Reading the Bible and the Bible Reading You (by Josh Graves)

Reading the Bible and the Bible Reading You Joshua Graves is the lead minister for the Otter Creek Church in suburban Nashville, TN. He is author of The Feast (2009), Heaven on Earth (2012), and How Not To Kill a Muslim (2015). You can follow Josh on twitter@joshgraves. At some point, being a Jesus person means you gotta read the Bible. [Read More...]

Revisiting the World of the Apostles

This is one of the most exciting opportunities I’ve had in my academic career — I’ve not been to the sites of Paul’s journeys and churches or those of the apostle John. Why not get a group at your church to think about this two-week “cruise” through the world of Paul and John? Northern Seminary [Read More...]

The Festival of Goodwill

One could have called Dallas Willard and Gary Black’s book, The Divine Conspiracy Continued the “divine conspiracy expanded.” The aim of the book is to take kingdom theology of The Divine Conspiracy and expand that teaching into the public sectors of life. For this to happen they say “There must be a robust competency and willingness to examine [Read More...]

Jesus’ Enemy-Loving Offensive (by Jason Micheli)

Jesus’ Enemy-Loving Offensive (by Jason Micheli) ‘Just what the hell is your problem?! Reverend?!’ Because it was New Jersey, at first I thought she had a problem with my holding the church door open for her. Her sorta, kinda of a question had been loud enough to stop the worshippers ahead of her on the [Read More...]

Lord of all power and might…

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and [Read More...]

How to Respond to Middle East Tensions? (by Michelle Van Loon)

Source: Perhaps because warfare by definition is all about one side versus another, polarized talk in our culture has left me feeling as though I need to duck in order to avoid the next verbal punch. “The nation of Israel has engaged in an overkill response in Gaza.” “The people of Gaza are being oppressed [Read More...]

S.J. Creek, RNS and Ferguson’s Churches

From S.J. Creek at Religious News Services (see the full story at the site): Media coverage of Ferguson paints a picture of spontaneous, emotionally charged crowds. But my observations on the ground suggest a different story. Since day one, local churches have been key players in what’s happening on the ground in Ferguson. I recently [Read More...]

Antibiotics, Allergies, and Children

Source: (HT: RJS) A class of bacteria commonly found in the guts of people—and rodents—appears to keep mice safe from food allergies, a study suggests. The same bacteria are among those reduced by antibiotic use in early childhood. The research fits neatly into an emerging paradigm that helps explain a recent alarming increase in food [Read More...]

Beloit College’s Annual Mindset List (2018 Class)

Time for Beloit’s annual mindset list. Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996. Among those who have never been alive in their lifetime are Tupac Shakur, JonBenet Ramsey, Carl Sagan, and Tiny Tim. On Parents’ Weekend, they may want to watch out in case Madonna shows up [Read More...]

Holy Plans, Holy Bubbles (by Michelle Van Loon)

Source: I’ve known a small handful of people who’ve had lives remarkably free from trial, reversal or loss. One woman I used to know had her entire life mapped out using the blueprint of the American Dream, Conservative Christian Version, from a very young age. Her life has gone pretty much the way she’d planned [Read More...]