Last Sunday of Epiphany Prayer

O God, who before the passion of your only ­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 6 February 2016

Grandma and grandpa, mom and dad — read to ‘em: (CNN)When parents read to their children the difference shows in children’s behavior and academic performance. And according to a new study, the difference also shows in their brain activity. Researchers looked at children ages 3 to 5 who underwent brain scans called functional magnetic resonance imaging(fMRI) [Read More...]

Power Posing

Amy Cuddy, by Elsa Vulliamy: People who struggle with a lack of confidence or are naturally shy are often the same people who sit bunched up, make themselves small and occupy as little space as possible. The Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy has a simple piece of advice to make such people feel more confident and assertive. Dr [Read More...]

The Bread Winner

The Bread Winner, by John Frye “He has done everything well” (Mark 7:37). We are currently following Jesus into “unclean” territories. Jesus had radically redefined “unclean” and his definition is so big, it was hard for the church to wrap it arms around (see, for example, Acts 10 with Peter thrust by the Spirit into [Read More...]

A Grace called Mess

Perhaps the most interesting book I’ve read in a long time about the LGBTQ community is Caleb Kaltenbach‘s Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others without Sacrificing Conviction. He opens — and then suspends the conclusion — with a sermon he was about to preach on homosexuality but the whole emerges [Read More...]

Baptism in the Jordan to the Tune of Amazing Grace

By David Roseberry: A surprise baptism at the original site of the Lord’s baptism  (Mark 1) created an international incident yesterday…and a glimpse of the age to come.  Here is what happened. I am leading a tour of 30 adults through the Holy Land. Our bus pulled up to the newly renovated site commemorating the Lord’s baptism [Read More...]

Politics on the Ivy League Mind

Image credit And what does this tell us about our reading, our philosophy, our nation? [Read more...]

Bill Hull: Conversion and Discipleship

Buzz words abound in the church today. Sometimes they are little more than a publicity stunt, sometimes they are just below shallow, and other times they are genuine attempts to get to the heart of God’s mission in this world. Single terms will only take us so far so terms like “missional” or “formation” or [Read More...]

Why Should the Church Now Weep?

By Joe James, who is the associate minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas. Part 1: Lamenting Our Violence Some of you avid Jesus Creed readers may remember my story I shared here a few months back about my almost killing my neighbor. You can read that story here.  I do not bring [Read More...]

Jesus Remembered is also Jesus Interpreted

Though it is at times overcooked it is just as often undercooked — the Jesus who was remembered was interpreted in that very act of remembering. We are looking at James D.G. Dunn’s Neither Jew nor Greek: A Contested Identity,  which builds on Dunn’s earlier volumes: Jesus Remembered and Beginning from Jerusalem. This is the major accomplishment of Dunn’s [Read More...]