Archives for February 2017

The Wailing Wall of Jerusalem

Jerusalem, the west side of the temple: Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Read more…]

Still? Yes, Still

Kathryn Applegate, on Hidden Figures: Fifty-five years ago Katherine Johnson helped put a man in space. Why are we still struggling with this stereotype now? I don’t know. It’s a complicated issue and there are no magic bullets. I do know, however, that—contrary to the screeds of atheists—faith in Christ ought to bring hope and confidence, [Read More…]

What Price Concord? (RJS)

There are two primary fronts in the conflict or apparent conflict between science and Christian faith: (1) Are the scientific claims intrinsically atheistic? and (2) How do we reconcile Scripture with the scientific data? Neither of these are new problems, but they play a significant role in Western society today. In his book Evolution: Scripture [Read More…]

New Christian Zionism: A Review

Review: The New Christian Zionism By Michelle Van Loon For decades, it seemed that there were only two basic options in the Church when it came to discussions of Israel. The first, dispensationalism, objectifies the idea of Israel both now and in the future, and requires elaborate charts and the entire fictional Left Behind [Read More…]


A view from Masada at the top down on a Roman encampment: Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Read more…]

A New DMin Cohort in New Testament in Context

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. Think about joining us… we begin July 10-14, 2017. This will be our second iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Northern Seminary. Here’s our announcement: [Read More…]

Before Leaving Your Church

I was very impressed with the deadly serious honesty in Wade Hodges’ e-book, Before You Go: A Few Sneaky-Good Questions Every Minister Must Answer Before Moving to a New Church, about pastors leaving churches and what they need to think about. So I asked Wade to write something up for this blog about why he [Read More…]

Angels Abounding

The Hum of Angels Try this in a Bible study; you might be surprised how many of us have had angel experiences. Here’s a list of some angel appearances that remind us that God is present with us even when we do not know. I want to put my conviction about the constant presence of [Read More…]

Books for Your Lenten Season

A few have asked me for some suggestions for Lenten reason, Lenten preparation, and Lenten formation. From BCP: I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to [Read More…]

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives [Read More…]