Archives for April 2017

Prayer for the Third Sunday after Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Things Women Should Hear (Today)

Somehow, someway, affirm women today, pastor. From the pulpit. Here’s a post from Becky Castle Miller on Things Women Need to be Hearing in Church. Last week, Scot shared a post from Arise about the hashtag conversation around Sarah Bessey’s #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. (Link: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2017/04/21/things-christian-women-hear-women/) The Twitter conversation generated much conversation in the Christian blogosphere and publishing [Read More…]

From Ephesus to Rhodes

Kris and I greet you with a hearty “Kalimera” this Sunday morning from the northern tip of the island of Rhodes where we are staying in Rhodes Town (“Rodos” on the map). Kos is on map too. Rhodes was brief stop of Paul’s on his way to Jerusalem with the collection for the saints. Acts [Read More…]

The Irony of APEST? Focus on the Leaders

By Bob Robinson There is an irony that might be missed by those who have embraced the APEST typology advocated by Alan Hirsch, Mike Breen, and others in the Missional Movement. In our desire to overcome an overbearing leadership structure that was found in putting so much power in the Shepherd-Teacher, we are in danger [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 29 April 2017

Unfortunately, this has become far too often the experience of coaches (and I coached HS basketball for ten years — sophomore level): A Michigan high school basketball coach, who earlier this year was named best coach in his class, has resigned. And he calls parents the No. 1 reason for his departure…. Here are Castor’s [Read More…]

Get Out More

By John Frye Get Out More The problems of the Jewish church of Jerusalem with the various Gentile churches blossoming under Paul’s ministry tell me that the Jewish believers needed to get out more. Travel is a wonderful benefit to seeing the robust power of the gospel at work. Paul, once immeshed in Judaism, was [Read More…]

Like a Language, the OT is Dying

Walter Brueggemann endorsed both Brent Strawn’s new book, The Old Testament is Dying, and Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God. One, the second, is being accused of of dismissing the Old Testament or having some sub-orthodox theory of Scripture while the other one, the first, seeks to raise the significance of the Old Testament as Christian [Read More…]

Treasures and Pearls

This continues our podcast series with Kingdom Roots and Chaz Robbins. This week we have Debbie Moore and Becky Castle Miller in a conversation about two of Jesus’ parables. Enjoy! Best book on parables ever? Stories with Intent [Read more…]

Creation Through Christ (RJS)

BioLogos is starting to release videos of the plenary talks (at least some of them) from the March Christ and Creation conference in Houston. This was a great time with much material worth some serious consideration. The first talk in the conference, and the first to be posted was by N.T. Wright. Wright focused on [Read More…]

Is Christlikeness the Goal?

Gordon T. Smith says No. Where? In his new book, Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal: Why the Church Should Be All Three. [SMcK: Why not also Anabaptist?] The book is a gentle evangelical apology for an ecumenical theology that is also sacramental (he’s more of a symbolist) and Spirit-shaped. Church is given the proper place, which it [Read More…]