Archives for December 2013

Story and History (RJS)

The book of essays by Dorothy Sayers Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World reprinted as The Whimsical Christian contains an essay entitled “A Vote of Thanks to Cyrus.” In this essay Sayers reflects on the way we classify different kinds of literature – in particular the implicit, even unconscious, distinctions we make between the bible, [Read More…]

God Getting Human on Him

From Allan Bevere: The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” –Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion “Jesus is Santa Claus for Adults” –Christopher [Read More…]

Common Core Concerns?

Source: Millions of parents across the country are starting to become concerned, as they see test scores in states on the leading edge of Common Core implementation plummet. Officials have greeted this failure with strange satisfaction, clearlyhaving known that this would be the result of the new system they put in place.  Parents start out puzzled [Read More…]

Did Jesus Have “Real” Brothers and Sisters?

In the recent sketch for a Catholic magazine, Meghan Murphy-Gill lays out some of the discussion and then concludes with this: These three general arguments continue to be defended and disputed by scholars today, whose positions depend mostly on their particular traditions and how they interpret early church theology. The New Testament writers didn’t leave [Read More…]

Why Careful Reading Matters (to Christians)

David Moore, who blogs at, conducted the following interview. Last month, I travelled to Baylor University.  I went there to interview Judge/President Ken Starr (video will be released soon) and Ralph Wood, University Professor of Theology and Literature. I have had the good fortune to interview many well-read people.  Ralph is in a select [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 December 2013

Northern Seminary each year has a staff Christmas party, with a little bit of singing and eating and praying and congratulating … all wrapped up with nothing less than a leg-slappin’ riot of white elephant gifts, and here is none other than our OT prof, Claude Mariottini wearing some get-up he received as a gift. [Read More…]

Ron Burgundy’s Guide to Dress for Success

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Bethlehem Space (John Frye)

Bethlehem Space, by John Frye. When the Magi asked King Herod where the new king of the Jews was to be born, Herod called the Bible scholars of the day together. Herod, too, wanted to know where. The scholars searched the Scriptures and came up with a location associated with the coming Messiah: Bethlehem (Matthew [Read More…]

4 Problems for the Pastor. 2. Staleness

Here is how he frames the problem: “in the midst of all the pressures that are upon us, how can we not only overcome discouragement but maintain spiritual freshness?” So John Stott, in Problems of Christian Leadership (27). Here is Stott birdwatching in Belfast, and it appears that’s Tyler to his left. No specific passage, he [Read More…]

Antibacterial Cleaners Challenged

From AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks. The federal ruling on triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients lends new support to longstanding warnings [Read More…]