How Is Your Church Doing?

From CBE by Andrea Ackermann, Andrea serves as a pastoral associate and administrator at Christ City Church in Washington DC and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Fuller Seminary. She has a passion to see the church truly live into its calling, including empowering women to reach their potential. She lives in the H Street neighborhood with her husband and two daughters. I was thirty years old when I first met a female pastor. At the time, I was… Read more

Is Evangelical Something Recent?

One of the implications of the way many of us — I include myself — talk about evangelicalism suggests or claims that it is largely an 18th or 19th Century movement. Read more

When Will Education Distance Itself From Big-Time Sports?

Or just turn their teams into minor league professionals? Read this: The 2017-18 college basketball season officially got underway on Friday. Time for preseason narratives to play out, go wild with overreactions and … well, a lot of guys didn’t play. Over the past six weeks, the biggest story in college basketball has been the federal investigation into corruption and bribery in the sport. Despite games getting underway, Friday was no different — and it wasn’t just because of the… Read more

O God

God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever…. Read more

Why Christians Ought To Read Poetry

Dave Mahan is the Executive Director of the Rivendell Institute. He also teaches religion and literature as adjunct faculty at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale Divinity School. His book, An Unexpected Light: Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O’Siadhail, and Geoffrey Hill https://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Light-OSiadhail-Princeton-Theological/dp/1556355076 frames this conversation. David Moore conducted this interview. Dave’s videos can be found at www.mooreengaging.com. Moore: You dedicate this book to your wife and a second grade teacher. We… Read more

Weekly Meanderings, 11 November 2017

Good for these students: From Geoffrey Wilson Six months ago, a third-grade class in Pleasant Valley, New York, learned about the negative environmental impact caused by a foam used in a common type of cup in restaurants across the country. So they chose to take a stand. The students presented their research on polystyrene foam to older classes at Joseph D’Aquanni West Road Intermediate School, wrote letters to government leaders and ultimately addressed the Dutchess County (N.Y.) Legislature. “It really took off,” Barbara Kurdziel, the… Read more

To Build A Fire

By John Frye “The trouble with him was that he was without imagination. He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances.” To Build A Fire, by Jack London An unnamed man, a newcomer to the Yukon, tries to hike all day through deep snow with temperature of 75 degrees below zero. That is 107 degrees below freezing. While passionate to stay alive and reach his friends at a… Read more

Preposterous Or Not Preposterous?

His claim is that Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith is a species of indulgences and is, in fact, the most extreme form of indulgence. Everything for nothing. Salvation for doing nothing. So Richard Rex in his new book, The Making of Martin Luther. I’m no fan of faux-Alte Schrift design for letters on Reformation books, but I suppose one gets an ancient feel from the Alte Schrift. In part it is because I learned to read Alte Schrift and considered… Read more

The Church And Bible Reading: Podcast Q & A

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Return to Adam (RJS)

One of the most contentious questions in the conversation between contemporary science and faith is the question of Adam – more specifically human origins and the origin of sin. The next set of essays and responses in Old Earth or Evolutionary Creation homes in on this question. Loren Haarsma and Kenneth Samples provide perspectives from BioLogos and Reasons to Believe respectively. Ted Cabal acts as the Southern Baptist moderator for this discussion.  The question posed doesn’t ask for a definitive… Read more

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