Spiritual Warfare: Problems

Some people see cosmic forces, even diabolical spiritual beings, at work whenever evil appears; others find such talk primitive and systemically dangerous. Within this either/or spectrum, James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy find four approaches to “spiritual warfare”: (1) the world systems model of Walter Wink, the classical model of David Powlison, the ground-level [Read More...]

Young Adults: Disengaged from the Public Sector?

Did the election of 2008 indicate that emerging adults would turn the corner to become more engaged in the public sector? Christian Smith, with Kari Chistoffersen, Hilary Davidson, and Patricia Snell Herzog, in their book Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood contend that the evidence shows that they are “less involved in various [Read More...]

And the Winner is…

Well, it wasn’t a slam dunk guess but the first to get the “right” answer to the “To Scot from Scot” Christmas present was Mark Stevens, way down in Australia. So, to Mark we will be sending a box of Theologian Trading Cards. Here’s a picture of the Sperry shoes I bought for myself, at [Read More...]

Power of Compliment

From Brett and Kate McKay: “McKay, there are plenty of other guys on the team that have way more natural athletic ability than you. You’re not a naturally athletic guy, but what you lacked in talent, you made up for with hustle and heart.” That conversation impacted the rest of my life. It crystallized something [Read More...]

Promise and Fulfillment? (RJS)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and [Read More...]

Stories within the Bible’s Story

The most difficult dimension of politics is gaining access to what is really going on — and I’m not being a cynic here. Only by a stroke of luck — the right person informing us — or by some hard work — we ask enough people and enough questions — do we find out what [Read More...]

Freedom Bites Back

We Americans value freedom, we value our freedoms, we value freedom — each one of us — to do what we want and to do what we think is right. We don’t want anyone confining us. What we earn is ours. What we do is our responsibility. We err on the side of freedom. Even [Read More...]

Eternal Conscious Punishment and Justice

Some contend that endless punishment for temporal sin is “intuitively and irreconcilably inconsistent with fundamental justice and morality.” Some contend right back that such a theological claim for that reason is arrogance , unsubmissive to God’s Word and rooting theology in our own moral perceptions. OK, I get that… but…. … anyone who claims humans [Read More...]

Sexual Revolution Deconstructed

The “60′s” and “sexual revolution” are synonymous. The 60′s generation nurtured children and taught the public the ways of the sexual revolution. The implications of that nurture and that teaching — that is, a generation of sexually liberated Americans — pervade our culture and it is hardly all good. Christian Smith and his team, in [Read More...]

Guns and Mental Illness

The tragedy of Newtown Connecticut may lead us to ponder not just gun control but also the intersection of gun control and mental illness. Here is a clip from David Berreby: One consequence of mass killings like this week’s horror in Newtown, according to reporting by Kristina Fiore, is this: Involuntary commitments of mentally ill [Read More...]


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