Deadly Piety (by John Frye)

Deadly Piety: Be Careful! In the review of Scot McKnight’s SGBC: Sermon on the Mount, we now move into Matthew 6 with its opening “thematic (warning) statement” (6:1) and three examples of practices of deadly piety (by the Pharisees)—almsgiving (6:2-4), prayer (6:5-6), and fasting (6:16-18). Jesus offers an aside that breaks the neat symmetry of [Read More...]

Trust is Precious (RJS)

Trust is a powerful word. From the Merriam Webster dictionary definition: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. a) assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b) one in which confidence is placed (Webster’s Unabridged 1983 to the right, click for a larger image.) Trust [Read More...]

Does the Gospel begin with Adam? (by Jackson Wu)

There are a number of reasons people normally start with Adam with presenting the gospel. Adam’s fall, following the creation account, stands at the beginning of the biblical story. Naturally, people simply follow the sequence of events. People want to explain the origin of sin. People use the Adam story to explain the meaning and [Read More...]

Ebola and the Brantly Family Statement

Source: Amber Brantly, the wife of Dr. Kent Brantly, and her immediate family issued the following statement. Dr. Brantly, a member of the Samaritan’s Purse team in Liberia, tested positive for the Ebola virus and is fighting for his life. We appreciate so much all the words of comfort and acts of kindness extended to [Read More...]

Where Do We Get those Sermons? (Jonathan Storment)

On this blog others speak, but I keep the posts oriented toward the church (mostly). Voices matter to me, so on Wednesday we have been treated this year to a series of posts by young pastors in the Churches of Christ. This post is by Jonathan Storment from Abilene Texas, and I love his set [Read More...]

I Love the Bible: Chet

The expression “post-haste” was something I once heard from a teacher and it followed a request to go to some office to get something. “And do it post-haste.” I thought about the meaning of that expression then about as often as I did about any expression — not at all. But, that expression has a [Read More...]

Sudanese Family in an American Church

By my friend Stan Friedman: By Stan Friedman MANCHESTER, NH (July 25, 2014) — The Evangelical Covenant Church will help resettle Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman once sentenced to death by the Sudanese government when she would not renounce her Christian faith. Ibrahim, along with her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children, was secretly [Read More...]

Solomon’s Temple in Brazil

Well, what do you think of this? SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It occupies an entire block in this teeming megacity: a 10,000-seat rendition of Solomon’s Temple. Towering in sharp relief against the graffiti-splattered tenements nearby, it beckons with monumental walls of stone imported from Israel and the flags of the dozens of countries where its owner, the [Read More...]

Time for a Banana!

Every day, about 10am, both Kris and I eat a banana. We knew of their health benefits, but this article takes it over the top. Time for a banana! Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has [Read More...]

I Love the Bible: T

The psalmist acknowledges that the Lord has “done good” or “treated him well” — though I think the psalmist is much less interested in “how” (well) God has treated him and more with “what” (good) God has done to him. Notice: “You have dealt well with your servant” (Ps 119:65). Time for us to ponder [Read More...]