Archives for November 2012

When is Theology Truly “Biblical”

Everyone claims their theology is biblical. Which means “biblical” is used by everyone and so many different approaches use “biblical” that “biblical” diminishes in value. It becomes, sad to say, little more than a claim to authority. What does it take for you to say something is “biblical”? Does biblical theology (as historical description — [Read More…]

Wish Dreams and the Church: Mark Stevens

This post, by Mark Stevens, concerns Bonhoeffer’s famous expression about wish dreams and the church. The most challenging words I have ever read on the subject of community come from a little book by Dietrich Bonheoffer entitled, ‘Life Together’.[1] Alongside Henri Nouwen’s ‘In the Name of Jesus’ it is one of the best books on [Read More…]

Abortion Rates Down

From WaPo: After years of holding steady, new Center for Disease Control data shows that the United States abortion rate has fallen to an all-time low. It dropped 5 percent between 2008 and 2009, the most recent years for which data is available, the largest decline in the past decade. The big question for public health researchers [Read More…]

When I am Ordained, I Shall Wear Purple

From Fulcrum: When I am Ordained, I shall wear Purple by Mia Smith With acknowledgement to Jenny Joseph’s original poem When I am ordained, I shall wear purple with killer heels and bright red lipstick And I shall go round preaching from the Bible …The liberating truth that Jesus calls women and tell those who [Read More…]

Christ the King Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and [Read More…]

Standing with the Ukrainians Today

This Saturday, Nov. 24, the Ukrainians commemorate a sad memorial day–“holodomor” (“harvest of death”), the Stalin-engineered, forced famine of 1932-1933 in which 7 to 10 million Ukrainians died. Stalin had the world press suppress this “holocaust” and not until the middle 1980s did the whole world come to grips with what Stalin did to the Ukrainian farmers. This video contains some graphic scenes, [Read More…]

Some Good News

From Steve Johnson: Are you better off? Is there good evidence for progress? Over the past two decades, what have the U.S. trends been for the following important measures of social health: high school dropout rates, college enrollment, juvenile crime, drunken driving, traffic deaths, infant mortality, life expectancy, per capita gasoline consumption, workplace injuries, air [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Let’s pray this is a Middle East sunset of peace. Blog post of the week by Neil Godfrey: “The best way to understand just how ‘non-religious’ or ‘non-biblical’ are the books of the New Testament — that is, to understand just how much a product of their own wider Greco-Roman literary culture are those books [Read More…]

Shifting Population

Some are rejoicing that the “white Christian strategy” is losing while others in the church are wondering where to focus… but these numbers, if accurate, are worth pondering. Source: The Daily Beast. Click on the image for a full screen shot. [One of the most annoying features of posts like this for me is when [Read More…]

Top Ten Worst States…

… in which to retire: Here are the 10 worst states for retirement, and some of the reasons why each is on the list. With this ranking the No. 1 spot is the worst of the worst. 10. Rhode Island — high property taxes 9. Maryland — high property taxes and other costs 8. [Read More…]