Yogi Berra’s Wit Will Abide

Yogi Berra, the always quotable and mystifying, has died. RIP Yogi. Once trying to explain how he maintained his youthful appearance: “Well, I used to look like this when I was young and now I still do.” Once asked about why his Mets team was struggling, he said: “We’re not exactly hitting the ball off [Read More...]

Preaching as Spell-Casting (by Jonathan Storment)

C.S. Lewis opened his tenure in Oxford with a lecture that was really a sermon, or maybe it is more appropriately described as Lewis casting a spell.  Right in the middle of his sermon “The Weight of Glory” after critiquing what 19th century culture had done to our ability for true joy and desire, Lewis [Read More...]

Theology: Has it become too Propositional?

Think about what theology is or how it is taught: we read texts — Bible, Creeds, Augustine, Luther, Barth — and then we arrive at conclusions and we articulate that theology and then what do we do? We seek to get church people to conform to the ideas. I don’t think this is a simplification. [Read More...]

Veggies and their Scarcity

Tracie McMillan: If you are looking for proof that Americans’ vegetable habits lean towards french fries and ketchup, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has it: Nearly 50 percent of vegetables and legumes available in the U.S. in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third as the most available vegetable, according to new data out [Read More...]

RIP Diana Garland

Baptist Standard: WACO—Diana Richmond Garland, founding dean of Baylor University’s school of social work that now bears her name, died September 21. Garland, 65, trained generations of Christian social workers to express their faith through ministry to people Jesus called “the least” among society. She championed the skills and principles of social work within congregations and faith-based [Read More...]

Transformation: How Vital to the NT Gospel?

Martin Luther is famous for arguing — in the presence of observable realities in his churches — that Christians are simultaneously righteous and sinners. John Calvin was not as sanguine about the potential implication of that kind of teaching so he taught a more forceful theory of sanctification but not even Calvin was as expectant [Read More...]

See this snake? (It’s special.)

Elahe Izadi: See this here yellow-bellied watersnake? Can she have it all? Yes. This snake at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center in Missouri has not had contact with a male snake for at least eight years. And, for the second year in a row, she has managed to give birth. Missouri Department of Conservation researchers [Read More...]

Go with your Gift (by Kelly Delp)

By Kelly Delp, reposted from her blog to this blog with her permission. I gotta be honest. I used to not get this rambling about women in ministry. I really didn’t understand what the big deal was. Move along. Do what you’re called to do. Stop rallying. And then I had a realization. I didn’t [Read More...]

Word and Worship

I have had a conversation with a number of Bible professors about the state of the Bible in America’s churches and among America’s Christians. The drive to relate everything to “felt needs” shakes loose the foundations from a Word-shaped spirituality. The difference is noticeable and significant: instead of listening to the Bible because it is [Read More...]

A Prayer for Your Week

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever [Read More...]