Archives for March 2012

What Do We Have to Offer? (RJS)

I had the opportunity last week to attend the BioLogos Theology of Celebration Workshop. This workshop focused on learning from and equipping pastors who are wrestling with matters of science and faith in their congregations. On the final morning one pastor noted that he saw two powerful narratives at work today. There is a narrative [Read More…]

A Protestant affirms “Second Chance” Purgatory

Roman Catholics have nearly always affirmed purgatory, though only rarely does a Catholic theologian (Rahner, perhaps Pope Benedict XVI) affirm purgatory as a second chance. (Second chance meaning an opportunity to respond to God in a saving manner after death.) A few Protestants have affirmed second chance purgatory. Jerry Walls, in his book Purgatory: The [Read More…]

Jonathan Merritt’s 3d Way

From USA Today by Tom Krattenmaker: But not far below the surface, change is afoot in the ranks of a once-reliable GOP voting bloc and around that term, “evangelical.” As has been widely reported, more evangelicals are breaking formation and tackling social problems such as poverty and human trafficking that weren’t on the evangelical political [Read More…]

Tax Code, Tax Reform

By Fareed Zakaria, at Does anyone like our tax code? Who opposes tax reform? What say you? We’re going to hear a lot of polarized rhetoric over the next few months. The Republicans and Democrats will seem to disagree about everything. But there is one huge and important area where there is a possibility [Read More…]

Protestant Critique of Catholic

It’s been going on for almost 400 years now. Luther unleashed an understanding of the gospel and of justification in a way that criticized the Catholic understanding. It could be said, however, that Luther pushed Augustine against Aquinas, but that would not be entirely accurate. Regardless, Alan J. Spence, in his new book (Justification: A [Read More…]

Business People 7 (Michael Kruse)

I’m so grateful for this excellent series by Michael Kruse. Hope you all appreciate his fair-minded summaries. I believe one of the biggest issues in what Christians say and hope about politics and economics rests upon flimsy understandings of how economies work. Michael Kruse has been a teacher for many of us. How do we [Read More…]

Living Alone, Living Depressed

From CNN: ( — It’s long been known that elderly people are more prone to depression and other mental-health problems if they live on their own. New research suggests the same pattern may also be found in younger, working-age adults. In a study of nearly 3,500 men and women ages 30 to 65, researchers in [Read More…]

Mimi Chakarova, on sex trafficking

From CNN: And after all, this human trafficking phenomenon isn’t a new criminal trend. It’s existed since the beginning of documented time. But what is astonishing to me is how recently we agreed to agree that sex slavery should be punished by law. Think about it. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime defined the [Read More…]

Is Science Ever-Changing and Thus Untrustworthy? (RJS)

Karl Giberson’s new book, The Wonder of the Universe: Hints of God in Our Fine-Tuned World, is divided into two parts. Part One describes the wonder of our universe, the process of discovery that led to our modern understanding of the universe, and the fine-tuning of the cosmological constants that make life on our planet [Read More…]

You and Your Church’s “Statement of Faith”

This from a friend … If you attend a typical independent evangelical church, even one that is more pragmatic than doctrinaire, the church probably has a written “Statement of Faith,” which members are supposed to uphold.  As someone who participates in a community like Jesus Creed, you’ve probably thought through some of the issues reflected [Read More…]