Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Andy Holt

This review comes at the perfect time. Though we did a series on Walton’s book when it came out, we are treated to review of the book during a period when this topic is fresh and relevant to the posts of RJS.  Again, if you’d like to submit a review, please do so… Blog Book [Read More...]

Friday Night at the Movies: Inception

Review: Inception By Travis Greene Written & directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 148 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout. Inception begins with a shot of a wave crashing into the shore, as Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) struggles against the chaos, trying to orient himself against [Read More...]

Progressive Christian, Prophetic Evangelical

Brad Braxton, here in Chicago at McCormick Theological Seminary, writes in the HuffPo about progressive Christianity and prophetic evangelicalism, and he urges us to get in front of Jesus. What do you think of getting in front of Jesus? What about progressive Christian and prophetic evangelical? Parishioners in the church of my childhood often sang [Read More...]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T) 2

We’re discussing how we build what we know about God, our theology, and using Wesley’s Quadrilateral as an outline for our discussion.  The first of the four I want to discuss is Tradition.  I think I want to start with that one because it’s probably the one that, for me, growing up largely in a low-church environment, [Read More...]

Unity Works in Two Directions

Anli Serfontein, of the Religion News Service, reports on Lutherans wanting to remain one church in spite of differences over sexuality. The irony of the Lutheran bishop bleeds into duplicitousness. Here’s the problem: As was the case with the Anglican Communion, one group breaks unity by moving ahead against the will of the majority and [Read More...]

Evangelicals and Immigration: Times are achangin’

There’s an excellent NYTimes report about evangelicals and immigration, though I wish they had mentioned M. Daniel Carroll R., whose book is one of the best I’ve seen: Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible .  “My message to Republican leaders,” said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the evangelical National [Read More...]

Health Insurance Premiums and Your Choice of Doctor

Wow, this just in … and it concerns me: As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower selection of doctors or hospitals. The plans, being tested in places like San Diego, New York [Read More...]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T)

Assembling Our Theology – the Wesleyan Quadrilateral In my last post here, I expressed my surprise that Al Mohler and others were arguing that theism–the idea that God is active today in the world–is at stake in the age of earth debates.   Like his argument or not, the argument  clearly assumes that one has little [Read More...]

Goodbye Dating, Hello … well, you read it

Gina Dalfonzo created a story of a young Christian woman’s struggle with living out the dating advice of Christian circles … from waiting to not dating to not being able to find a date to dating and then marrying a non-Christian guy. The tossings and turnings of her life stands out. One of the more [Read More...]

Do We Believe in the Spirit? by John Frye

This post is by my friend John Frye, who blogs at: Jesus the Radical Pastor. He’s got a very important point, and it is one that ties with T’s post last Friday: Discernment through the Spirit on how to live today. Do we really believe in the Spirit? Or, do we believe in Scripture alone [Read More...]