Books on Ethics: Top 5

I was recently asked what my top five books on Christian ethics would be … well, without parameters I thought I’d give five that span the spectrum. A good anabaptist approach, written for an upper level college student, graduate student or seminary student, is Stanley Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics . [Read More…]

Church Politics 2

This is my response to our friend whose letter we posted Monday. Instead of making it a direct letter to him, I’m responding to the folks who are upset about what he has done … Dear Alarmed Evangelicals, First, your pastor is not alone today; an increasing number of evangelical Christians moved into the Democratic [Read More…]

Cross-cultural Ministry

If you are working at crossing ethnic lines, or if you are frustrated with stereotypes, Eric Bryant’s new book, Peppermint-Filled Piñatas: Breaking Through Tolerance and Embracing Love, is a book I highly recommend. And especially if you work with youth — this book is even better. Bryant ministers at Mosaic in East LA (with Erwin [Read More…]

Gospel 35

We are looking at the meaning of “gospel” in 1 Corinthians. What does Paul mean by the word “gospel”? If we want to be faithful to the Story of the Bible it means being faithful to the whole Story of the Bible. Too many today want to be faithful to Jesus’ use of the word [Read More…]

Aksel’s Favorite Team?

Here’s our grandson dressed in a sports jersey. Which team? Do you know? [Read more…]

Translations: How do they do it?

There is no reason here to get involved in all the discussions that linguists and translation theorists get into today. Here are some thoughts we need to consider when we talk about why there are a variety of translations. Again, I recommend: How to Choose A Translation for All Its Worth . [Read more…]

Gospel 34

In our series on the meaning of the word “gospel” we are now looking at how Paul uses this great term in his letters to the Christians in Corinth. Today we look at 1 Corinthians 4:14-17: 14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children. 15 Even though you [Read More…]

Larry Hurtado at North Park

Larry Hurtado, Professor of New Testament at Edinburgh University in Scotland, will give the 8th Annual Kermit Zarley Lectures at North Park University this Wednesday and Thursday. Both lectures are open to the public and will begin at 3:30pm. The lectures are held at Isaacson Chapel at the Seminary. Hurtado’s life work has been in [Read More…]

Church Politics 1

Here’s a letter I’m using with permission and Wednesday I’ll give my reflections. Have you seen this? Have you seen it the other way, too, with a person getting in trouble for being too conservative? Scot,   Let me first say that your thoughts and writings has encouraged me as a believer and pastor.  I [Read More…]

Translations: Which one is best?

I got a request from an e-mailer to blog on translations. This is the first one of such posts. There are a number of good translations available, and there are advocates for each one, and they use a variety of reasons for why they are advocates for one over another. I think there is a [Read More…]