Being Ted Haggard (by John Frye)

Being Ted Haggard (by John Frye) Much misunderstanding reigns in and damage inflicted by the act of judging others. Scot McKnight helps us land on our feet about this volatile issue as he explores Matthew 7:1-5 in his SGBC: The Sermon on the Mount. An easy error for Bible readers to make is to forget [Read More...]

Modernity’s Challenges to Traditional Theology

Modern theology arises from the challenges, some of them successful of course, to traditional theology. In Roger Olson’s splendid volume, The Journey to Modern Theology, one can find a rapid, clear, and insightful sketch of the challenges to traditional theology (pp. 31-124). I can provide but a sketch of his sketch, but this is just the [Read More...]

Beloit College’s Annual Mindset List (2018 Class)

Time for Beloit’s annual mindset list. Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996. Among those who have never been alive in their lifetime are Tupac Shakur, JonBenet Ramsey, Carl Sagan, and Tiny Tim. On Parents’ Weekend, they may want to watch out in case Madonna shows up [Read More...]

Holy Plans, Holy Bubbles (by Michelle Van Loon)

Source: I’ve known a small handful of people who’ve had lives remarkably free from trial, reversal or loss. One woman I used to know had her entire life mapped out using the blueprint of the American Dream, Conservative Christian Version, from a very young age. Her life has gone pretty much the way she’d planned [Read More...]

I Love the Bible: Kaf

It might not be our image today, but it was the psalmist’s image: “I am like a wineskin in the smoke” (119:83). Or as the JPS translator has it: “Though I have become like a water-skin dried in smoke.” What does this image evoke, for it is from this point that this section (kaf, or K) [Read More...]

Teenagers and Risk-Taking

From Michelle Icard: Understanding why middle-schoolers are driven toward risk-taking is helpful, but knowing how to keep them safe is even better. While a middle-schooler’s brain can’t tell the difference between a good risk and a bad risk, the good news is that it’s equally satisfied by both. You’ve probably heard that kids who play [Read More...]

Leave a Church You Love? (by Jarrod Robinson)

Why Would You Ever Leave a Church You Love? (by Jarrod Robinson, Southern Hills Church of Christ, Abilene) My family and I just left a church we loved with all our hearts. It has undoubtedly been one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever made. Nearly eight years ago my wife, Lauren, and I joined [Read More...]

Dallas Willard’s Conspiracy Goes Public

How is the Christian to engage society, the so-called “public” sector, or politics? With the awakening of evangelicals to political activism in the Reagan era, which trailed the more progressive activists of the 60s generation, which trailed the political activism of American mainline liberals, Willard’s answer may seem a bit passé, quaint, or even backward. [Read More...]

Questions for the Latest Solution to the Christian Life

David Moore, a friend down in the great State of Texas, after the trendy rocket-like success Prayer of Jabez, wrote out this series of questions to any book having the claim to be the latest solution to how to live the Christian life. What would you add? subtract? modify? Does the book convey (explicitly or implicitly) [Read More...]

Through the Eye of a Needle (Lynn Cohick)

Through the Eye of a Needle Lynn H. Cohick, Wheaton College, IL, author of Women in the World of the First Christians and Philippians (Story of God Bible Commentary), and with G. Burge and G. Green, The New Testament in Antiquity. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich [Read More...]