Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 6 – 2

There is progress in Psalm 6 but the psalmist doesn’t spell out each step in the progress. Perhaps the psalmist has sinned; he doesn’t say so. He is opposed by enemies and they have driven David to his limit. He pleads with God to rescue him because, so the psalmist believes, God is faithful.  He [Read More...]

The End of Reformed Old Testament Scholars?

Michael Bird, down in Australia, is watching from afar but he gets it: there’s something going on in Old Testament scholarship among Reformed evangelicals that has many people concerned, and it’s all lit up in the news — to the point that USA Today covered one of the stories. Here’s a clip from Michael Bird’s [Read More...]

Jennifer Knapp, Now Out

From Christianity Today, in an interview with Mark Moring: Seven years ago, while at the top of her game, Jennifer Knapp announced what seemed to many a sudden decision: She was stepping away from Christian music, taking an indefinite hiatus. Rumors began to swirl–she was burned out, she needed a rest, she was upset about [Read More...]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 6

David, or the psalmist if it is not David, complains about his enemies often and pleads with God to do justice and shame them. But Psalm 6 (after the jump you can find the whole psalm) opens up with the humility necessary to be the sort of person who can pray for justice against enemies. [Read More...]

David Opderbeck on That Soul-Sort Narrative

David Opderbeck is known to all readers of this blog; he weighs in today on the soul-sort narrative I have done on Brian McLaren.   That Other Soul-Sort Narrative:  The Problem of People as Targets We’ve had some good and robust conversation about Brian McLaren’s “soul-sort” narrative.  Many of us resonate in some way with the problem Brian identifies, [Read More...]

Christian and UnChurched: Barna’s Newest

From George Barna’s newest study: One of the biggest surprises to some people, however, is that a large majority of the nation’s unchurched population is drawn from the sector comprised of people who consider themselves to be Christian. In the United States, 83% of all adults label themselves “Christian.” The percentage is lower among the [Read More...]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 5 – 2

God is faithful, the psalmist knows. Therefore he approaches YHWH on behalf of himself and against his enemies who are full of slander and lies. The psalmist is convinced he is right and they are wrong; he’s convinced God is on his side. It is striking that the psalmist enters into God’s presence “morning by [Read More...]

Were Confederate Soldiers Terrorists?

So argues Roland Martin, of CNN.com. [Roland needs to define "terrorist." It appears to me that he's defined "terrorist" as anyone who fights for an unjustifiable cause. I don't support, however, Virginia's governor in this celebration.] Based on the hundreds of e-mails, Facebook comments and Tweets I’ve read in response to my denunciation of Virginia [Read More...]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 5

Again, the psalmist (here David according to the heading) barges into the presence of God and demands attention, consideration, and an ear. Why? Because YHWH is the psalmist’s king and God and the one to whom David pleads.  What strikes me about this prayer is the rhetoric of theological reflection: David ponders the very nature [Read More...]

That Soul-Sort Narrative 3

We are looking at Brian McLaren’s soul-sort narrative. I have, in two previous posts, sketched Brian’s soul-sort narrative, which I contend is not the conventional Christian’s narrative, and I have sketched the Christian conventional narrative and also suggested that the Protestant evangelical soul-sort narrative is actually better seen as a plan of salvation and not [Read More...]


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