Late to Work Excuses

Straight from the Tribune: Here are some of the highlights: •”A Vaseline truck overturned on the highway and cars were slipping left and right.” •”My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery. I had to mourn while deciding whether to have the lizard disposed of by the vet or [Read More...]

Rabbi Evan Moffic — What Christians Need to Know about Jesus’ Jewishness

I endorsed Rabbi Evan Moffic’s book as a good example of civil discourse and dialogue. I hope that we can engage in public discussions about Jesus. Today Rabbi Evan Moffic releases a new book about the Jewishness of Jesus. Rabbi Moffic is a well-known congregational rabbi outside of Chicago whose first book answered the question What [Read More...]

Too Busy?

Eugene Peterson’s golden words: I (and most pastors, I believe) become busy for two reasons; both reasons are ignoble. I am busy because I am vain. I want to appear important. Significant. What better way than to be busy? The incredible hours, the crowded schedule, and the heavy demands on my time are proof to [Read More...]

Prepared in Heaven, Unveiled on Earth and Left Behind (RJS)

The next chapter of Richard Middleton’s book A New Heaven and a New Earth looks at passages in the New Testament that appear to support the idea of  heaven hereafter, either as a permanent or temporary abode.  These can be divided into three types. There are several texts that portray heaven as an ideal that [Read More...]

The M.O. of Christians in Church-State Relations

Most evangelicals and liberals are united in believing that the proper response to the state is to engage it by working in the system to transform it. I’m not sure that many wonder what would happen if a deep and pervasive transformation occurred — would it become a Constantinian state or would it be almost entirely Christian [Read More...]

Jonathan Merritt, Donald Trump and Populist Evangelicals

Jonathan Merritt, The Atlantic: This division was first popularized in Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite, by Michael Lindsay, who was a sociologist at Rice University at the time. After conducting hundreds of in-depth interviews with American evangelicals, Lindsay concluded that the movement could be divided into two classes. He now [Read More...]

The Collapse of Parenting

Leanne Italie: A confirmation of Jean Twenge’s researches about “Generation Me.” NEW YORK  Dr. Leonard Sax has been a family physician and psychologist for 27 years, conducting workshops around the world for parents, teachers, social workers, counselors, school psychologists and juvenile justice professionals. He’s also a dad, and it’s from all those perspectives that he [Read More...]

Faith Meets Globalization

While some might call faith’s sphere of work is “secularization,” Miroslav Volf suggests the issue is larger and more penetrating: it is globalization. Slowing down the runaway dimensions of the globalization truck is the challenge of our faith, in fact, Volf says the world’s religions can cooperate at some level to challenge the relentlessness of reducing [Read More...]

Freedom Breeds Tolerance

For tolerance to flourish the prominent virtue is freedom/liberty; however, at times justice advocates create intolerance. Many are experiencing and protesting the increased intolerance as a result of those who think their cause is not just right but the only right that can be tolerated. Lindsey Bever: Alumni and students from a prominent college in Ohio [Read More...]

4th Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. BCP [Read more...]