Archives for September 2013

Pastor as Servant

By Aaron Visser, one of our MDiv students at Northern: What is the role the pastor plays in this day and age? For hundreds of years, the role of the clergy focused on interpretation and study.  The Bible was available in Latin and for some in Greek or another language, and a mostly illiterate public could not read [Read More…]

Transformation: God’s Work

In quiet and ordinary ways followers of Jesus are being transformed. Sometimes the transformation is a sudden burst where the changes are dramatic. Most of the time, though, the transformation is that slow process some theologians calls “progressive sanctification.”  What should not be questioned is that God is in the business of transformation. What should [Read More…]

Baptists Talking Unity with Roman Catholics

For a number of years some Baptists and some Catholics discussed points of unity and diversity and came to a wonderful statement, called The Word of God in the Life of the Church: A Report of International Conversations between The Catholic Church and the Baptist World Alliance, 2006-2010. I have clipped the introduction and the [Read More…]

Ann’s Encouraging Words

From Ann Voskamp: There’s a world that wants to force women into smothering plastic molds and whisper that she wants to be a shape and not free. There’s a relentless refrain that wants to cage women into polished skin, into glossy boxes, into cheap ornaments and tell her that she really wants this, they know [Read More…]

Where Are You on This Infographic?

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Prayer for the Week

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

Logos Bible Software, a review

By Mark Stevens: Logos Bible Software: Review for the Jesus Creed. I have been a Logos user for 6 or so years now. Without exaggeration I use it daily and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for Bible study software. In my opinion it is simply the best on the market. Whether [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 28 September 2013

For the psychologists amongst us. A good interview with Karen Swallow Prior by David Moore:  Moore Engaging: What can literature teach that systematic theologies can’t? Prior: Humans are logical, rational creatures. Systematic theologies allow us to seek and find truth through our intellect. Logic and facts constitute one kind of approach to knowledge. But humans [Read More…]

Eugene Peterson, on pastoring

From Jon Merritt’s wonderful interview with Eugene Peterson: JM: With your experience in both the church and the academy, I wonder what advice you would give to young seminary students today. If you were asked by one to describe what is at the heart of the work of pastoring and shepherding, what would you say? [Read More…]

Abilene Christian University

Recently I was invited to Abilene Christian University by Brady Bryce, chaplain at the university and a young scholar of spiritual formation (and Dallas Willard), to lecture at their annual Bible conference. I want to thank Brady (and Anna Perrey, his assistant), and the good folks of the Stone Campbell (or Restoration) Movement for the [Read More…]