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 the significance of Christ in our understanding of creation. Rather than starting with Genesis, we as Christians should start with New Testament passages, not least  John 1:1-5, 14 In … [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 often is not in books on Christian spirituality. Hence, the book is a wonderful new addition to literature about formation but it comes at the topic from … [Read More...]

The Tech-Wise Family: Re-arranging the Furniture

By Jonathan StormentRearranging the Furniture“But what about watching College Football?” -Me voicing my greatest concern about this blogWhere does your television live? Assuming (perhaps incorrectly) that you have only one, where do you keep it? In the Living Room (where ours currently resides). In your bedroom? In your Kitchen? Your Den?  (and while we’re at it, just how big is your house?!!)The default setting in almost every American family I know is that the central room of t … [Read More...]

Before Galileo (RJS)

I picked up another new book this week - to add to my stack. This book Evolution and the Fall contains a collection of essays by a number of authors including Biologist Darrel Falk, philosopher James K.A. Smith, theologian Joel Green and Old Testament scholar J. Richard Middleton. It looks well … [Read More...]

Evaluating the APEST Theory of Church Flourishing (Bob Robinson)

One of the newer theories on the market today hails from some in the missional crowd and is called APEST: apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd/pastor, teacher. Many seem not to know that this was a very big discussion back in the late 60s and early 70s when Ray Stedman put it on the market with … [Read More...]

Benedict Option is Politics

Rod Dreher's proposal is nothing less than a different kind of politics, but it is politics. His book is called: Benedict Option.The first point to make about Dreher's theory is that we have lost the culture war. As recently as the 1960s, with the notable exception of civil rights, moral and … [Read More...]

Alien Portraits of God: Greg Boyd

The forces at work in Greg Boyd's new book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, include passages about God in the Old Testament -- warrior God images -- and how those relate to the revelation of God in Christ of the cross -- the supreme revelation of God's nature -- as well as how to read the Bible … [Read More...]

Prayer of the Week

Almighty and everlasting God,who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation:Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith;through Jesus Christ our Lord,who lives and … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 22 April 2017

Go Cubs, Go! Chicago Cubs fans continue to prove they can't get enough championship gear -- even the most expensive type.Jostens started selling World Series champion jewelry, including rings, on April 12, and in the first full week of sales, it sold two times more title jewelry than it had for … [Read More...]

Free Webinar on Writing

Date: 4/27/17 Time: 10am CSTDescription:Have you ever wanted to improve your writing, but wasn’t sure where to start?Scot McKnight has written or edited almost 60 books.  He knows first hand that writing is no small endeavor, but also the power of the written word.  The good news is that … [Read More...]

Things Christian Women Hear about Women

This post is from Arise, a publication of Christians for Biblical Equality, and in the comment box please write out what you have heard. For a book on this topic, check out Blue Parakeet.By Rachel Elizabeth Asproth On April 19, 2017Last night, Sarah Bessey (we’re fans!) began a … [Read More...]

On Funerals

By John FryeOfficiating funeral services comes with the calling to the pastoral vocation. I was just out of seminary in the summer of 1975 and called to a church in Racine, WI. One of my first duties as associate pastor (a euphemism for student pastor) was to conduct the memorial service for a … [Read More...]

Greg Boyd Back at it!

If you teach college students who tell you what they think, you will hear about this problem. My first semester at North Park many years ago meant teaching Joshua and Judges, to name but two of the locations. It means confronting the God of war in the Old Testament, and students who are honest are … [Read More...]

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The Case of the Missing Bodies of the Archbishops

Now resolved. It is a perfect Easter story – except, unlike Jesus’s empty tomb after the Resurrection, this tomb is crammed with the remains of former Archbishops of Canterbury.Last year, during the refurbishment of the Garden Museum, which is housed in a deconsecrated medieval parish church nex … [Read More...]

Thinking of a DMin Degree: Think the new Northern

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. There is no DMin degree quite like this one and we are learning that pastors want this kind of contextual shaping kind of study of the New Testament.Think about joining … [Read More...]