Homosexuality: Affirming vs. Traditional

Zondervan, under the fine guiding work of Preston Sprinkle, has published a book Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church in their popular Counterpoints series. The four authors in this volume, and each responds with gentle civility to the others, are William Loader, Megan K. DeFranza, Wesley Hill, and Stephen R. Holmes. The first [Read More…]

Seminary President: Calvinsts Be Gone!

Bob Allen: A Southern Baptist seminary president said Nov. 29 that Baptists who adopt Calvinistic theology and practice ought to consider joining another denomination. “I know there are a fair number of you who think you are a Calvinist, but understand there is a denomination which represents that view,” Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist [Read More…]

“Thank You for Your Service” at Church

How “Thank You For Your Service” May Fall Short At Church, By Michelle Van Loon and www.MomentsAndDays.org and www.MichelleVanLoon.com Popular speaker and author Jen Hatmaker’s recent interview with Jonathan Merritt affirming same-sex relationships led Lifeway to stop carrying her books. The uproar surrounding both this interview and Lifeway’s decision kicked off a helpful conversation in the blogosphere about, among [Read More…]

Jesus Creed Books of the Year 2016

Jesus Creed Book of the Year Jon M. Levenson, The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016). I have not yet blogged about this brilliant Jewish scholar’s book but I read it recently and it zoomed to the top of the list for this year’s [Read More…]

Second Sunday of Advent

Merciful God, Who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now [Read More…]

Saving the Bible from Ourselves

SAVING THE BIBLE FROM OURSELVES Glenn Paauw is a founding Director at the Institute for Bible Reading. Historian Mark Noll and Old Testament (or as Glenn likes to say First Testament) scholar, Walter Brueggemann, offer praise for Paauw’s book. David George Moore conducted this interview with Paauw. Dave blogs at www.twocities.org and his videos can [Read More…]

Cancer is Funny — No, Really (with Jason Micheli)

Many of you will be familiar with Jason Micheli, whose sermons — slightly irreverent at times, always insightful, full of narrative art and at times colorful language — sometimes appear on this blog. I have spoken in Jason’s church in Virginia a couple times, he’s a friend, and he’s got cancer — and he’s too [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 3 December 2016

Wow, this is some crazy stuff: fake news generated so one can denounce those who like the fake news story! Tell me a little about why you started Disinfomedia? Late 2012, early 2013 I was spending a lot of time researching what is now being referred to as the alt-right. I identified a problem with [Read More…]

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The Weight of Criticisms

Sometimes we get criticized by someone and we deflect it easily; at other times it penetrates and wounds and festers and seems to haunt our nights. The would pesters enough that in odd moments with random people we allude to it or name it explicitly. Is there a way forward, out of it, beyond it, [Read More…]