Archives for August 2012

Are You for Raising Taxes for This?

What do you think? Are you in favor of more taxes to help with Social Security? What’s the best way forward? What is your age? From AP: WASHINGTON (AP) – Most Americans say go ahead and raise taxes if it will save Social Security benefits for future generations. And raise the retirement age, if you [Read More…]

Women vs. Men: Generosity

Why do you think women are more generous? From USA Today: Boomer and older women give 89% more of their total income to charity than their male counterparts when education, income, race, number of children and other factors affecting giving are equal, according to the Women Give 2012 report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

TGC and Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?

Because of the number of folks writing me to respond to this question here goes… TGC, as I understand it, will devote some of its energies this year to the gospel and if Jesus preached it, but a video was put up on their site in which there is a conversation with D.A. Carson, Tim [Read More…]

The Multi-Site Option Grows

From RNS: What do you think of multi-site campuses? I say No — plant a new church there with its local leaders and teachers, what say you?  (RNS) The number of congregations that host worship services at more than one physical location has grown to more than 5,000 in the last decade, according to a [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Greg Carey discusses how liberal biblical scholars get their starts: “Biblical scholarship is an academic discipline, taught and studied at universities, colleges and divinity schools all around the world. So it should be no surprise that biblical scholars run in all shapes, sizes, colors and denominations. What would surprise many people, though, is that a [Read More…]

Graham Spiers Exhibits Civility

From Graham Spiers, and more of this fine specimen of civility can be found at the link. This article is about the passing of legislation in Scotland on same-sex marriage, Cardinal O’Brien’s principled opposition, and the vitriol of those who oppose the man. Spiers: CRITICS of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s position on gay marriage have got [Read More…]

Amy Davidson: For the GOP Opponents of Congressman Akin

Amy Davidson, at The New Yorker, has seven good questions for the GOP leaders who think Akin should resign. Not answering these questions is a sign of wind testing, not principled thinking. I’ve clipped her questions, but you can read the full article at the link: 1. You’ve said that Congressman Akin’s remarks offended you. Can [Read More…]

From the Shepherd’s Nook: What about the 5-fold ministry?

This weekly column by John Frye now has a name: From the Shepherd’s Nook. Scot and Kris McKnight and I collaborated to create a title for these weekly musings. Kris suggested “From the Shepherd’s Nook.” I like it. If you are new to this column, please read the previous posts to get in touch with [Read More…]

My Favorite Lecture Ever

I return to the seminary classroom this Fall at Northern Seminary. Thinking about a return got me to pondering teaching at TEDS decades back, and that led me to my favorite lecture ever. Here goes… [Tracy, if you are reading, this one’s for you!] In the Autumn of 1989, I gave a lecture to my [Read More…]