Archives for February 2013

David Fitch and Tim Keller

My colleague and friend, David Fitch, posts a first in a series review of Tim Keller’s book on the church. Here are the critical paragraphs: Yet two questions emerge for me from Keller’s reading of the gospel and church. 1.) Is this really contextualizing the gospel? Or is it interpreting/translating all of life experience through [Read More…]

Oscar Pistorius

Maybe the most astute comment I’ve read on the sad story about Oscar Pistorius, by Bruce Arthur: So when an ex-girlfriend, Samantha Taylor, told a South African paper last year that “Oscar is certainly not what people think he is” — before her lawyer delivered a letter saying she withdrew everything she said — should [Read More…]

Relationships Have Changed

This old piece from Esquire magazine from 1949 shows how much has changed. This can go in several directions for conversation, but what this illustrates at least is that perceptions of the attractiveness etc change over time. One wonders what will happen to what we think is attractive today… the same… in a generation it [Read More…]

From the Shepherd’s Nook: John Frye

John Frye’s final of three posts on pastoring and passion and poems. Passion or Perfection “Poets are caretakers of language, the shepherds of words, keeping them from harm, exploitation, misuse…. Poets are not primarily trying to tell us, or get us, to do something…they draw us into deeper respect both for words and the reality [Read More…]

A Question for the Apostle Paul

“How should we live?” That’s the question so many today want to ask Paul — and about as many answers as the numbers of those who ask him the question! There are tensions when one asks this question of Paul — he was after a Jew and a Jew would say “Obey the commands.” But [Read More…]

Ben Witherington on Picking the Next Pope

Ben Witherington’s suggestions all boil down to this: Don’t pick a Roman Catholic! 1) Pick someone over 50 but under 65 for a change. We need a younger person with fresh ideas not to mention someone in the peak of physical health. [How many Cardinals are under 65?] 2) If you can find someone who [Read More…]

Gary Wills on Papal Authority

From NYTimes: THERE is a poignant air, almost wistful, to electing a pope in the modern world. In a time of discredited monarchies, can this monarchy survive and be relevant? There is nostalgia for the assurances of the past, quaint in their charm, but trepidation over their survivability. In monarchies, change is supposed to come [Read More…]

Revisiting Hell (RJS)

In the next chapter of The Reason for God Keller addresses a question that has been discussed repeatedly on this blog over the last few years: “How can a loving God send people to hell?” Given the amount of space that has already been devoted to this question, perhaps it would be better to skip the [Read More…]

What is a Fundamentalist anyway?

Another good post from my friend Roger Olson: There is an ethos, or at least environment, about fundamentalism that breaks somewhat from a theological sketch of it (as Roger provides here), and that ethos is what I call “zealotry” (here and here). That is, a desire to be so committed to God that one constructs [Read More…]

Project Night Night

From Lincolnwood News: A cold and snowy winter night didn’t stop more than 100 Todd Hall students and parents from gathering Tuesday evening to assemble comfort packages for homeless children served by Maryville Academy Crisis Nursery in Chicago. “Project Night Night” was Todd Hall’s third annual service learning project, a yearly event taking place each [Read More…]