Baffled by the Criticisms of The Shack?

By pastor, theologian, professor and author, Allan Bevere: The Shack: Theological Precision and Narrative Imagination [SMcK: if you want to read a truly great book about early Christian orthodoxy, it’s by Lewis Ayres: Nicaea and its Legacy.] Anyone who knows me knows that as a Christian I proudly stand in the Nicene-Chalcedonian tradition. Every time I [Read More…]

The Shack: A Review

Burn It or Find God in It? (by John Frye) SMcK: John’s review is not so much a review of Paul Young’s theology, which waffles in more than one place. In fact, a number of solid theologians — including Roger Olson and John Mark Hicks — find redemptive elements, not least in depicting a God who [Read More…]

Time to Consider a DMin

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. Think about joining us… we begin July 10-14, 2017. This will be our second iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Northern Seminary. Here’s our announcement: [Read More…]

With Mark Elfstrand

The Hum of Angels [Read more…]

Help for Walking through the Pain of People Leaving Your Church

Pastors often suffer when folks leave their church. Departures sometimes fracture friendships and the churches. This pastor reflects on church departures. [Read more…]

Dangerous Gospel: “Hating” Your Family (Jonathan Storment)

Dangerous Gospel: Hating Your Family, by Jonathan Storment Of all the disturbing things that Jesus says, the top of the list for most Western people has got to be, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be [Read More…]

How Patriarchy Silences Women (Rachel Elizabeth Asproth)

From Arise, by Rachel Elizabeth Asproth: Rachel Elizabeth Asproth graduated from Bethel University with a BA in English literature and reconciliation studies in 2015. She is currently the editor of the CBE Scroll and Arise. Her chief passions are reading, writing, social justice, theatre, and travel. She spends most of her time scouring thrift stores for new books [Read More…]

Russell Moore and Southern Baptist Convention Discontent

This proves too many in the SBC are too aligned with President Trump and the Republicans. Russell Moore is hardly a firebrand for progressive stances. The man is at best a moderate and far more conservative than anything else. Dwight McKissic: The Prestonwood Baptist Church of Plano, TX, (a Dallas suburb) led by Dr. Jack [Read More…]

What is Concordism in Bible-Science Discussion?

From the forthcoming Dictionary of Christianity and Science, edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss. CONCORDISM. Concordism refers to the position that the teaching of the Bible on the natural world, properly interpreted, will agree with the teaching of science (when it properly understands the data), and may in [Read More…]

Touch Not the Lord’s Anointed (Michelle Van Loon)

Touch Not God’s Anointed? By Michelle Van Loon Those who’ve attended a spiritually-abusive church have more than likely heard some version of a warning drawn from the pages of Scripture about not challenging a leader’s authority: “Touch not God’s anointed.” There are a couple of big problems with this kind of talk. First, [Read More…]