Bethel College Tightens Creation Statement

Someone I know, Jim Stump, a fellow BioLogos participant, a fine teacher and Christian and thinker, has resigned at Bethel College (IN) because of Bethel’s revision of its statement on human origins. From Christian Post by Ruth Gledhill: A prominent evangelical philosophy professor has resigned from the Christian Bethel College in Indiana after it espoused [Read More...]

N.T. Wright Responds: A Special for Jesus Creed Readers

Tom Wright is at the forefront of the Paul debate today, and he stands there with such folks as John Barclay and Bev Gaventa and perhaps even more with Doug Campbell. Wright’s justly praised mammoth 2 volume Paul and the Faithfulness of God, attaching to the front a book coming out this fall and at the [Read More...]

Teaching a Kingdom Narrative in a Church

The majority of us are taught the faith through a set of theological ideas, whether they are the Creed, a Reformation Confession, a church’s statement of faith, or a systematic theology. Well and good, we’ve done this quite well. But teaching the faith through a set of beliefs works against (1) the essential narratival structure [Read More...]

What Makes Pandas Tick?

Not much, evidently. Giant pandas only eat bamboo, a low-nutrient food they can barely digest. So how can these massive creatures exist on such a terrible diet? By being big ol’ sacks of lazy, basically. That’s at least the prism from which I view the latest findings on giant panda metabolism researchers published this week in the journal Science. (Disclosure: I have feelings on giant [Read More...]

Marriage and Heaven (by David Opderbeck)

Marriage, Homosexuality, and Heaven by David Opderbeck I wonder if my personal feelings about the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage case are common among Christians of my age and social location:  ambivalence, uncertainty, discomfort, regret . . . . Some of this is unsurprising, I suppose.  As a lawyer, with a bent towards judicial restraint, [Read More...]

Universalism and Our Subpar World? (by Jeff Cook)

This post continues Jeff Cook’s series on universalism. To repeat something I have said before, I’ve become convinced this year that the traditional view of hell will not last as a dominant theory among scholars for much longer. The arguments for the traditional hell fail so spectacularly and their conclusions are so repugnant that the [Read More...]

Good Cop, Good Cop

Peter Holley: When Roeland Park police officer Mark Engravalle was dispatched to a local Wal-Mart after a woman was caught shoplifting on Monday, he could have treated the incident like any other petty theft. Instead of handcuffing Sarah Robinson and taking her to jail, however, he started a conversation with the mother of six, who [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

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, now [Read More...]

A Question for Marilynne Robinson

Source: INTERVIEWER Do you feel like there’s something you’ve missed out on in life? ROBINSON There’s always something that I feel I’ve missed. I should travel more, for instance. I went to Paris last fall, which was a great departure for me. I flew Air India, which in itself was quite remarkable. I had a [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 11 July 2015

Books not bullets! By Malala Yousafzai The Education For All Global Monitoring Report found it would take $39 billion annually. It seems like a big number, an impossible number. In reality, it represents what world governments spend on their militaries in just eight days. In eight days we spend as much on making war as it would [Read More...]