Lord, We Pray

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Evangelical Leaders Supporting Trump: Say Something

After these vile revelations of Donald Trump’s justification — gloating about it — of his groping of women it is time for every evangelical leader — from James Dobson and Wayne Grudem and Jerry Fallwell, Jr., and Ralph Reed and James Macdonald and on — to declare their disgust for Donald Trump’s character, behaviors, and language. [Read More…]

A Historian’s Historian

The best of historians knows the data and facts, but wears them lightly unless heavy lifting is in order, knows the history of scholarship on the discipline, and can write up his or her results in the kind of prose that sparkles with suspenseful ordering. One such historian is the Reformation historian Diarmaid MacCulloch (see [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 8 October 2016

Syler Thomas, is this THE year or not? And baseball is funny. People don’t want to admit it, but there’s a fair amount of luck in baseball. It truly is a game of inches, and sometimes inches separate success from failure. Which brings us back to this year. Once again, the refrain is thrown about. [Read More…]

Preaching that Saturday Night Special?

By John Frye Having considered the temptations of plagiarism and prayerlessness in the preaching task, let’s explore last minute, hectic-paced sermon preparation. In the law enforcement and gun control world there is a phrase “Saturday night special.” The phrase describes small, compact cheaply made handguns that flood the gun market. While there is no statistical [Read More…]

Evangelicalism’s Impulse to Restore

“Back to the Bible” summarizes one of the central features of American evangelicalism. Another word for this is the desire to restore the church to its New Testament origins; one might say it is a form of retrieval. One more way of saying the same: “no creed but the Bible.” In his excellent new book [Read More…]

Parents and Children and Time

Ashley May: More parents work outside the home now than ever, but they are still spending more time with their children than the generations before them, according to a recent study. Yeah, it seems like Mom and Dad really can do it all. Researchers at the University of California, Irvinefound between 1965 and 2012, all but [Read More…]

NT Wright: Forgiveness Re-Framed

At the heart of God’s work with Israel is the Presence of God, a theme coursing through the whole Old Testament — from Genesis 3:8 to Genesis 12 to the house of God with Jacob to the tabernacle’s and the temple’s ark of the covenant and especially with the temple and on and on. God’s [Read More…]

Why the ESV’s “contrary to” in Gen 3:16 Matters

For the word behind “contrary to” (el) to mean “contrary to” one must prove that “desire” means a negative desire, and for that to occur, one must conclude that God’s judgment against the woman/Eve is that she will become a contrarian to her husband. Matt Lynch has summarized this argument expertly: Typically, the Hebrew preposition ’el [Read More…]

Race and Gender: What Being a Woman Preacher Has to do With Racial (In)Justice

By Mallory Wyckoff (DMin, MTS). She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Tim and daughter Olive. Mallory spent 5 years working with young women who have survived various forms of sexual trauma, and now teaches Bible and theology courses at Lipscomb University. Mallory also serves as a spiritual director in Nashville. Her fundamental convictions [Read More…]