Comments on the Blog: Our Policies

It’s time to review how this blog works. Kris and I and RJS monitor the comments on this blog, and RJS does only her own posts so I take the responsibility for most of it. Here’s a core value — to use the jargon of our day — of this blog: we want to have [Read More...]

The Church and Disappointment (Jonathan Storment)

The Church is an institution of disappointment; it is not a disappointing institution. I have been doing full time local-church work for almost 15 years now, and I have noticed that every Sunday the same two kinds of people come up to me.  One of them is overflowing with joy and gratitude for the way [Read More...]

Attention Span of a What?!

USAToday: NEWSER) – Your attention span is, uh… well… whatever, but it probably can’t beat that of your average goldfish, a new study says. Microsoft reached this conclusion after surveying more than 2,000 Canadians and monitoring the brain activity of 112 people, Yahoo! Canada reports. In our age of buzzing phones and 140-character news items, they say, the Canadian [Read More...]

Christian Seders: To do or not to do?

By Michelle Van Loon: Should Christians participate in church-run Seders? After all, this command to retell and relive via ritual meal celebrating God’s deliverance of his people from slavery in Egypt was given to the Jewish people (clickhere, here, and here). Yet it has become popular in both liturgical and low-church circles to incorporate a Christian version of the [Read More...]

Of Gardens, Trees, and Serpents (RJS)

The next three propositions in John Walton’s new book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate deal with the imagery of Genesis 2-3 in its ancient Near Eastern context. The garden, the trees, and the serpent all conveyed a meaning in the ancient Near East that is lost [Read More...]

What Is Marriage? Where is Procreation?

Abigail Rine, at First Things: While I listened to my students lambast the article, it struck me that, on one level, they were right: marriage isn’t in danger of being redefined; the redefinition began decades ago, in the wake of the sexual revolution. Once the link between sexuality and procreation was severed in our cultural [Read More...]

Revitalizing Around the Presidential Library

Dahleen Glanton: An official announcement is expected Tuesday that the library and museum will be built on the South Side in partnership with the University of Chicago. But residents of the two neighborhoods being considered for the site — Washington Park and Woodlawn — have long been thinking about what such a project would mean [Read More...]

The Death Penalty: American Law vs. Christianity

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death in a Federal court. American law permits the death penalty in some cases and in some states. The issue is then not just what the American law permits as justifiable punishment (lex talionis) but how Christians are to think about capital punishment and the death penalty. I shall [Read More...]

Vimeo: A Conversation on the Gospel

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Diseases by the Season of Year

NPR, by Rob Stein: The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday. A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected by the season, [Read More...]