When the Preacher Has Doubts

Last week’s blog in this column was by my former preaching intern Mitch East, and Mitch was making the point that sometimes doubt can be seen as “trendy” and something people pursue to be on inside of what C.S. Lewis calls “the inside circle.” And I’ve been in ministry long enough to know that’s sometimes [Read More…]

Did Luther and Calvin Get Paul Wrong?

The New Perspective on Paul rests on a set of historical and theological conclusions, none more important than arguing that Judaism per se was not “late” Judaism and was not a works-righteousness religion. Many Christian scholars were awakened by the Holocaust and the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls to re-engage the core themes of Judaism. [Read More…]

What Eugene Peterson Does Not Care About

Source: What Eugene Peterson doesn’t care about Celebrity culture It has been mentioned many times, and it is true, that Peterson really struggled with the celebrity status which the publication of The Message thrust upon him. On one of my visits I witnessed him thinking of creative ways he could dodge a Christian media organisation that was [Read More…]

God’s Absence (RJS)

As Christians we are taught much about the presence of God in creation and in our lives. Less is said about God’s absence in creation. Justo L. González ([Creation] The Apple of God’s Eye) digs into both God’s presence and God’s absence.  There is much that we could discuss in these two short chapters, but [Read More…]

Greg Boyd Adjusts Martin Luther

In perhaps Greg Boyd’s deftest of moves, the theology of the cross of Luther is both absorbed by Boyd but centralized even more than Luther’s version. In so doing, Greg Boyd virtually contends — with proddings from Alister McGrath — Luther’s theology of the cross was not consistently applied by Luther. All of this is [Read More…]

What are They Saying about the Bible?

“What are they saying about…?” is the leading question for an older series of books that introduced readers and students (and those who didn’t have time to read all the major books and scholars) to a discipline. Reliable summaries of scholarship are a gold mine for the student, but no better gold mine is deeper [Read More…]

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet during the Sermon on the Mount

The question is about where to sit so one can get the best view of Jesus and hear every word. This is what Jonathan Pennington is doing in his new book The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing. I like Pennington’s book because it makes me think and because it takes direct aim at a [Read More…]

O Lord, Mercifully Receive

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 15 July 2017

Fun news item WTTW: JULIA GRIFFIN: It was a routine patrol for a Sri Lankan naval team Tuesday morning, when they spotted something unusual bobbing among the ocean waves, not a bird or a boat, but rather a fully grown Asian elephant, struggling to stay afloat nearly 10 miles offshore. Elephants are some of the best [Read More…]

The Heartbeat of God

By John Frye Eugene H. Peterson writes, “It surprises me when pastor friends are indifferent or hostile to poets. More than half our Scriptures were written by poets. … The first thing a poet does is slow us down. We cannot speed-read a poem. …When we are reading prose we are often in control, but [Read More…]