Taste of Chicago in South Africa

I’m biased. Mugg and Bean coffee, a South African coffee, got is idea in Chicago. Which explains why I like this coffee so much. My first cup here had a rich crema, an aroma that filled the room, and a lasting taste. A hint of moca and no snap as one gets at you know [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

Sorry to wake you up, dear, but I thought you might like to watch this tornado! (from CNN) [Read more...]

Sermons and Plagiarism

There is a very good piece here from the CT gallery of websites that many of us would do well to read and print out and keep near us. It’s about the value and dangers — plagiarism — of using the sermons of others. I thought I’d re-post (a form of honest and appropriate self-plagiarism!) [Read More...]

Who Will Tell the Story?

Robert Webber, in what I think will be his last book — I thought his previous one was!, applies his classic narrative understanding of Christian theology to two crises before us: the threat of radical Islam and Christian accommodation to culture. I like the title and the easy-to-read approach of this book: [Read more...]

40 Days for Fathers

Paraclete has just released my new book, 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed in the format of a daily email. Beginning on Sunday, June 15th (Father’s Day) and continuing for forty days, you can receive all of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed each day in your inbox. You can sign up yourself and also [Read More...]

When Church History becomes Global

The insight that the Church is not just the movement from the creeds up into Europe and into England and then across to the USA and then, through missions, to Africa and the Far East and South America, is on old one. Getting Church history textbooks to catch up on this insight has not been [Read More...]

Wrath 16

Hebrews uses the term “wrath” twice and both times it is a quotation from Psalm 95:11: [Read more...]

The Greatest American Novel

Every summer, or almost every summer, I read Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea. Whether it is his prose or the subject of the chase or the struggle that blends the human and the natural world, I don’t know, but I read it again and again. Sometimes I think I’ll jot down my [Read More...]

Tools for Students

Roger Omanson’s excellent A Textual Guide to the GNT does something that many of us have known we need. For years those who are curious about the apparatus — the footnotes to the Greek NT — have had only two options: either know it all or use Bruce Metzger’s Textual Guide. There was a problem [Read More...]

Wrath 15

A text that reveals how important “historical” wrath is for the earliest Christians, and this use is characteristic of the OT and Judaism, is found in 1 Thessalonians 1:10: [Read more...]