Archives for December 2012


Walter Wink: Miracle is just a word we use for the things the powers have deluded us into thinking that God is unable to do. In J. Beilby, P. Eddy, Understanding Spiritual Warfare, 66. [Read more…]

Intercessory Prayer

From Walter Wink: There is no place for intercession with a God whose will is incapable of change. What Christians have too long worshiped is the God of Stoicism… The fawning etiquette of unctuous prayer is utterly foreign to the Bible. Biblical prayer is impertinent, persistent, shameless, indecorous. It is more like haggling in an [Read More…]

From the Shepherd’s Nook: Weeping with Newtown

This post is by John Frye. I imagine that many if not most evangelical church congregations at least paused a moment last Sunday and prayed for the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. My wife, Julie, and I noted that so many FaceBook messages called us to “weep with those [Read More…]

Confessions of a Former Gun Enthusiast

This post comes from a friend, a pastor, Doug Fondell.  Confessions of a Former Gun Enthusiast.   I grew up loving guns. Guns were always on my top 5 list when it came to Christmas gifts until about the age of 12. It seems Santa had a way of giving them to me whether I [Read More…]

Jonathan Fitzgerald: A Quieter Voice

From Jonathan D. Fitzgerald: The most inflammatory voices are always the loudest; this is a fact of our contemporary media landscape. Threaten to picket at the funeral of innocent children killed in cold blood and you’ll make national headlines. Suggest that these killings were the result of expelling God from the public school system, and [Read More…]

Douthat’s Theory

Ross Douthat: But no matter how tight a connection one draws between a gun culture and a high murder rate, gun ownership is not an intrinsic evil: Most gun owners are law-abiding citizens, most guns are never used to kill, and the tragedies associated with the Second Amendment are exceptions to a liberty that’s mostly [Read More…]

Finally in Print! (and a question about Moses) (RJS)

Last April I posted on a new e-book by Peter Enns and Jared Byas designed to introduce normal people (whatever this means) to the book of Genesis … the most controversial, misunderstood, and abused book of the Bible. I concluded my post with a comment that the book is well worth the price, but I [Read More…]

Christianity and Guns 1

RE-POST: It is time. And it is the season of peace. We join the people of Newtown and Aurora and elsewhere to raise the flag of peace when it comes to guns. The church and its leaders ought to be first in line. I join them. James Atwood admits he has been waiting for 36 [Read More…]

A Voice for These Times

Mr Rogers: 4. On What We Do “What matters isn’t how a person’s inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life. What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of a war or the description of a sunrise–his numbers for the final count at Buchenwald or [Read More…]

Australia and Gun Laws

My own view on gun laws is for tighter regulations on who own guns and ramped up restrictions on what kinds of guns can be owned. But I believe in the church, and by that I mean the church needs to embody a kingdom ethic when it comes to guns. Christians ought to be different. [Read More…]