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…]

Our World, A Better Place

In his well-known book, To Change the World, James Davison Hunter argued that the way to change the world is (1) to gather elite people (2) who are close to the power, who (3) are part of large networks and (4) who have abundant resources (5) to press for a cause. John Nugent, in his exceptional [Read More…]

Whitey Herzog Wrote Me a Note

OK, Cards fans listen up! Cubs fans, listen up! A student of mine is a friend of Whitey Herzog, famed coach of the St Louis Cardinals, and he autographed a baseball for me. Which being interpreted, means: To Scot, A Cubs fan is never a front runner. My very best. Whitey Herzog, Hall of Fame [Read More…]

College v. Career Ready

Emmanuel Felton: Vocational tracks may be as old as public schools themselves, but what’s new in Kentucky is an accountability system that puts college and career on the same footing. Schools get a point for getting a student ready for college or a point for getting them career-ready. There’s an extra half bonus point for [Read More…]

Do We Need Creeds?

Some pastors, preachers, professors, and parishioners will announce they have “no creed but the Bible.” One of America’s Reformed church historians, Carl Trueman, has a book challenging both the accuracy of this statement (we all have creeds and confessions he observes) and the wisdom of it — not to mention its seemingly inconsistency with the [Read More…]

Time to Talk Race

Race tension is intractable in the USA, but that does mean there isn’t hope — for there. The place to begin is in the church, and it is in the church that we have the opportunity to embody a multiracial body of Christ and “experiment” with a radical kind of living — not by accommodating [Read More…]

Prayer, especially for Today

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, [Read More…]