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…]

A Priority to Rest?

By Michael Chung (BS, The Ohio State University; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; PhD University of Nottingham) has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary-Texas, Houston Baptist University, Calvary Theological Seminary-Indonesia, and Houston Christian High School. He is also the author of Praying with Mom (2012) and has published academic journal articles in North America, Asia, and [Read More…]

Revisiting the Fall (RJS)

J. Richard Middleton has thought-provoking post at BioLogos that deals Evolution and the Historical Fall (now a couple of weeks old, but I only read it in the last few days). This short essay is well worth reading, and worth some comment here. (1) A historical Fall. Richard, like many of the rest of us, [Read More…]

Russell Moore is on Target and thus the Target

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Concern is mounting among evangelicals that Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm, could lose his job following months of backlash over his critiques of President Trump and religious leaders who publicly supported the Republican candidate. Any such move could be explosive for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, which [Read More…]

Performance Music: Worship?

Jonathan Algier: [SMcK: He does not mention but Andrew McGowan’s book is the best place to begin.] Performance worship is now the norm. I fear this is the case with practically all evangelical megachurches and their emulating congregations, which now includes a growing number of desperate mainline congregations, as well. We also see it in [Read More…]