Pastor-Theologian: A Different Angle (by David Fitch)

A few weeks back my colleague David Fitch had an important post on the pastor-theologian that caught fire. It has been a hot topic in the blogosphere alot lately. Here it is again. Give him your response and he’ll be sure to pipe in.  (@fitchest Reclaiming the Mission) The Pastor-Theologian in a Different Light Ministerial [Read More...]

Women at Evangelical Theological Society

Emily Louise Zimbrick-Rogers was the 2014-15 research intern for Christians for Biblical Equality. In addition to conducting a case study of women in evangelicalism at the Evangelical Theological Society, Emily wrote a high school curriculum entitled God, Sex, and You: Who You Are and Why it Matters. She is an MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary.  [Read More...]

The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

The Speechwriter Many will remember the name of Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina.  Sanford’s adulterous relationship overseas was big news a few years back.  Sanford currently serves as US Congressmen for the first district of South Carolina. What is it like to be a political speechwriter?  What is it like to be [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 November 2015

I’m at AAR-SBL this weekend, and will be giving a presentation on Bonhoeffer’s kind of pacifism. Image Andover Newton seeking a new location to offer at least some of it’s offerings. Wesley Hill’s ETS paper summary, called “Washed and Still Waiting”: A few years after the book came out, the journalist Jeff Chu—who, I’m happy [Read More...]

Why Northern?

Any kind of Christian ministry in North America requires both preparation and experience, so an increasing number of ministers are deeply involved in the experience dimension and finding it nearly impossible to attend seminary full-time. A seminary curriculum focuses on the scope of the minister’s calling, from biblical and theological to practical and homiletical studies, [Read More...]

Hometown Sermons

Painful Homecoming (by John Frye) My first sermon in my hometown church in Zion, IL was graciously received. The people of Zion Bible Church were pleased that one of their own was studying at Moody Bible Institute. The theme of my rookie message was “labels.” The first label assigned to disciples of Jesus in Acts [Read More...]

Don’t Call it War (by Tim Suttle)

This post is by Tim Suttle, author of Shrink, a book I highly recommend. For more about Tim, scroll to the bottom of this post. In this post Tim proposes that what we call these murders in France reveals both what we see and what we will do. This is a thoughtful piece about how Christians [Read More...]

Bankrolled by Students

Jeffrey J. Selingo: What happens when this becomes a choice for student contribution? Yet other universities continue to follow in their footsteps. They all have child-like dreams that they’ll be the one to break through the mediocrity of mid-tier Division I. And their false ambitions are largely bankrolled by one group with little say in [Read More...]

NT Wright, History, and the Historical Jesus

What does it mean to do history when it comes to Jesus? What is the historian doing? We might say there is a spectrum with at one end a radical reconstruction of what Jesus was really like and at the other end a kind of history that amounts to showing that the Gospels and the [Read More...]

Let’s Go Cubs!

Kris Bryant, Joe Maddon and now Jake Arrieta: In a close vote, Cubs‘ ace Jake Arrieta won the National League Cy Young award Wednesday night. Arrieta finished with 169 points and 17 first-place votes, while Dodgers starter Zack Greinke had 147 points and 10 first-place votes. Last year’s MVP and Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, finished third with 101 points, earning three first-place votes. The Cubs [Read More...]