Changing the Conversation on the Tech Wise Family

By Jonathan Storment “You never feel completely sad or completely happy. You just feel kinda satisfied with your products. And then you die.” –Louis C.K. It takes seven minutes before a conversation, almost any conversation, gets real. Up until then we are able to talk about sports -“How bout them Cowboys?!!” the weather -“If you [Read More…]

Matthew Bates: When Justification Meets Allegiance

I took a break from Matthew Bates’ exceptional new book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone, because I wanted to follow some other discussions. But I want to post today about his last chapter: Justification and Allegiance Alone. First, Bates anchors justification in union with Christ. For many justification brings us into union with Christ but he shows that [Read More…]

Cause and Effect (RJS)

How should we think about divine action? As Christians we believe in a personal God who acts in relationship with his creatures and to his creation. Christianity is theistic not deistic. But the question of divine action – how God can (or cannot) interact with his creation has become a significant question. We wonder if [Read More…]

Tim Suttle Gets it Right!

By Tim Suttle, reposted with Tim’s permission. Tim is author of the excellent book Shrink. We may be living through a period in history that is every bit as revolutionary as the revolutions of 1848 that swept through Sicily, France, Germany, Italy, and Austria.  In trying to understand this confusing moment in our history I can’t help [Read More…]

What Does “Rejoice in the Lord” Mean?

What is rejoicing supposed to look like in times of trial or loss? [Read more…]

Greg Boyd and the Dark Side of the Bible

After a week break while we were out of country I want to resume blogging about Greg Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God. After sketching the cruciform center of the Bible’s vision and its view of God, Boyd feels the reader is prepared to encounter the “dark side” of the Bible — that is, [Read More…]

Mother’s Day Blessing

Here is our prayer for our mothers — from Kris and me — on Mother’s Day. It comes with a history for me. My mother was choir director at our church, and every Sunday — world without end, Amen — ended with the choir singing this Benediction. I can still sway and bob my head [Read More…]

Fifth Sunday of Easter Collect

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with [Read More…]

Rhodes, a City of Paul

Acts 21:1 tells us the apostle Paul left Ephesus, went to the island of Cos, and then went to Rhodes and on to Patara (on modern Turkey). We don’t know how long Paul was in Rhodes but it doesn’t sound long; we also don’t know where he landed on Rhodes, though Lindos has claimed him [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 13 May 2017

The Spit Test: A little spit may help predict whether a child’s concussion symptoms will subside in days or persist for weeks. A test that measures fragments of genetic material in saliva was nearly 90 percent accurate in identifying children and adolescents whose symptoms persisted for at least a month, a Penn State team told [Read More…]