Archives for May 2013

Is this Pope a Universalist?

I have to admit, after reading the HuffPo sketch of Pope Francis’ recent homily, I thought for sure HuffPo overcooked it, but after reading the Vatican site, I don’t know any other way to read this: “Instead,” the Pope continued, “the Lord has created us in His image and likeness, and has given us this [Read More…]

Seminaries are for Women, too

A recent article in CT by Sharon Hodde Miller calls attention to the gender gap in evangelical seminaries, where the ratio is not as good as one might think. Here is a clip, and I add the numbers: 1. According to the Association of Theological Schools, during the 2012-2013 school year women accounted for approximately 37 [Read More…]


Michael Lind: Where do you see this in the Christian world? in the pastoral world? “Semantic infiltration” is a term coined by the foreign policy expert Fred Ikle and popularized by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Ikle defined it thus: Semantic infiltration means one undermines one’s own position in negotiations by adopting unknowingly the terms [Read More…]

Daniel Dennett’s Unfollowed Rule of Charity

From Daniel Dennett: Dennett couldn’t be any more accurate but when it comes to persons of faith he rarely achieves this one. Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticising the views of an opponent? If there are obvious contradictions in the opponent’s case, then you should point them out, forcefully. If there [Read More…]

A Question About Evolution – Answers Anyone? (RJS)

Is Christianity like a warm cozy sweater, but one that requires only one dropped stitch to unravel? Paula Kirby has suggested that it is, and that evolution is the stitch that unravels the sweater.  But more of that toward the end of the post. I put up a piece last Thursday looking at a phone [Read More…]

Speaking of Introverts

Every now and then a book comes along and I say, “Wow, that’s a great idea for a book!” Adam McHugh’s book, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture, is that kind of book. We need this book, and every (especially an extroverted) pastor needs to read it. McHugh is a [Read More…]

Texas Has the Most

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Does Music Help Learning?

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Myers Briggs Pushback

From Roman Krznaric: I have some bad news for you: Even the most sophisticated tests have considerable flaws. Take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the world’s most popular psychometric test, which is based on Jung’s theory of personality types. Over two million are administered every year. The MBTI places you in one of 16 personality [Read More…]

Bring Back Paul!

Various groups have a favorite biblical figure in the back pocket. The Anabaptists of today have Jesus and so do the Protestant mainliners, and then there are the more theological Reformed groups who have Paul in their back pocket. No one seems to care much about Hebrews (I call the author “Hebby” at times), every [Read More…]