Archives for January 2014

Think about it

This sketch by Sarah Pulliam Bailey is so, so true of Northern Seminary, too. Maybe it is time for you to enroll in seminary, too. After spending 16 years in government-related jobs, Alan Felton gave up an income of about $90,000 to return to school in 2010. He quit his job in North Carolina’s department [Read More…]

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and [Read More…]

Becoming Egalitarian in Greek Class

Source You’re in for a treat today as Meredith and her husband Curtis share the interesting story of how he came to hold his egalitarian position. She said:  I picked my seminary, in no small part, because it fully supported women in ministry.  They had decided the issue long ago, and so I expected to experience [Read More…]

Neal Plantinga Interview

David Moore, who blogs at, conducted the following interview. Cornelius Plantinga (aka Neal) is Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.  He recently served as president of Calvin Theological Seminary.  He also taught theology at Calvin for many years. Plantinga is the author of several highly regarded books.  His recent book, [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 25 January 2014

To my knowledge, a student has never Rickroll’d me in a paper or essay, but this physics student pulled it off. A high school student managed to “rickroll” his physics teacher, cleverly inserting the lyrics of Rick Astley’s ’80s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” and lining the words up perfectly. Even more impressive, the [Read More…]

Kingdom Economics

So, how do you respond to information like this from Oxfam? How do kingdom realities influence how we see this? What does this say about or to church life? Given the scale of rising wealth concentrations, opportunity capture and unequal political representation are a serious and worrying trend. For instance: The bottom half of the [Read More…]

If Jesus Were a Hipster, Emerging Post-Evangelical…

John W. Frye This is our final post with the Woman at the Well story when she meets a post-evangelical Jesus. Exhausted from global warming in oppressed Palestine, Jesus chilled at Jacob’s Well in the realm of “the other” called Samaria. Jesus’ cohort left him to buy organic at the nearest fair-trade kiosk. A Samaritan [Read More…]

Your Bible and its Tribe

What depresses me about Bible translation debates today is tribalism. Some have raised the bar of this conversation to such heights that variation is tantamount to heresy. But let’s have a little fun with the tribalism that does exist, that seems almost inevitable, that does sometimes lead to uncharitable divisiveness, but that can lead us to [Read More…]

Fraudulent Background Checks in the Wrong Place

CNN: (CNN) — U.S. prosecutors have filed charges against a security company, accusing it of faking completed background checks to bilk the government of millions of dollars. U.S. Investigations Services used a computer program to “flush” or “dump” background checks — labeling them as completed, when in fact they had not carried out a quality review [Read More…]

More Manly Action, Less Manly in Fact

Source: A few years ago, a team of researchers led by a professor from UC Berkeley set out to test what they called the masculine overcompensation thesis, the theory that when men sense threats to their manhood, they respond by exaggerating their gender traits. The researchers used several approaches, from laboratory experiments to large-scale cross-sectional surveys, [Read More…]