Archives for May 2012

Three Pigs and the Faith

This post is by Syler Thomas. One March afternoon, when I was in the process of figuring out what to write about in my new book Game Plan: Practical Wisdom for the College Experience (co-written by Nic Gibson), I got a call from a former student of mine, a freshman. She was in the middle [Read More…]

Dublin Made Me

This reflection post is by Seán Mullan, a professor at Irish Bible Institute, and makes me wonder — and ask you today — about the connection of place to our formation. How does your location shape you? Dublin Made Me Dublin made me…. the Dublin of old statutes, this arrogant city stirs proudly and secretly [Read More…]

Out of Body Experience

From (by Mario Beauregard) What do you think this sort of experience tells us about immortality? resurrection? theology? Pam was brought into the operating room at 7:15 a.m., she was given general anesthesia, and she quickly lost conscious awareness. At this point, Spetzler and his team of more than 20 physicians, nurses, and technicians [Read More…]

Youth Trips: Helping that Hurts?

We are doing a series on Root and Dean’s new book, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry, and each post is written by our friend, Syler Thomas, a youth pastor of fourteen years. This post concerns the upside and downside of youth ministry trips for service. In chapter 13 of The Theological Turn in Youth [Read More…]

The Righteous Mind

This post is by Ann F-R, and is a series on a new and provocative book that challenges how people think — or think they think. Jonathan Haidt’s book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion explores how human morality develops and affects our daily choices and interactions. For most [Read More…]

Where do we go from here?

This is the 3d part of my presentation to BioLogos this March. Where do we go from here? As a professor I teach my students at least two things about method: face the facts and do not fear the facts. I believe this means we have to face both what the New Testament teaches and what science [Read More…]

Are Atheists Compassionate?

From LiveScience: Atheists and agnostics are more driven by compassion to help others than are highly religious people, a new study finds. That doesn’t mean highly religious peopledon’t give, according to the research to be published in the July 2012 issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. But compassion seems to drive religious people’s [Read More…]

MissioLife: Spiritual Formation

There is a tendency in the church to turn “spiritual formation” into a purely personal and private issue — into something that is between you and God. It is. Spiritual formation is personal but it is never private. This is why I appreciate MissioLife so much: it is about spiritual formation … Personally… Corporately… Locally … [Read More…]

Alone Together

Sherry Turkle has written a very good book, called Alone Together, and this clip from a NYTimes article gives a good feel for where her book takes us in depth: Think of it as “I share, therefore I am.” We use technology to define ourselves by sharing our thoughts and feelings as we’re having them. [Read More…]

Do We Have an Extrovert Ideal? (RJS)

Tuesday morning Scot linked an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education Screening Out Introverts by William Pannapacker. The article is a comment on a new book by Susan Cain Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. From the publisher’s description: Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s [Read More…]