I Love the Bible: A

Psalm 119, captured by some as Torah piety, is a “medley of praise, prayer and wisdom” (R. Allen, Psalms 101-150, Word). This Psalm, noted above by it being an acrostic with eight lines beginning with the same Hebrew letter (vv. 1-8 begin with aleph) as it works it way through 176 verses. So, today I begin with [Read More...]

Taking the First Step

RNS, by Lauren Markoe: (RNS) Muslim tradition calls for breaking the Ramadan fast in the evening with a date and a sip of water, and increasingly these days, the company of Jews. This Ramadan, as Jews and Muslims exchange rocket fire in Israel and Gaza, those attending these meals say they are all the more [Read More...]

Worship Accompaniment vs. Worship Immersion

Dan Wilt: The truth is, over 25 years of worship leading, I think they both are. These two people represent two ends of a spectrum emerging over the last 40+ years of contemporary worship culture. One is Worship Accompaniment Culture, and the other is Worship Immersion Culture. Still other subcultures fall in between these two, [Read More...]

“I need to drive your toilet”: A Pentecost Sermon by Jason Micheli

By Jason Micheli… I Need to Drive Your Toilet I studied five years of Latin in high school and four years of German. I can still decline the word for ‘farmer:’ acricola, agricolae, agricolam. And I can recall enough German to appreciate Indiana Jones on a deeper level. I studied Greek and Hebrew in seminary, [Read More...]

Pizzas for Everyone!

Source: (CNN) – Adam Ritchie, a Domino’s Pizza manager in Cheyenne, Wyoming, said he’d never received a call like the one he got Monday night. “I need to feed my whole plane,” the caller told him. “Lucky me, I hear 160 people. It ended up being like 38 pizzas,” Ritchie told CNN. A Frontier Airlines flight [Read More...]

Dru Johnson Interview: Biblical Knowing

David George Moore conducted the following interview.  Dave blogs at www.twocities.org. Dru Johnson is an assistant professor of biblical studies at The Kings College in New York City.   The following interview revolves around his book, Biblical Knowing: a Scriptural Epistemology of Error. Moore: I know that Biblical Knowing is a rework of your doctoral work.  [Read More...]

Evangelicals and Catholics Together: But are they?

From Sarah Pulliam Bailey: I appreciate this discussion over the years; I especially like Matthew Levering’s observation below; but what disturbs is that what unites these two groups is the shared battles found in politics, not the gospel. There is a gospel grounding for much greater cooperation. The next generation might find a message of [Read More...]

Archbishop, Synod Lay Members, Parliament …

Will there be women bishops in the Church of England?  There is — to use the English word — a row over this one. The confusion is that there to be three church polities bouncing into one another: Constantinian governmental power, episcopal authority embodied in the Archbishop, and congregational voting and representation. Perhaps a bit [Read More...]

GOP Catholics

Sarah Pulliam Bailey has been hitting home runs of late in her coverage for RNS: (RNS) How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a Roman Catholic? Or that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a Southern Baptist, not a Latino Catholic? Or that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio worships at both a Catholic [Read More...]

Go-To Books in the Bible (Josh Graves)

“I know that the Bible is a special kind of book, but I find it as seductive as any other. If I am not careful, I can begin to mistake the words on the page for the realities they describe. I can begin to love the dried ink marks on the page more than I [Read More...]