Archives for August 2014

Jesus’ Enemy-Loving Offensive (by Jason Micheli)

Jesus’ Enemy-Loving Offensive (by Jason Micheli) ‘Just what the hell is your problem?! Reverend?!’ Because it was New Jersey, at first I thought she had a problem with my holding the church door open for her. Her sorta, kinda of a question had been loud enough to stop the worshippers ahead of her on the [Read More…]

Lord of all power and might…

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and [Read More…]

How to Respond to Middle East Tensions? (by Michelle Van Loon)

Source: Perhaps because warfare by definition is all about one side versus another, polarized talk in our culture has left me feeling as though I need to duck in order to avoid the next verbal punch. “The nation of Israel has engaged in an overkill response in Gaza.” “The people of Gaza are being oppressed [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 30 August 2014

Occasionally I need to remind readers of this blog that I include topics, angles, points of view that are not my own, without comment, and often with a question — designed to create civil conversation. At times, far less often, I opine but one cannot infer from the presence of a topic what I necessarily [Read More…]

S.J. Creek, RNS and Ferguson’s Churches

From S.J. Creek at Religious News Services (see the full story at the site): Media coverage of Ferguson paints a picture of spontaneous, emotionally charged crowds. But my observations on the ground suggest a different story. Since day one, local churches have been key players in what’s happening on the ground in Ferguson. I recently [Read More…]

Antibiotics, Allergies, and Children

Source: (HT: RJS) A class of bacteria commonly found in the guts of people—and rodents—appears to keep mice safe from food allergies, a study suggests. The same bacteria are among those reduced by antibiotic use in early childhood. The research fits neatly into an emerging paradigm that helps explain a recent alarming increase in food [Read More…]

Being Ted Haggard (by John Frye)

Being Ted Haggard (by John Frye) Much misunderstanding reigns in and damage inflicted by the act of judging others. Scot McKnight helps us land on our feet about this volatile issue as he explores Matthew 7:1-5 in his SGBC: The Sermon on the Mount. An easy error for Bible readers to make is to forget [Read More…]

Modernity’s Challenges to Traditional Theology

Modern theology arises from the challenges, some of them successful of course, to traditional theology. In Roger Olson’s splendid volume, The Journey to Modern Theology, one can find a rapid, clear, and insightful sketch of the challenges to traditional theology (pp. 31-124). I can provide but a sketch of his sketch, but this is just the [Read More…]

Beloit College’s Annual Mindset List (2018 Class)

Time for Beloit’s annual mindset list. Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996. Among those who have never been alive in their lifetime are Tupac Shakur, JonBenet Ramsey, Carl Sagan, and Tiny Tim. On Parents’ Weekend, they may want to watch out in case Madonna shows up [Read More…]

Holy Plans, Holy Bubbles (by Michelle Van Loon)

Source: I’ve known a small handful of people who’ve had lives remarkably free from trial, reversal or loss. One woman I used to know had her entire life mapped out using the blueprint of the American Dream, Conservative Christian Version, from a very young age. Her life has gone pretty much the way she’d planned [Read More…]