Archives for November 2013


Roger Olson, on defining who is an Arminian: I consider anyone a fellow Arminian who is an orthodox Protestant Christian (justification by grace alone through faith alone) who believes in human inability to initiate a saving relationship with God apart from prevenient grace (whatever they might call that), corporate election, prevenient grace (again, whatever they [Read More…]

A Comment on No Comment

It is the silence of the megachurches and pastors that bothers me.  I have just finished writing a commentary on the most famous sermon in history, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, a sermon that calls followers of Jesus to a kind of life that issues into “good works,” and I must speak out. I refer [Read More…]

The Sermon on the Mount as Gospel

In a day when some are erroneously suggesting that the Sermon on the Mount is law, law, and some more law (one scholar said it was Moses mossisimus) there are others of us who think the Sermon on the Mount is gospel. The Sermon on the Mount, I contend, is the gospel. On the basis [Read More…]

The Disappearing Churches in the World

Source: WASHINGTON (RNS) The highest-ranking Muslim in the British government on Friday (Nov. 15) called on Western governments to do more to protect besieged Christian minorities across the world, particularly in the Holy Land where they are now seen as “outsiders.” Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the government’s minister for faith and the first Muslim member of [Read More…]

The Most Popular Books of All Time: An Infographic

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Prayer for the Week

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with [Read More…]

Your Home Ready?

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Alan Streett: Heaven on Earth

David Moore, who blogs at, conducted the following interview. R. Alan Streett is Senior Professor of Biblical Exegesis at Criswell College.  I recall listening to his stimulating radio program during the early 1980s.  For those of us who are older (I am 55), and still ponder doing doctoral work, Alan is a great example [Read More…]

Advent and the Virginal Conception Challenged

Every Spring a book or two appears contesting the resurrection or the atonement, so it is not surprising Advent shows a similar questioning of orthodox Christian faith about Jesus’ birth. Andrew Lincoln published a book questioning the virginal conception, and Larry Hurtado gives the book an appreciative summary and review, including this clip: Andrew Lincoln, [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 16 November 2013

Dear Mr Photographer, move before this happens. Elks aren’t pets. Patrick Mitchel proposes the NT is “gender lite” — I like it! I have a confession. I don’t really ‘get’ Christian single sex get togethers – whether Women’s Conferences (admittedly have only been to these in drag) or Men’s Conferences (been to some, never really [Read More…]