Archives for November 2012

Tat Man QB

See this? Colin Kaepernick, the astounding young QB for the 49ers, is now being criticized for having so many tats on his arms — and they’re mostly Bible verses! 2:15AM EST November 30. 2012 – MODESTO, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick is the new starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers thanks to a blend of athleticism [Read More…]

Peanut Butter

A friend of mine, now about seventy, has had peanut butter sandwiches for lunch for his entire adult life. Many of us — only rarely do I — have peanut butter on toast for breakfast. Yet, many Europeans give a bit “eeeewwww” when they hear of this good ol’ American custom. How about you? Peanut [Read More…]

From the Shepherd’s Nook: Review of John Ortberg

Again, the Friday Shepherd’s Nook column is by John Frye. I am using John Ortberg’s latest book, Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus (Zondervan: 2012) for our adult Sunday School class. The class is a mixture of adult singles and younger and older couples. A reaction I got from an [Read More…]

NT Wright’s “Worldview-Story” as Biblical Theology

In a spectrum from history to systematic theology, where does someone like NT Wright fit? Is he closer to the history or the systematics end? Edward Klink III and Darian Lockett, in their fine new book, Understanding Biblical Theology, put Wright smack-dab in the middle of the two, but they put D.A. Carson’s history of redemption [Read More…]

Pat Robertson on Creationism

From, a report about Pat Robertson’s response to a questioner: In a submitted question, the viewer wrote that one of her biggest fears was that her children and husband would not go to heaven “because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs.” “You go back in time, you’ve got [Read More…]

What’s Up with the Holy Ghost?

From Chris Hodges, at Charisma Mag: Invisible, unpredictable, powerful… As the years passed, I learned to dismantle my misconceptions and inherited prejudices about the Holy Spirit. One of the main reasons was because my own Christian experience—fueled mostly by my own efforts—ended up being a failure, to say the least. When I finally invited the [Read More…]

A Perfect God?

Yoram Hazony, at NYTimes, a Jerusalem Jewish thinker, weighs in on the idealism of the God of perfection: How do you deal with those passages in the Bible? Does the Bible-as-Story/Narrative relieve any of this problem? Is God perfect? You often hear philosophers describe “theism” as the belief in a perfect being — a being [Read More…]

My Bible – A Jew’s Perspective (RJS)

The first essay in the new book by  Marc Zvi Brettler (Brandeis University), Peter Enns (Eastern University) and Daniel J. Harrington (Boston College), The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically & Religiously, is by Brettler. In this essay he reflects on the development and diversity of Jewish engagement with the Scripture [Read More…]

Embracing Mystery

Theology, better yet, knowing God, is like observing the sun. You look at it and you go blind; instead, you snatch glimpses and you learn to see everything else in light of the light the sun generates. That is, “… there may be certain things that are themselves too great to understand but that nevertheless [Read More…]

Geisha Coffee

Mercy… Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) — Starbucks Corp. has started selling a specialty coffee that costs $7 for a 16-ounce “grande” cup, making it the company’s priciest brew, as customers demand more premium products. The Costa Rica Finca Palmilera coffee costs $40 for a half- pound bag and $6 for a 12-ounce “tall” cup, Lisa Passe, [Read More…]