Archives for April 2012

Weekly Meanderings

Not Chicago Reviews that missed the mark. “Many pioneering artists have endured abuse from critics and naysayers. But once in a blue moon, time brings acceptance and acclaim, making those early detractors look silly to future generations. Check out how the following works—whose ‘classic’ status now seems self-evident—were once butchered by the Simon Cowells of [Read More…]

The Place to Begin

Jim Daly, Russ Moore, and Sam Rodriguez have a jointly authored piece, and I’ve clipped a bit of it below, about how we speak of and to one another. I say this is the place to begin, but does it do justice to the biblical rhetoric where we find Jesus willing to refer to some [Read More…]

What we can do without…

From WaPo: What would you add to the list? [Read more…]


From a pastor friend  … a serious question, and I would like to hear how you would answer this. Scot, My business friends often like to talk about what their organization’s “value proposition” is (  Long story short, their value proposition is what sets their company apart from the competition.  They might differentiate themselves by [Read More…]

Do we worship a male God?

This post is by Mimi Haddad, at CBE: Though Hilary was only eight years old, she was old enough to notice the “masculine feel” of her church. As the congregation ended their prayers with an “Amen,” Hilary blurted out “All men!” A friend seated next to her asked “Why did you say all men?” She [Read More…]

But Shout at Them

I don’t know if my student gave this to me today because I’m always using guttural German words in class or because I’m always preaching… [Read more…]

Five Myths about Female Voters

From WaPo: Have female voters ever been more talked about, pitched to or chased after? BothPresident Obama and Mitt Romney mention the strong women in their lives every chance they get. And each claims that the other candidate is bad for us — with Democrats talking up the Republican “war on women’’ and the GOP countering [Read More…]

Hello Northern Seminary

For at least five years I have had an inner yearning to teach in a seminary, to concentrate on leaders, pastors and preparing folks to work in churches and in God’s mission in this world, and in fact almost left North Park some time back to join a seminary faculty. It seems increasingly that my [Read More…]

God and the Cosmos … Intelligent Design? (RJS)

I was recently sent by the publisher a copy of the new book by Harry Lee Poe and Jimmy H. Davis God and the Cosmos: Divine Activity in Space, Time and History. Harry Lee Poe (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University in Jacksonville Jackson [Read More…]

The Failure of Christianity is a Modern Myth

If you are, say, Voltaire, or a postmodern journalist, then the failure of Christianity is the way to tell the story of the course of history. Of course Christianity gets muddled, but there’s far more in that story about love and creativity and beauty and justice and healing and education and hope. So N.T. Wright, [Read More…]