The Heavenly Stranger’s Hospitality

At the heart of God’s mission in the world is hospitality; at the heart of human existence is receiving hospitality; at the heart of the Christian mission in the world is offering hospitality to the world. This theme of hospitality theme has been wonderfully explored in Joshua Jipp, Saved by Faith and Hospitality. Jipp begins a chapter on Jesus as the heavenly stranger who offers hospitality to humans by comparing J.K.A. Smith’s focus on desire, a thoroughly Augustinian thing to focus… Read more

Is Wisdom Knowledge-by-Experience?

Tremper Longman asks this question because this is how it is often discussed by biblical scholars who distinguish the source of various segments of the Bible’s faith: law, prophecy, narrative and wisdom. He discusses this in chp 7 of his fine book The Fear of the Lord is Wisdom. Here’s his opener: We ask this question at a time when many scholars believe that the source of wisdom is categorically different from that of other aspects of the OT. If one… Read more

Jane’s Story and How The Leaders Failed Her

By Becky Castle Miller Jane was a student at The Master’s College (now The Master’s University, TMU) in 2006 when she was drugged, forced to drink alcohol, and raped. The school’s response was to expel her for breaking their honor code. This brave survivor of sexual assault shared her story publicly on September 18. Jane (the survivor’s pseudonym) has talked with spiritual abuse reporter Julie Anne Smith. Julie Ann wrote about the story and the school’s response to Jane’s allegations… Read more

Grant Us, Lord

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP Read more

Weekly Meanderings, 23 September 2017

Ruth Maclean, on the Lagos mega-church: “Ha-lleluuuu-jah,” booms the distinctive voice of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, also known as the general overseer. The sound comes out through thousands of loudspeakers planted in every corner of Redemption Camp. Market shoppers pause their haggling, and worshippers – some of whom have been sleeping on mats in this giant auditorium for days – stop brushing their teeth to join in the reply. Hallelujah is the theme for this year’s Holy Ghost convention at one of Nigeria’s biggest… Read more

Do You Read TOMS?

By John Frye Santiago: A Christ Figure “‘Ay,’ he said aloud. There is no translation for this word and perhaps it is just a noise as a man might make, involuntarily, feeling the nail go through his hands into the wood” (Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, 107). Patrons of the “One T Saloon” (aka, Scot with one “t” McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog) know that I write almost annually about Hemingway’s TOMS. I hear that Scot reads The… Read more

The Many I’s in iGens

In her new, and surely blockbuster book, Jean Twenge has turned her own eyes on those born in 1995 (through 2012) because her own research shows that something dramatic happened with the arrival of the internet and iPhone to create a new generation: iGens. Her book: iGens. Twenge is well-known for her study GenerationMe, which she described to the chagrin of many in Generation Me, but her acid descriptions were often as ironic as they were accurate: she was one of… Read more

When It Comes To Parables, This One

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Is de Novo Adam a Non-Negotiable? (RJS)

I am at a conference in DC all week – deep into science and thus little time for writing. Instead I would like to point to two recent thought-provoking posts at BioLogos. The first is a response to a recent video posted by The Gospel Coalition: Keller, Moore, and Duncan on the Non-Negotiable Beliefs About Creation. Deb Haarsma provides a response (Essentials of Creation: A Response to The Gospel Coalition). The video makes many good points, and these should be… Read more

Roots of Western Sexism?

Sarah Lindsay, author of this article at Arise, is an assistant professor of English at Milligan College in eastern Tennessee. She is a graduate of Wheaton College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she balances teaching medieval literature with raising three energetic daughters who inspire her to advocate for gender equality. Recently on Arise, Jeff Miller wrote about the long history of women in the church, dispelling the idea that egalitarians are merely adopting current cultural ideas about women…. Read more

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