Embracing Our Goodness, by Chad Thornhill Of all the ways Smith makes his case for embracing a beautiful, good, and true story about a beautiful, good, and true God, his fifth chapter of The Magnificent Story may be the most thought-provoking. When articulating a doctrine of humanity in light of the gospel, the common Christian line of thinking likely begins with “we are sinners,” which then entails our need for forgiveness, and thus our need for the cross. While Smith… Read more

Let’s hear your thoughts. What’s the right and just punishment for Louisville? The judgment today was to take away their 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. What say you? Read more

Jesus did not speak the ‘red letters’ in your Bible. He did not speak English … or even Greek. What we have is translation, interpretation, and paraphrase.The Gospels convey the true story of Jesus, but it does so through the medium of written communication that made sense to the original audience and continues to carry the message to us today. The evangelists pulled together incidents from the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, putting them in written form, in books,… Read more

A friend of mine recommended that I read David Steinmetz’s well-known essay, “The Superiority of Pre-Critical Exegesis,” in his book Taking the Long View: Christian Theology in Historical Perspective.  Here’s at least one of the problems: Bible reading intimidates many ordinary Bible readers, and one reason why is specialists — names not given — are so good at what they do, so insightful in what they teach, and so industrious in their efforts (footnotes galore, historical sources cited galore, knowledge galore)… Read more

By Michelle Van Loon www.michellevanloon.com www.ThePerennialGen.com “They’re back from another conference,” one of my former pastors said in a staff meeting, shaking his head in mock exhaustion. He didn’t need to explain who “they” were, or even what conference “they’d” attended. We knew he was referring to a clique of women who went as often as they could to conferences featuring their favorite teachers and worship leaders. Themes and subject matter were usually secondary in importance to the women. They… Read more

A God of Beauty, by Chad Thornhill One of the great challenges of the task of theology is seeing a unity to the diversity we find in the biblical texts. Many have attempted this through developing a “unifying theme” to the Bible, such as sovereignty, salvation, etc. The problem with this approach is there is much in the Bible that often does not fit within the paradigm, and so we have square pegs and round holes. One more recent approach… Read more

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. BCP Read more

Hilarious. Each book of the Bible in one sentence. Genesis – God makes everything and it’s really good for about 3.2 seconds. Exodus – YAHWEH VS. RA FIGHT NIGHT ONLY ON PAY-PER-VIEW SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! Leviticus – STOP DOING GROSS STUFF. Numbers – Israel makes a wrong turn near Mt. Sinai, refuses to ask for directions. Deuteronomy – I SAID STOP DOING GROSS STUFF GOSH WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE. Joshua – The hotly anticipated product launch of Moses 2.0. Judges – A riveting documentary on… Read more

Our prayers for the families of Parkland, for the friends, for the country and state and nation. Their names, and a brief description. Hands Free Mama on school tragedies in a family context. Wesley J. Smith: Each year, Gerber, the baby food manufacturer, holds a “cute baby” photo contest, the winner of which receives a $50,000 cash prize and may appear as a “spokesbaby” to advertise the company’s products. Media coverage of the contest is usually limited to sweet human-interest pieces. Not… Read more

The best thing to read on Pharisees is found in E.P. Sanders, Judaism: Practice and Belief. Read more

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