Free-Range Parenting and a Culture of Fear

Source: What is your policy/practice? Long before the Meitivs of Silver Spring clashed with Montgomery County over their young children’s walk home alone from a park, other parents across the country were at odds with authorities over similar questions: How much supervision do children need, and when are they truly at risk? In Austin, Kari Anne Roy, 38, a children’s [Read More...]

Scribe or Prophet?

Marilynne Robinson’s gift must be the ability to think about the life of a pastor though she is neither a pastor nor the daughter of a pastor. But somehow she gets to the heart of so much of what pastoring is in her deft conversations between Ames and Boughton, especially in Gilead (p. 142 below [image]). This [Read More...]

Time for Seminary? Join us.

What is happening at Northern Seminary these days is so exciting. I am right now reading papers of my students and I am so grateful to see the quality of their papers — excellent command of background sources as students work to show how that background informs both what the Bible says and what that [Read More...]

Knuckle Popper?

Are you a knuckle popper? (I am.) From Sarah Knapton: The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be beneficial to health. For decades researchers have debated what causes the unpleasant sound and argued [Read More...]

Is “No Tears in Heaven” Desirable?

Here’s how he sums up the problem: Let’s face it, the Christian notion that heaven will wipe away all tears is a staggering thought. If heaven is real, no doubt there are many rapists, murderers, and terrorists who will be there along with their victims. Is this idealistic nonsense? Is it a moral absurdity? Or [Read More...]

If I Wrote an Intro to the Bible Text

I have no plans to write an introduction to the Bible textbook, but if I did it would complement lectures, overlapping at times, lead students to read the Bible more and encourage them to see the grandeur of the Bible. The major idea for each chapter would have this approach: Here’s something to know so [Read More...]

Andy Stanley and the Safest Place

Source: Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the “safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction.”… “We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

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. [Read more...]

America’s Greatest Evangelist? Whitefield (with Thomas Kidd)

George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father?! Thomas Kidd is Professor of History at Baylor University.  Kidd is the author or editor of many works in the field of early American history.  His latest book, George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father framed this interview. The interview was conducted by David George Moore.  Dave blogs at www.twocities.org. [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 18 April 2015

Our daughter, Laura, taught Jewel Loyd in 1st grade, and this is one wonderful story about Jewel, Notre Dame basketball star and now headed to the WNBA: Image: Getty Images News flash! Jewel was the #1 pick in the WNBA draft — she goes to Seattle. She will be joined by UConn’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. Days [Read More...]


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