Archives for September 2012

What’s With the Junk? (DNA that is) (RJS)

The topic of Junk DNA has come up a number of times in posts on this site over the last year or so. In particular one commenter has referred on several occasions to the supposed debunking of junk DNA as a serious blow to the theory of evolution. This is a fairly common misunderstanding. But [Read More…]

The Four Elements of Missional Theology

If you had to pick the top three, four, or five ideas in “missional theology” which would you choose? I know some would choose justice, and others — those who think “missional” means “evangelism” — salvation or justification, while yet others would choose church-state relations or even participation in society. Do you think anything central [Read More…]

Sleep in Shifts?

From David K. Randall, discussing the sometimes heard that sleeping in shifts might be best: Any stories? Kris and I both wake up every night, sometimes for just a few minutes but often for 30 minutes or more. How about you? Typically, mention of our ever increasing sleeplessness is followed by calls for earlier bedtimes and a [Read More…]

On Preaching Politics

From Cristina Corbin: Have you been hearing about this? Will you be defying the IRS? More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit. The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to [Read More…]

A Resurrection Apologetic

Apologetics has been through some rough waters in the last twenty or so years. Some have found apologetics to be arrogant or so rational it leaves the seeker cold. Yet others, and many read folks like Bill Craig, Lee Strobel, and Paul Copan, are excited to the point of obsession with apologetics. In their book, [Read More…]

Tax Returns

I’m sitting here musing on what would happen to church giving — and charities in general — if everyone had to make their tax returns public? Here’s a few paragraphs from the CNN Money news story: “It’s between you and God,” you might say. I don’t blame you for saying that. Romney’s and Obama’s are [Read More…]

What Churches are Influential in University Communities? (RJS)

Scot linked yesterday to the Missio Alliance website – where the page starts with an observation: “North America has become a mission field. In large parts of our culture, Christianity now exists at the margins and is met with a sense of antagonism amidst the growth of religious pluralism.” Nowhere is this more true than [Read More…]

Seattle or Green Bay?

OK, I’ve watched the replay a number of times but I can’t see that the evidence is so abundantly clear that the Packer defender (Jennings) was the one who caught that ball. I’ve got no dog in this fight; the Bears aren’t going to beat the Packers in the Black and Blue division; I’m not [Read More…]

The English are Civil when it comes to Squatters Rights

From WaPo: Squatting, or the unilateral occupation of at least temporarily vacant property, has been a rite of passage for Britain’s young, down at heel and artistically inclined since at least the psychedelic 1960s. But with evidence that squatter numbers are surging — intruder eviction cases have doubled over the past year in posh London [Read More…]

A Second Century View of Adam (RJS)

The church has been around for something like 2000 years. Christians have been wrestling with the scriptures, with the nature of God, trying to understand both Christ and Church for two millenia – well over 20 times the length of time any of us will have to wrestle with the issues. We stand on the [Read More…]