United — breaker of guitars!

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Friday is for Friends: “T”

This Friday is for Friends post is from our long-time blog friend, “T,” the one who once won a contest on this blog in which we gave away a pair of crocs. T, you still wearing them? By the way, we are always looking for more submissions for our Friday is for Friends slot. I [Read More…]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 8

We are discussing marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. What then about this “submissiveness” that is so emphatic in Piper’s complementarian approach to reading the roles of husbands and wives? Piper begins with 1 Peter 3 and finds four characteristics of biblical women: they [Read More…]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Colossians

Now we turn to commentaries on Colossians in our ongoing series on commentaries. And once again, speak up if you think a commentary deserves mention. I taught Colossians for years, used a commentary I really liked, and so I still turn first to Peter O’Brien, Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 44, Colossians-Philemon. Exegetically rigorous and theologically [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 84

Out of nowhere James says this in James 5:12: Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned. He has virtually quoted Jesus here. Here are the words of Jesus from Matthew 5:33-37: Again, [Read More…]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 7

We are discussing marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. If you know the debates today among (mostly) evangelicals — I don’t know this debate outside that circle, you know there is a debate between complementarians and egalitarians, though I think the word “egalitarian” is [Read More…]

NPCC 2

Kris and I were back in Atlanta last weekend for my second teaching session on the Jesus Creed. But first, awesome worship band led by Todd Fields. The final song — don’t remember the name of the young man who sang it — perfectly captured the message. Thanks again to all the folks at NPCC, [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 83

I mentioned three possible responses to suffering yesterday but there is probably at least one more: turning against one another under stress. So James 5:9-11: Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the [Read More…]

The Big Shift

Laura Sessions Stepp, a well-known journalist at The Washington Post, has a book about the nature of life for women in the hook-up culture, and the book is nothing less than a bold revelation of things you might not want to know. The book is called Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and [Read More…]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 6

We are discussing marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. Piper is a well-known advocate for what most call “complementarianism,” and I don’t know how to define this in a way that satisfies everyone, but let’s say this: as the Son submits to the Father, [Read More…]