan Hauser at Appalachian State University, and I stand alongside Jonathan Klawans at Boston University. Alan edits the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible articles, Jonathan the Judaism articles, and I do the New Testament articles. Currents in [Read More…]

Saturday (Not a Book) Review: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This post is by Scott Bryant. A few weeks ago, I picked up Scot McKnight’s new e-book entitled Junia is Not Alone. Interestingly enough, the very week that I purchased his book, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly arrived in my mailbox, complete with a cover caption that read: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

On the changes in Black theology: “A couple years ago, when the Century asked some leading theologians to name five “essential theology books of the past 25 years,” J. Kameron Carter’s Race: A Theological Account (Oxford University Press, 2008) was one of the few books mentioned more than once and the only one that was published in [Read More…]

Depression and Work Hours

From Tamara Cohen: Workers who spend long hours at the office are more than twice as likely to develop depression as those who do a standard day, according to a study. British researchers found those who spend more than 11 hours a day – or 55 hours a week – at their desk faced a [Read More…]

Long term, ADD drugs

This article sketches the view that ADHD drugs don’t work  in the longterm. THREE million children in this country take drugs for problems in focusing. Toward the end of last year, many of their parents were deeply alarmed because there was a shortage of drugs like Ritalin and Adderall that they considered absolutely essential to their [Read More…]

Is Christian Hope Speculation?

One word that has come up a few times in the last year’s discussion about life after death, about heaven and hell, and about who goes where, is the word “speculation.” A number of folks have used it, but two notables who have pushed against traditionalists with that word are Rob Bell and Shane Hipps. [Read More…]

John Piper, what he said

The internet is ringing with stuff about pastor John Piper and his recent opening comments about masculine Christianity, and he said these things before an address on J.C. Ryle. Some have summarized his words not so well; others are simply clipping from a report on Christian Post, which was itself a clip of what he [Read More…]

Churches Talking

From Christian Today: The Roman Catholic Church and Oriental Orthodox Churches in the UK have welcomed an “unprecedented” move towards unity this week. They have launched a new book entitled “Joint Statements” outlining areas of theological agreement between the two denominations. The book was developed by the Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum (COORF) and presented by [Read More…]