Perhaps the most neglected and disputed aspect of Christian faith is the person and role of the Holy Spirit. We (most of us anyway) will recite the Apostle’s Creed with sincerity and affirm a Trinitarian doctrine of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius… Read more

Not long ago I posted on the loss of the evangelical soul, a post in part stimulated by the tone of conversations I am witnessing on FB. Everybody’s a prophet these days and thinks so because, so they think, they are speaking truth to power. They’re not. They’re yelling in a barrel full of self-appointed prophets. Today’s post moves into signs of evangelicalism’s demise. Let’s get the standard definition of evangelicalism on the table first: an evangelical is committed to… Read more

By David Fitch, Professor at Northern Seminary. James Cone’s The Cross and The Lynching Tree, although six years old, still has much to teach about living into Christ’s Kingdom in regard to the systemic injustice of racism around us. Cone recently passed away and is recognized as the founder and leader of the black theology movement. Cone’s book is a study in the paradigm of liberation theology and its method. In what follows I review it as a foundation for… Read more

By Dr. David W. Opderbeck Seton Hall University School of Law Professor of Law Director, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology Livingston Baker Research Fellow CIPP / US The Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission opinion was released recently.  It landed with more of a drip than a splash.  Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had shown specific animus towards the Christian baker, Jack Phillips.  However, the majority opinion did not decide the more difficult question whether… Read more

Not long ago I posted this: It’s time to bury the word “evangelical.” It’s both past time to bury it but it’s also time yet again to bury it. I stand by that more today than even when I posted it. The term is now useless. Roy Moore lost but the vote in Alabama proved that evangelicalism as a movement has lost its moorings. The Political Turn of Evangelicalism is undeniable, and I spoke about and against this in both The… Read more

We’ve been working through The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology and the Deluge Debate by Tremper Longman III and John Walton. They summarize: Our view has been laid out: a real flood of universal impact was the impetus for the story found in Genesis 6-9, which depicts this flood, using hyperbole, as a worldwide event for theological reasons. Since the interpretation of the event given in Genesis is what carries authority, we must understand how the biblical narrator… Read more

It’s time to bury the word “evangelical.” It’s both past time to bury it but it’s also time yet again to bury it. I have a strategy for doing so, but first this: Kate Shellnutt, at CT, writes, More than 80 years ago, the first president of Princeton Evangelical Fellowship aspired for the organization to allow students “to enjoy Christian fellowship one with another, to bear united witness to the faith of its members in the whole Bible as the inspired… Read more

My review of a fantastic new book: Matthew Croasmun, The Emergence of Sin: The Cosmic Tyrant in Romans (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). Sin in the Pauline letters seems to be more than the violation of a command and seems to take on systemic force. Christian theology’s doctrines of original sin and guilt are but one example of theological attempts to come to terms with lower case sins and upper case Sin as a tyrant. In Matthew Croasmun’s recently… Read more

By Tim Krueger Tim Krueger is the editor of Mutuality magazine and is publications coordinator at CBE International. He was raised in the Philippines and studied history and Bible at Bethel University (MN). He and his wife, Naomi, have a son and live in Saint Paul, MN. In April of 2017, the hashtag #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear went viral on Twitter. Thousands of women took to social media to share painful things they’d been told by other Christians. One woman shared this: “Sure, women… Read more

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. Read more

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