Prayer for 4th Sunday of Lent

Gracious Father,whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world:Evermore give us this bread,that he may live in us, and we in him;who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.Amen.BCP … [Read More...]

America, Read this Book!

AMERICA, READ THIS BOOK!By David George Moore. Dave’s videos can be found at www.mooreengaging.com and his blog is www.twocities.org.Commentaries on books of the Bible are not created equally. You have to be shrewd in what you consult. Good ones come in all different types and sizes, from the devotional to the technical. My favorite ones are those that combine great care with the text of Scripture, are well-written, and offer many connections to our own time and day. Christopher Wright’s … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 25 March 2017

David Gibson, Princeton Theological Seminary and Tim Keller: (RNS) Faced with mounting criticism for its decision to give a major award to the Rev. Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and one of the country’s best-known conservative Christian thinkers, Princeton Theological Seminary has reversed course and said Keller will not receive the honor.In an email to faculty and students on Wednesday morning (March 22), the president of the venerable mainline P … [Read More...]

Jesus’ Memory Bank

By John FryeI was meditating through John 13-17 recently and a startling question popped into my head. Did Jesus in his humanity ever have an inkling of his pre-incarnate life? We know that at the age of 12 Jesus had some idea of his special mission: “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s ho … [Read More...]

Is Mission an Enigma?

Never has the church been more obsessed with the meaning of "mission" and, at the same time, so babbled about accomplishing that mission. There is much hand-wringing and flag-waving and panel-discussing about mission but Michael Stroope, professor of missions at Truett Theological Seminary, wonders … [Read More...]

Adam According to Jesus (RJS)

If it was good enough for Jesus it is good enough for us! This is sentiment I have heard repeatedly in the discussion of Adam, Eve, science and Christian faith. It seems clear (some will claim) that Jesus regarded Adam and Eve as historical figures. He taught that Adam and Eve were historical … [Read More...]

Are Christians in the USA Persecuted?

There is nothing less than a full throated irritation among some today. Some contend Christians are being persecuted, some think that claim is risible and biting into a NothingBurger, some come back with responses of incredulity that anyone cannot see this, and others say this is alarmism pure and … [Read More...]

An Innovative DMin

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling.Think about joining us... we begin July 10-14, 2017.This will be our second iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Northern Seminary. … [Read More...]

The Feelings of the Spiritual Life (Kelly Edmiston)

By Kelly Edmiston, @kellyedmiston Student minister at First Colony Church of Christ.I’m just not feelin’ it any longer,” she said to me, from across the table where we sat facing each other in the coffee shop. With our lattes between us, I could see the steam from the hot cups billow up and disap … [Read More...]

Three Elements of Faith

His contention is that faith means "allegiance."Why? Because that's what our gospel requires and because that is what the term "faith" (pistis) means.  The old question, "What is saving faith?" is the question Matthew Bates is actually answering, and it is an old theological question. (See M … [Read More...]

The Wisdom of this World (RJS)

Oftentimes when discussing issues of science and faith, or other issues that challenge the conventional thinking of the Christian faith, someone will up and quote or paraphrase Paul from his letters to the Corinthians.For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but … [Read More...]

Paul Behaving Badly?!

It's a risk to ask if God behaves badly in the pages of the Old Testament, a question asked by David Lamb in his book God Behaving Badly, and it's the same to ask with Mark Strauss about Jesus Behaving Badly, but there's less risk to ask with Randy Richards and Brandon O'Brien about Paul Behaving … [Read More...]

The Oddest Question Theologians Ask

There are good questions -- How can a good God permit suffering? There are bad questions -- How many angels can fit on a pinhead? There are odd questions but the oddest (and wrong-headediest of all) -- Did Jesus preach the gospel?When someone is asking the last question they have something very … [Read More...]

What America’s Culture Wars Need Most?

I contend that as Americans on the Right or on the Left and as Americans of various races and ethnicities separate themselves from the church they develop transcendent expectations of Washington DC, the political process and our elected officials. Transcendence is inherent to who we are and either … [Read More...]

What Do Your Kids Know about Communion?

What Do Your Kids Know About Communion?By Michelle Van Loonwww.michellevanloon.com www.MomentsAndDays.orgI taught Sunday School for years. The experience taught me a few things. One essential lesson was to avoid any craft project involving glitter. I found glitter in my clothes, hair, … [Read More...]

Prayer to Pray

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 18 March 2017

Thank you, Hilda! Ryan Miller: Vivienne Malone-Mayes. Jane Hinton. Jessie Price.You may have never heard of these black female scientists, but one woman is looking to bring their images back to life.With the help of Twitter, Hilda Bastian (@MissingSciFaces) has worked for the past two mo … [Read More...]