Prayer to Pray

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ [Read More…]

Discussing a Parable

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St Patrick’s Prayer

The Prayer of St Patrick, usually called St Patrick’s Breastplate, is a prayer for opening the day, and it contains these famous and beautiful lines — though there are various versions of even these lines: Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on [Read More…]

The One-Two Punch

By John Frye Last night was the last session of a nine week class on What is the Gospel? The church where I was pastor for 24 years asked me to teach this class. Since the late 80s and early 90s I have questioned, as a pastor, the wisdom of what Scot McKnight labels “the [Read More…]

The Gospel of Allegiance

It all depends on how the gospel is framed. Is it about how to go to heaven when you die? About being released from guilt? About liberation from some kind of (spiritual or social) slavery? Let this be said over and over: How we frame the gospel determines what the response is. Which means, we’ve got [Read More…]

The Assured Results of Modern Science? (RJS)

I have begun reading the new book Adam and the Genome by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight. This book provides an important and novel contribution to the discussion of science and Christian faith. The book joins a number of other excellent books combining scientific and theological expertise.  Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories [Read More…]

The Job Paradox

At some point we all face suffering. At some point we all face unjust suffering, the suffering of the innocent, the suffering of pain that takes us to a place where we ask “Why?” So Krish Kandiah, in his new book Paradoxology: Whether we are forced to watch the suffering of others, or experiencing suffering in [Read More…]

Sarah Bessey’s Announcement

Sarah Bessey: Conviction often begins with noticing. I began to see how alcohol-centric our culture has become. To see how much of our version of fun revolves around wine or beer or some form of alcohol. To see how unhealthy our dependence is. To see the industry around it, capitalizing and marketing and selling and [Read More…]

Dangerous Gospel: The Model Home (Jonathan Storment)

Dangerous Gospel-The Model Home, by Jonathan Storment For the past few weeks, I have been reviewing Jon Nugent’s great new book Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church. Today I would like to conclude this series with the analogy Nugent uses that I appreciated the most. Nugent’s point throughout the book, is [Read More…]

Paul, Women, and the Culture of that Time

Culture matters and when it comes to an ancient texts it matters even more because that culture is not ours. In her new book, Paul and Gender, Cynthia Westfall investigates culture as a filter we need to rediscover and she then examines what it meant for Paul to ask women to veil. Here is a complex [Read More…]