Archives for January 2014

The Ark Tablet

Source People bring all sorts of unexpected objects to the British Museum to have them identified. In 1985 a cuneiform tablet was brought in by a member of the public already known to me, for he had been in with Babylonian objects before. His name was Douglas Simmonds. Gruff, non-communicative and to me largely unfathomable, [Read More…]

Wait, No Miracles? … Wright On! (RJS)

Last Thursday I put up a post that focused on N.T. (Tom) Wright’s  response to listener questions posed by Justin Brierley on the radio show Unbelievable. The link to the show: NT Wright on Paul, Hell, Satan, Creation, Adam, Eve & more – Unbelievable? – 01 November 2013, or the entire Unbelievable audio feed with [Read More…]

Siding with Jesus on the Cross

Making sense of the cross has been the church’s business since the day Jesus died. It’s way of making sense was to theorize or, to put the matter more delicately, to theologize — even if Zinsser taught me long ago that adding -ize to a word is a shortcut. Indeed, maybe so, but the church [Read More…]

Finding the Middle

I am so happy to see John Stott’s wonderful little book, Balanced Christianity, republished — this time with a lengthy interview with Stott. Here’s what I wrote for the blurb on the book: I read this book standing in a bookstore as a college student. When done I bought it, took it home, read it two [Read More…]

Zotero Question

I’ve opened a new MS Word file for a new paper I’m writing and when I add a footnote I get short titles for Zotero. Why isn’t it giving me a full citation for the first citation? Anyone know? [Read more…]

What is Christian Art?

From Relevant by Zachary Perkins: I was recently having a conversation on Facebook with a friend who was quite frustrated. His frustration stemmed from how Christians seem to stifle certain forms of art or put certain art into categories, calling them either “Christian” or “Secular.” This has been an ongoing conversation among Christians. Prominent Christian [Read More…]

What Do You Get When You Combine These?

What do you get when you combine laser-like prose, masterful wit, an eye for BS matched for a penchant for vulgarity, a Lutheran-like perception of how law works in the Bible, an obsession with the magnitude of grace, an authentic admission of sinfulness, a progressive stance on homosexuality in the church, an informed sense of [Read More…]

Two Challenges for Pastors

By my friend Allan Bevere When I was in seminary, I remember my teacher Stanley Hauerwas saying that the two most important challenges pastors face are loneliness and self-hate– loneliness because pastors and their families do not feel comfortable, nor do they find themselves able, at times, to develop the kinds of friendships with others [Read More…]

7 Years of Pastoring: Reflections by Mark Stevens

Living Faithfully as the People of God, by our friend in Adelaide Australia, Mark Stevens. Seven years ago last week I started my journey as pastor and shepherd of the Happy Valley Church of Christ. I’ve found that we don’t often use these words any more to describe what it is we do. We call [Read More…]

Peyton Manning and Faith

Source Like my dad, I make it a point when I speak to groups to talk about priorities, and when it’s schoolkids, I rank those priorities as: faith, family, and education, then football. For me generally it had always been the big four: faith, family, friends, and football. And I tell all of them that [Read More…]