A Prayer for Peace on Memorial Day

This is Mother Theresa’s version of the “St Francis” Prayer, and it can guide us as we remember those who have lost their lives in service to their country: Make us worthy Lord to serve others throughout the world, who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their [Read More...]

Civil Religion: The Left and the Right (Allan Bevere)

By Allan Bevere:[SMcK: Civil religion equates what God wants for his people with what God wants for the nation, and then soon equates nation and church/Israel.] In his book, To Change the World, James Hunter persuasively argues that the religious right and the religious left are nothing more than mirror images of each other. The civil [Read More...]

Another Good Reason for 911

Lindsey Bever: An 81-year-old North Carolina Army veteran touched an emergency operator earlier this week when he dialed 911 — not because he was hurt, but because he was hungry. Clarence Blackmon had just returned to his apartment in Fayetteville, N.C., after spending months in a hospital and rehabilitation facility where he has been battling [Read More...]

Pentecost Sunday

Almighty God, On this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, That it may reach to the ends of the earth; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives [Read More...]

Books Like This Deserve Reviews Like This

Stephen Holmes, on the new book that attempts to defend complementarianism on the basis of eternal [add, functional] subordination. The new book is called One God in Three Persons, ed. Bruce Ware and John Starke. I’ve had more than one theologian friend say this stuff is just getting too close to Arianism and others who say [Read More...]

Ed Stetzer at CNN

Ed Stetzer: It’s helpful to statistically clarify Christianity in the United States into three categories—cultural, congregational, and convictional. The first two categories are nominal Christians—they identify, but do not shape their lives around the Christian faith. Cultural Christians are the least connected — they call themselves Christian because of heritage or culture. Congregational Christians have [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 23 May 2015

James Ernest to Eerdmans to succeed Jon Pott: Eerdmans announced today that it has hired James Ernest as Editor in Chief. He will also join the Board of Directors as a Vice President. Ernest brings to Eerdmans more than two decades of experience in acquiring and editing academic books in biblical studies and related fields, [Read More...]

NFL, Extra Points, and Some Changes

What do you think? Source: NFL owners approved the Competition Committee’s proposal on extra points for the 2015 season. The NFL announced the extra point will now be kicked from the 15-yard line with two-point conversions remaining at the 2-yard line. The new rule also gives the defense the ability to score two points on [Read More...]

The American Reformation

Amy Kittelstrom: I’d want to get the term “individualism” or “autonomy” connected to her concept of “moral agency,” but I found this excerpt provocative and thoughtful and worthy of reading her book. Looking at the historical contribution of New England as an American Reformation instead of an American Renaissance shows that a democratic approach to [Read More...]

Affirmative Action, Quotas and Harvard: The Asian-American Complaint

Yamiche Alcindor: The issue I suspect here is that, as was pointed out long ago, racial quotas suppress successful applicants among Asians. On the basis of merit alone, more than the “quota” would be admitted. Right? A coalition of Asian American groups filed a federal complaint against Harvard University Friday alleging the school engaged in “systemic and [Read More...]