Archives for February 2012

Women and Social Media

By Melissa Bell: Do you see the same patterns? Social media becoming more and more populated by women? Social use vs. task-driven? Are social media sites destined to always be the online equivalent of a seventh-grade dance? Men on one side, women on the other? The numbers suggest that, instead, women will soon overrun the [Read More…]

Lenten Challenge

Eugene Cho has a potent reminder: We are now in the Lenten season and let me begin by sharing outright that Lent isn’t about you or about what you’re giving up. But we’ll get to that soon. For those that might not be familiar with Lent, it is the 40 day period (not including Sundays) between [Read More…]

The Story is Everything

The Story we tell ourselves, or the Story in which we are living, or the Story in which we want to be living, determines everything. If you tell yourself the Story of Happiness, then everything you do will be determined by whether it makes you happy. If you tell yourself the Story of Naturalism, then [Read More…]

Spiritual Interpretation of the Bible

Jonathan Edwards, says one scholar of Edwards, “devoted most of his waking life to meditating on Scripture… praying fervently for the Spirit’s help interpreting and applying the Bible” (169, from The Theology of Jonathan Edwards, ed. M.J. McClymond, G.R McDermott). I wonder, and perhaps you do, how much the current pastor reads the Bible — [Read More…]

For Non-Oscar-Watchers

Rick Santorum reacts to JF Kennedy’s famous line about the “absolute” separation of church and state. In the speech, Kennedy addressed the concerns of Protestant ministers who doubted whether he would make decisions as president independent of his Catholic faith. “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no [Read More…]

The Case Goes On

From AP: TOM HAYS Published: YesterdayNEW YORK (AP) – Churches won back the right to hold services in the city’s public schools when a federal judge issued an injunction Friday against its no-worship policy. The city said it would immediately appeal, guaranteeing that a case that has gone back and forth for 17 years will [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

First Sunday of Lent Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, [Read More…]

Baseball Quotes

Bob Uecker: “I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for three thousand dollars. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn’t have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up.” Ralph Kiner: “If Casey Stengel were alive today, he’d be spinning in his grave.” Casey Stengel: “Good pitching will always stop good hitting [Read More…]

Saturday Book Review: R. Michael Allen

R. Michael Allen, Theological Commentary: Evangelical Perspectives (T&T Clark, 2011). Review by Wes Vander Lugt A common critique of theological interpretation of Scripture (TIS) is that it does not take the text of Scripture seriously. But then again, the whole point of TIS is to question assumptions regarding what it means to take Scripture seriously. [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Ben Sternke, the cost of non-discipleship: “At our Missional Community gathering this past Sunday someone paraphrased Dallas Willard: “If you think it’s hard being a disciple of Christ, you should try living the other way.” This is exactly what Jesus was saying in these stories: living to make a name for yourself or secure your [Read More…]