Senseless, Reactionary Violence

Rick Jervis: Fires at several predominantly black churches in Southern states the past two weeks — at least three of them attributed to arson — raise concerns about potential fallout from the recent South Carolina church shooting. The fires have all taken place in the weeks since the attack June 17. A 21-year-old man with [Read More...]

Your Choice Is?

Source: In a speech last year in Kansas City, President Barack Obama said he received a letter from a nine-year-old girl that included a list of possible women to put on America’s paper bills and coins, “which I thought was a pretty good idea.” This March, Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone started a [Read More...]

Standing in the Rain (by Kelly Edmiston)

I sit on a bench this warm summer day, watching as the sun glistens on the lake making crystals dance in a glorious ballet. The sparkle is so bright that I have to shield my eyes from its splendor. I hear the wind whistle through the trees, rustling the branches just enough to spill leaves [Read More...]

Evolutionary Inborn Evil? (RJS)

Does the absence of a Fall make God responsible for human and natural evil? Does the presence of a Fall remove the criticism that God is the author of evil? Mark Harris’s book The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science explores these questions in a chapter entitled “Suffering and Evil.”  He has argued [Read More...]

Race, Guns and the Church (by Jeff Cook)

Race, Guns and the Church I’m not interested in sliding back into a comfortable silence after a funeral. Reflecting on the events 2 weeks ago in Charleston, I have become convinced that both the systemic oppression of people of color and the increasingly common mass-shootings in the US are problems into which the Church, and [Read More...]

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: A Prayer

Almighty God, You have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and [Read More...]

Yes, Mark Woods in the UK Understands the USA’s Marriage Challenge

Mark Woods: The immediate consequence of this ruling, then, is an invitation to do some theology. One of the painful things for observers of the evangelical scene on both sides of the Atlantic has been the reluctance of ‘pro-marriage’ (= anti-gay marriage) campaigners to distinguish their idea of the Church from their idea of the [Read More...]

The Glittering Vice of Lust (by John Frye)

I remember years ago seeing a cartoon in a magazine. A preschool boy and girl are walking home  from school and the little boy is asking the girl, “Are you the opposite sex or am I?”To suggest that our culture is obsessed with sex to an even a greater extent that it is confused about [Read More...]

Mimi on the Road

From Arise, the official newsletter for Christians for Biblical Equality, and I express my gratitude again for the work of Mimi Haddad in her tireless and sensitive efforts to restore the Bible vision of equality: In April, Mimi Haddad, president of CBE traveled to Alexandria, Egypt to participate in the Shaq’eq” Network forum, “Women in [Read More...]

Paul’s Adam (RJS)

The next chapter of John Walton’s recent book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate digs into the question of Paul’s use of Adam, particularly in Romans, but also in 1 Corinthians. Because he is an Old Testament scholar he brought in a New Testament scholar (and one [Read More...]