From Cleveland Clinic: Dogs and walking. You might as well say ketchup and mustard. People often believe that people with dogs always walk them. You exercise the canine in the family, and they, in turn, exercise you, right? However, sometimes dog owners don’t quite live up to this standard. We know walking our dog is the right thing to do, and we assume other dog owners are doing it. But maybe it’s storming, or we worked late; we’re especially tired, and we end up… Read more

Jesus asked his audiences many questions, and it is a fact that focus on their answers and then what Jesus said. What if stop with Jesus’ questions and let them interrogate us? What if we ponder and pray over Jesus’ questions? Which is exactly what Matthew Croasmun does in his church-friendly and small-group-friendly book, Let Me Ask You A Question: Conversations With Jesus. Organized into five weekday exercises around the one big questions, Croasmun asks these questions: Week 1: What Do… Read more

What does it mean to claim that the prophetic literature is authoritative, inspired, and inerrant (if you like that word)? Does it mean that the named prophet (say Amos) wrote a book now included in our Bible? Does it mean that the named prophet (say Isaiah) personally proclaimed all of the oracles contained in a given book of our Bible? Do the interpretations of the apostles and evangelists in the New Testament represent the intended meaning of the original human… Read more

 How does the apostle Paul stack up to best practices in modern conflict management? My DMin cohort that just graduated explored this question but it required that we look at modern conflict management theory: See McKnight and Mamula, Conflict Management and the Apostle Paul. From Lauren Visser and Greg Mamula’s introduction chapter … (abbreviated with some slight reformatting for the blog) … I will summarize two of the five approaches of their helpful literature review… now from their chapter. Some of… Read more

What happens to discipleship in apocalyptic theology? One things seems clear to me: virtue ethics is shelved for later. But does apocalyptic discipleship look like? Philip Ziegler, in his new important study on apocalyptic theology, Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology, presents a case for an apocalyptic discipleship. A few opening quotations to get the ball teed up: Discipleship is a category with which theology denotes the dynamic form of Christian life that results from the gift… Read more

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. BCP Read more

Summer’s in full swing, syllabus for a course on Paul’s Pastoral Theology in construction, some editing of manuscripts, some writing and some grandson-baseball games. All in all, a good week. America’s #1 Fast Food restaurant? When it comes to fast-food restaurants, consumers have picked their favorite: Chick-Fil-A. With a score of 87 out of 100, the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s Restaurant Report 2018 named Chick-Fil-A a crowd favorite for the third year in a row, followed by the group of “all other… Read more

You Don’t Have to Look Far to Find Trouble (by Mike Glenn) Rabbis tell a story about the day God pinned everyone’s troubles up on a big board for the whole world to see. God gave everyone in the world permission to go up to the board and pick the troubles they wanted to live with. According to the rabbis, each person went up and picked their own troubles. After seeing what everyone else had to live with, each person… Read more

I recently read through Benedicta Ward’s new book book, Give Love and Receive the Kingdom, a collection of essays and papers. The topic is English spirituality, but it’s early English or Anglo-Saxon spirituality and not modern stuff at all. She focuses on Bede the Venerable and Anselm of Canterbury but there’s plenty more, like St Cuthbert, 12th Century hermits, Julian of Norwich and preachers (Lancelot Andrewes, Jeremy Taylor, Mark Frank) and a little about John Bunyan. If anything, these essays model… Read more

Well, perhaps not so much the end of the flood as the last post on the new book The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman III and John Walton. As Old Testament scholars they have explored the ancient Near Eastern and biblical context of the flood narrative in Genesis 6-9. The book works through this context. Tremper and John are convinced that the flood story has a real event behind it. They are also convinced that the author/compiler… Read more

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