Archives for August 2012

School Dress

Many Americans are concerned about what students and teachers wear to school — clothing exacerbates social inequities, expresses power, becomes an opportunity for a lack of moral discretion, and … is becoming annoying. So some schools are doing something about it, including Wichita: What’s going on in your community? The Wichita School District is just [Read More…]

Innocence and the Cup of Wonder

What’s it like to be a person who has never been to church, never been around Christian culture or Christians much, and then begin to experience Churchland? That’s the experience and story of Dan Kimball in his wondrously innocent tale of experiencing the church first hand, made a little more unique because he was (and [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

Male Problem is a Church Problem

Tim Krueger is on staff at CBE. He came to love Scripture and culture while growing up in the Philippines, where his parents served as missionaries. He graduated from Bethel University, and enjoys tropical weather, sports, learning new things, and spending time with his wife, Naomi. *     *     *     [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Chicago’s Bean   Larry Hurtado‘s fine sketch of a hermeneutics of love. A good report about Rowan Williams and his new book on C.S. Lewis: “These are surely questions the head of the established church must ponder. His interventions in live controversies – saying that aspects of Islamic sharia would inevitably become part of British [Read More…]

Rob Bell Quotes

This is from Carson T. Clark, and makes for some fun reading: I know it can be hard to believe that such a perspective exists, but when it comes to Rob Bell I’m neither an ardent supporter nor an impassioned critic. I’m a hardlining moderate as per usual. All of that having been said, here [Read More…]

Theology in the Pub

Rob Kerby, at, sketches some instances of theology occurring in pubs. Theology at the Pub is a popular weekly event in Melbourne, Australia, aimed at “amateur theologians aged between 18 and 40 and any clergy who wish to enjoy a drink or two with anyone younger than the average parishioner.” In Norfolk, Virginia, Holy [Read More…]

Junia’s Friends

The women who are mentioned in the New Testament, not to mention the many, many names of women in the Old Testament whose names are mostly unknown to Christians today, are often scratches on the surface of a deeper story. Patient reading of such texts often yields considerable information, and I have made the case [Read More…]

Immediately after Death, What Happens?

Following a sermon one day a person waited around until everyone had left and he asked me this: “My father was a Christian; he died last week; we buried him Monday. Where is he now?” And pastor after pastor has told me this is a very common — monthly — question they get from the [Read More…]

Summer Reading, Kinds of Reading (Michael Quicke)

The post below is by my esteemed homiletics colleague, Michael Quicke, at Northern Seminary. How do you read? Do you have different reading strategies? Do you find yourself (admittedly) frustrated because you think you just must finish a book because you began it but wonder if it is worth the time? Summer time is especially good [Read More…]