The Rise of Women

From Carolyn Custis James, Malestrom, something to be read slowly and treasured: Blame [the rise of women into leadership, the breaking of the patriarchal boundaries] on feminism, contraception, affirmative action, access to higher education, postmodernism, economic changes, exploding technology, the Internet, or global warming, but make no mistake about it—the world has changed. Even in cultures where [Read More...]

How ’bout them Cubs!

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Where Do You Start? (RJS)

The issues surrounding science and Christian faith are huge. They seem complex and technical. It is tempting to search for short simple solutions and move on … or to ignore the issues all together.  What do Christians with training and a background in science think about these issues?  Where is the Christian leader, teacher or [Read More...]

In Which She Undefines “Femininity”

From Arise. By Rachel Heston-Davis: Rachel Heston-Davis is a writer, English professor, and former freelance journalist. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband Jaron, where she teaches at her alma mater, Greenville College. A lover of good rhetoric, Rachel blogs about faith, feminism, culture, and sometimes the internet itself at Not long after I began [Read More...]

Give and Take (Phillip Camp)

Many in our churches are afraid of the Old Testament. In Phillip Camp’s fine, and readable, and church-friendly book on Deuteronomy, Living as the Community of God: Moses Speaks to the Church in Deuteronomy, an expert OT scholar speaks to the church about the value of this book for ordinary church life.  Moses Speaks to [Read More...]

Grant, O Merciful God, that…

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Heroes in Courage

From USA Today, by Doug Stanglin: A dual French-American citizen was also wounded when he was hit by a gunshot on the train, which eventually stopped in Arras, about 115 miles north of Paris, Cazeneuve said. The suspected gunman was then arrested. Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University, was traveling with childhood friends Stone, of Carmichael, Calif., and [Read More...]

Zealotry 1

I hope to generate conversation, some consternation, and (at the end of the day) some light. Here’s my big point: Some evangelicals have been tossing sharp barbs for a long time at “liberals” or “mainliners” for disregarding the Bible. (It would not be hard to give good examples.) Most evangelicals criticize liberals on the basis [Read More...]

The Heaven Promise — Cover

Here is the cover to The Heaven Promise, scheduled for arrival in a little over a month! [Read more...]

David Fitch Critiques James Davison Hunter

From David Fitch, announcing the theme of his next book: [SMcK: David Fitch and I agree that JD Hunter both mis-represents Anabaptism and, seemingly unknowingly, ends up offering something quite close to an anabaptist theory of engagement.] Hunter, however, in my opinion, does less than stellar work on his engagement with Neo-Anabaptism (I distinguish Neo-Anabaptist [Read More...]