Weekly Meanderings, 10 December 2016

This fella pastors two churches, one Episcopalian and the other a typical low church evangelical congregation: a man of two worlds and one faith. It’s 8 a.m. Sunday at St. Hilda’s in Catonsville, and the priest in the pulpit wears a white robe and green chasuble to celebrate the Episcopal Mass — a formal liturgy [Read More…]

Advent Thoughts 2

Manger, by John W. Frye   Mary, quick, resourceful in the moment, Spies a manger* and makes a bed For her newborn son. Strange, these startling times Jammed with angels; Babies named John and Jesus arrive On heaven’s cue While wide-eyed mothers laugh out words— “Barren no more!” and “Who? Me? I have never Ever [Read More…]

The Bible’s (Six?) Principles of Economy

To study what the Bible “says” about the economy and about finances is to enter into a field fraught with two major challenges: first, the radical difference between those economies in the Bible times (we are dealing here with possible two millennia, and one must at least ponder whether what is said to a covenant [Read More…]

An Identity Found in Christ (RJS)

The traditional and modern sources of identity – found by looking outward to society, cultural roles, and affirmation or inward, following one’s desires and finding affirmation there, are unsatisfactory … inherently insecure. The traditional model can be suffocating, while the modern model is crushing.  In contrast Tim Keller (Making Sense of God: An Invitation to [Read More…]

Does Women’s Work Really Matter? (Leslie Leyland Fields)

Where do women belong? Are the Mommy Wars really over? Is raising children women’s highest and most important calling? Today, Katelyn Beaty and I are conversing about all of this through her groundbreaking new book, A Woman’s Place : A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home and the World (Howard Books). [Read More…]

Apart from sin, Would Jesus Have Come Anyway? (Jason Micheli)

Would Jesus Still Have Come If…?  – Matthew 1.18-25 Jason Micheli is a United Methodist pastor in Alexandria, Virginia, having earned degrees from the University of Virginia and Princeton Theological Seminary. He writes the Tamed Cynic blog and is the author Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage Serious Chemo. He lives in the Washington, DC, area with his wife [Read More…]

The War on Christmas (Jonathan Storment)

Today I would like to start a short Christmas series that is a bit…unusual. But it is unusual for a reason. I am tired of the annual Christmas outrage to celebrate the Prince of Peace. There are so many Christians in the West that it sometimes makes it hard for us to realize the implications [Read More…]

The Pastor-Author

Increasingly pastors have become authors. Sometimes they have co-authors, sometimes heavy editors, and other times all on their own. Publishers are interested in pastor-authors because some of these pastors start with a huge platform (read: megachurch audience) and many also have huge networks (read: Rick Warren). Most importantly, the pastor-author always has a pulse for [Read More…]

That Friendly Moose Problem

AP: SHELDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn’t want it to get injured, stuck in their barn or damage their fences. Sharyn Abbott and her husband Tim returned to their home recently and found [Read More…]

Christ and Creation!

BioLogos is holding its second ever public conference this spring in Houston Texas, a beautiful place to visit in March. Building on the enthusiastic response to our first-ever public conference in 2015, we are pleased to invite you to our 2017 BioLogos Conference: Christ and Creation. Join us in Houston, TX from March 29-31, 2017, along with [Read More…]