Archives for June 2012

What is “Ministry”?

A professor once asked a group of ministry students to give key words describing pastoral ministry. What were the top words in their list? (Now, before you read on, what word comes to mind for you?) The words were preaching, fellowship, service, worship and diversity. What are you favorite words for ministry? Graham Buxton, who [Read More…]

Creationism, Evolution, Politics

By Dan Merica, CNN (CNN) – Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years, according to a survey released by Gallup on Friday. That number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years, since 1982, when Gallup first asked the question on creationism versus [Read More…]

Snake Handling

By Bob Smietana: Andrew Hamblin’s Facebook page is filled with snippets of his life. Making a late-night run to Taco Bell. Watching SpongeBob on the couch with his kids. Handling rattlesnakes in church. Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., is part of a new generation of serpent-handling Christianswho are revitalizing a [Read More…]

What Year Did Jesus Die?

From Discovery News by Jennifer Viegas: (Author of the research, not the journalist, added this site.) Jesus, as described in the New Testament, was most likely crucified on Friday April 3, 33 A.D. The latest investigation, reported in the journal International Geology Review, focused on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea, located 13 miles from [Read More…]


From Archaeology Daily: Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a 2,700 year old clay seal with the name of Bethlehem, showing that the town existed centuries before it was revered as Jesus’ birthplace. Discovered during the sifting of debris removed from archaeological excavations near the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, the coin-sized clay seal, or [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week: Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you [Read More…]

Saturday Book Review: Anathea Portier-Young

This review is by Drew J. Strait, who reviews Anathea Portier-Young, Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011). In recent years, Biblical scholarship has experienced a proliferation of anti-imperial readings of the Bible. Some would even say that a veritable “anti-imperial Paul coalition” exists among New Testament scholars. This movement [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings… etc

Kris and I have been in Australia for two weeks, so our Weekly Meanderings are still on hold … we’ll have some up next Saturday. But today we have a number of posts, including an exceptional book review later … so I hope the changes today will give us something to think about and chat [Read More…]

Advice for Students Attending a Christian College

This post is by Syler Thomas. Years ago, when I started meeting with my student leaders about how to make a good college choice, I did my best to not let my bias come across, but I don’t know how successful I was. Because I had had such a great experience being tested and shaped [Read More…]

Women in Early Christianity

This post is by Mimi Haddad. Is God Male? Part 4 Over the past three weeks I have been challenging the idea that there is a “masculine feel” to Christianity based upon the nature of God, our language for God, and Scripture’s explanation of male-female relationships. Today we will tackle another factor contributing to the [Read More…]