Archives for November 2013

How are libraries changing?

From ALA: How do you use public (or otherwise) libraries? The American Library Association ( motto of “The best reading, for the largest number, at the least cost” was adopted over 120 years ago, and perhaps it has never been more relevant.  Currently the ALA supports the following 4 primary dimensions for strategic library development: [Read More…]

It is a Conundrum Pt. 2 (RJS)

On Tuesday I put up a post It is a Conundrum Pt. 1 that gave my answer to the question “How can you be a Christian?” in part through a survey of “love” passages in the New Testament. The directive to love one another is pervasive throughout the New Testament. My answer to the question [Read More…]

Revised People of God and Supersessionism

At the heart of any theology of the Bible is the people of God, which means Israel and it is a source of astonishment that some write “biblical” theologies and have almost nothing on Israel — other than as background. At the same time, at the core of a Christian reading of the Bible as [Read More…]

Leaning In

Source: What revolution is Sheryl Sandberg talking about with this story ?  The one that notwithstanding the many gender biases that still operate all over the workplace, excuses and justifications won’t get women anywhere. Instead, women should believe in themselves, give it all, “lean in” and  “don’t leave before you leave”.  What Sheryl Sandberg means with leaning [Read More…]

“If our church did not allow her to preach…”

One of the strategies to recognize, encourage and mobilize the gifts God gives to women is for males, in positions that can render decisions or empower women, to speak up, stand up and create opportunities for women to speak. I’m grateful to Mike Goldsworthy, at Parkcrest Christian Church outside LA. From Mike Goldsworthy: Today, I [Read More…]

The God of the Gospel

Mike Bird contends, rightly I would say, that the heart of Christian theology is the gospel, which means when we talk about God we need to see God through the lens of the gospel. He attempts this in Evangelical Theology, and he subtitles this section of this textbook-ish book with “The triune God in being and action.” [Read More…]

Educational Reform: Some Caustic Questions

Robert Shepard, author and curriculum designer, has prepared an essay exam for the corporate reformers who think the know how to redesign American education. He writes: As a member of the Billionaire Boys’ Club, or as one of the paid associate of the BBC, you . . . 1. believe that that extraordinarily complex skills like reading and writing [Read More…]

Emotional Modesty

From Holly Gerth, a conversation starter: A few weeks ago a friend of mine were chatting. Her husband is in a leadership role at a church and she shared how women often confide in him in ways that are personal. That led us to a discussion about how easy it is to share your heart [Read More…]

It is a Conundrum Pt. 1 (RJS)

I’ve mentioned in a number of posts over the 18 months or so that I’ve begun a habit of simply listening to Scripture regularly – usually on my commute – in large chunks straight through. Despite having been raised in the church, for the most part in local churches that read Scripture publicly and emphasized [Read More…]

The Dark Side of God-Belief: Evil

Any good solution to the big problems of life must deal at some point with “why evil?” If the apostle Paul proposed big solutions to life then he had to deal with evil, so N.T. Wright, in Paul and the Faithfulness of God, sketches the various solutions to the problem of evil and then offers how [Read More…]