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

How Did She Respond to Wayne Grudem?

From Anxious Bench, by Beth Allison Barr: In a 2006 interview, Wayne Grudem argued that female leaders in the church (especially pastors) are disobeying God’s word and thus open to “the withdrawal of God’s hand of protection and blessing.”  As Grudem explained: “A woman who serves as a pastor, preaching to both men and women, is disobeying the word of God. There are always negative consequences to that.” Female leadership, Grudem argues, leads to an erosion of orthodoxy in churches–including misinterpretation… Read more

How Did He Stay That Long?

Jimmy Adcox, on pastoring 40 years in the same church, has been the preaching minister at the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro Arkansas. Longevity in ministry is the result of a healthy partnership between the minister, the church, and the elder group. As cited in a previous blog, ministers help make longevity possible through building trust – trust that is demonstrated through a healthy measure of character, competence, and chemistry with the church. But members and leadership groups are… Read more

Crime And Punishment: Greg Boyd Style

When it comes to evaluations of Greg Boyd’s massive The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, the central topic of discussion ought to be method: Boyd’s method is theological interpretation of Scripture with a Cruciformity Hermeneutic at the center. A central question, then, is this: How Christocentric, or how Cruciform or Christoform, is your hermeneutic? When it comes to the wrath of God, how does a cruciform hermeneutic conclude? He turns in chapter sixteen to Jesus’ pattern of withdrawal (wrath is withdrawal of divine… Read more

Paul’s Adam (RJS)

The final chapter of the new book Adam and the Genome by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight looks carefully at the the way at Paul uses Adam in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15. As this is really the core issue for many Christians, we will spread the discussion out over two posts. Scot starts the chapter with a brief discussion of the role that Science, particularly evolutionary biology, can play in loss of faith. If a person has tightly… Read more

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