The American Flag in the Church

From Roger Olson: The American flag is an important symbol for me as for many American church goers. I still always get choked up when I hear the American national anthem and see the “stars and stripes” waving in the wind—at a sports event or Independence Day celebration or whatever. My wife and I always [Read More...]

Resisting the Kingdom Trend

The biggest challenge to traditional kingdom theory is coming from NT scholars and tide is changing. The kingdom trend is to think Jesus and the apostles mean one of two things when they use the expression. Either it means the dynamic rule or reign of God or it means social justice and peace. In my book Kingdom Conspiracy I call [Read More...]

So, What is a Gospel?

Thinking about teaching Jesus and the Gospels this Fall at Northern Seminary led me to my favorite lecture ever. Here goes… In the Autumn of 1989, I gave a lecture to my Synoptic Gospels class that got suddenly out of hand. I never intended it to, and because it did get out of hand, I [Read More...]

Three Dangers Straight from Moses (by Phillip Camp)

Deuteronomy 7-10 reveals that the faithfulness of God’s people to their covenant with God—and so their fulfillment of God’s purposes through them—faces constant dangers on several levels. One does not have to dig too deeply to find manifestations of these same dangers within the community of God today. The Danger of Pride. In Deuteronomy 7:6, [Read More...]

Lord of all power and might…

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 29 August 2015

When and when not to use your cell phone, a Pew Study. If etiquette’s a majority consensus on acceptable behavior, and this is what the majority thinks and does, then the rules on using your phone in public have permanently changed (…for better or worse). What’s more, they’re likely to continue changing in the future: [Read More...]

With Jesus, Where the Wild Things Are

By John Frye Wilderness time is a phrase to describe the practice of getting away from the daily routines and recurring relationships in order to connect with God. The concept of wilderness plays a vital role in the Christian formation of a life. Wilderness is life at its basic level with no amenities that comfort, [Read More...]

We Haven’t Heard from Chesterton For Too Long

By Allan Bevere Jesus Is Not a Poster Boy for Your Progressive or Conservative Cause– G.K. Chesterton’s “Mere Christianity” C.S. Lewis was thrust into fame with his work that led to the publication of his book, Mere Christianity. Indeed, when many Christians hear the words “mere Christianity,” Lewis is the first person who comes to mind. [Read More...]

Theology of a Prophet

The Old Testament prophet stood above the crowd, faced the crowd and turned his or her eye of insight and revelation on the people and its leaders. How did their theology work? What were the major themes? Aaron Chambers, in Interpreting the Prophets, sketches two major themes of the prophet: 1. Sinai and the establishment of [Read More...]

Brother Roy and Nietzsche (Jonathan Storment)

This past July, while I was on my study break and away from the church I serve, one of my favorite people in church passed away.  His name is Roy Willis, and I would love to introduce you to him. Brother Roy used to get up around 6:30 on Sunday mornings to walk to church. [Read More...]