Is Mission an Enigma?

Never has the church been more obsessed with the meaning of “mission” and, at the same time, so babbled about accomplishing that mission. There is much hand-wringing and flag-waving and panel-discussing about mission but Michael Stroope, professor of missions at Truett Theological Seminary, wonders if the term “mission” and all its variants have not seen [Read More…]

It’s American for our Politicians to Reference the Bible

Over the years I have been as pleased as annoyed when politicians — from Kennedy (my earliest memory of a president) to Trump (harumph) — quote the Bible or allude to the Bible or make use of the Bible when they are speaking. Daniel Dreisbach, in his new and very well researched book, Reading the Bible [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 11 March 2017

Every week, for more than a decade, I’ve clipped bits and bobs from blogs, social media and news. Here we go again! [Read more…]

Faith as Allegiance

We believe in salvation by faith alone. But what does “faith” mean? Matthew Bates throws down the gauntlet and says the term, bibilcally defined, means “allegiance.” [Read more…]

Kingdom: IH Marshall and S McKnight

A kind reader has recently read my Kingdom Conspiracy, observed that he had seen a view along my line in none other than I.H. Marshall, and sent it to me to read. Here it is — Howard and I both teach that the kingdom is a people, and that people is the church. The Kingdom of [Read More…]

Why Be Anglican: The Collects

The collects of the church reveal the church’s practices and beliefs about prayer; a collect is a set prayer for a set time in the church calendar. In them we see the church’s theology of prayer come to expression. I posted about the collects here and included a reference to a fine book “collecting” the collects: C. [Read More…]

Tiny Gospel: A Sampler

By John Frye In my past spiritual formation and in my current neck of the woods, the gospel was and is reduced to “Jesus died for your sins, simply receive him, and you’ll be forgiven and go to heaven when you die.” All these things are true, but none of them are the gospel as [Read More…]

The “Historical” Adam

From Dennis Venema, Scot McKnight, Adam and the Genome Before I get to clips from the book, I want to suggest that the best place to begin when it comes to the so-called “historical” Adam issue is not with the word “historical” but with the word “literary.” That is, the only Adam Jews knew was the Adam of [Read More…]

The Scandal of the Evangelical Soul

Both conservative evangelicals and progressive evangelicals lost their soul in the last two years. For two years Christians have ramped up their verbal engagement in a presidential election, and it seems to me that European evangelicals have engaged the same. Everywhere we have traveled in the last two years, especially in the last nine months, [Read More…]