Archives for December 2013

Thanks to Paraclete!

Kris and I admit to being more than a little hopeful that Paraclete will send us their famous and ridiculously tasty cinnamon bread and apple pie jam gift for Christmas, and this one arrived just in time to usher in the New Year! [Read more…]

Florida vs. New York?

Time: New York, once the largest state in the Union, will soon fall to fourth-largest, demographers predict. Florida, with growing population hubs in Jacksonville, Miami-Dade County and Tampa, will likely overtake or come close to the northeast state in the Census Bureau data to be released Monday, the New York Times reports. If not Monday, experts say it [Read More…]

Neither Gods Nor Beasts (RJS)

Faith-based biology is not limited to conservative Christians and other theists. Neither is appreciation of the powers of science limited to atheists and agnostics. Recently I read a short book Neither Gods Nor Beasts by Elof Axel Carlson. Carlson is a geneticist who taught biology for decades at UCLA and at Stony Brook. He calls [Read More…]

The Church’s Biggest Problem?

People. We all know it. So the biggest challenge for church people and ministry is relationships and getting along with others. John Stott’s chapter on relationships in his newly published book, Problems of Christian Leadership, offers golden wisdom on relational challenges of church life. His first principle is respect based on worth. Good relationships are based on [Read More…]

Zach Hoag: Quitting

From The Antioch Session: No, I’m not quitting blogging or Twitter or de-friending a couple hundred people on Facebook (though I’ll likely do a bit of trimming for the new year). Nor am I giving up on certain topics that might be deemed by some to be “progressive” and “Christian.” Rather, I’m quitting a conversation that [Read More…]

The Bigger (than the Virgin Birth) Context (Ed Fudge)

This post is by Ed Fudge. The statistics alone are startling. The New Testament contains twenty-seven documents or “books,” written by nine men. Some Christian doctrines are so significant that they appear in most or all twenty-seven books, so widely known as to be mentioned by all nine authors. The explanation that Mary’s first pregnancy [Read More…]

Scripture and Authority: Four Propositions

What is the Bible? A very common observation is that you answer that question by what you look for. That is, a historian, using the methods of historians, limited to what historians can say and do, will say it is a collection of documents to be read and interpreted as one would read and interpret [Read More…]

Gospel Reading for Today

John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was [Read More…]

First Sunday after Christmas

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more…]

What is Saving TV?

Source: As confirmed by cold, hard consumer data, the television industry is under assault from a variety of entertainment options that have presented themselves with the advent of the internet. But while it’s true many Americans have been convinced to “cut the cord” by the convenience of Netflix and the freedom of choice offered by YouTube, [Read More…]