Weekly Meanderings, 16 July 2016

Capi Lynn: SALEM, Ore. — A mystery philanthropist has been spreading cheer one $100 bill at a time for more than three years in and around Salem, Ore. He randomly hides the bills to be found at stores, markets, fairs and festivals, surprising and delighting unsuspecting shoppers and patrons. When the first reports surfaced in May [Read More…]

A Cycle of Grace that stops Ungrace

Denmark leads the way: [Officers] Link and Aarslev are crime prevention officers. They usually deal with locals who are drawn to right-wing extremism, or gangs. The landscape of global terrorism was completely new to them. But they decided to take it on. And once they did, they wound up creating an unusual — and unusually [Read More…]

New DMin at Northern Seminary

Northern Seminary is pleased to announce that the Apprentice Institute and faculty of Northern Seminary have partnered to deliver a Doctor of Ministry in Transformative Discipleship. This program is intentionally designed for Christian leaders who desire a deep experience in personal discipleship while simultaneously growing in the capacity to bring transformation to others within their [Read More…]

Top Ten Books #9 (A and B)

By John Frye For my 9th book of ten that have shaped my life, I’d like to bind two books together and consider them as one. The two books are by Scot McKnight. (I’m not including them because Scot is a friend and this is his blog site. I write about them because of the [Read More…]

Second Amendment or Jesus?

By Tim Suttle “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” [Read More…]

Open Carry: Problem or Solution?

Source: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (D) stood next to Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and dropped an extremely uncomfortable reality check: Open Carry, the movement pushed with near-fanatical obsession by Texas Republicans, not only did nothing to help stop the mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, but it actually made the situation far worse. Open Carry had [Read More…]

An Open and Relational God?

How does God engage in a meaningful relationship with humans and not change? And if God changes, are we to think of God in what is now called an “open and relational” theology? In the last post on Thomas Jay Oord’s book  The Uncontrolling Love of God we sketched six or seven models of how [Read More…]

The Body of Christ Needs Bad Teeth

By Jonathan Storment I go to church with a lot of people who have bad teeth. It is one of the reasons I love the church where I get to preach. That may sound odd, but if you don’t go to a church that is filled with cavities or dentures, I think something may be [Read More…]

Christian Identity

Identity enters us from a variety of angles: for some it is some kind of inner self, for others it is one’s vocational passion, for others it is successes — physical, financial, possessions, for others it is one’s social status, for others it is one’s friends, for others it is religious faith, for others one’s [Read More…]

Santorini to the Acropolis

On our tour of Paul’s and John’s Footsteps through Turkey and Greece, we cruised from Kusadasai (near Ephesus) to Patmos, Crete and Santorini before we made a night cruise into the harbor at Athens. Some pictures from these segments of our tour. Somehow you have to get from Turkey to Greece, and it is common [Read More…]