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

Which Evangelicalism Have You Abandoned?

Evangelicalism has no official membership even if there are a few who’d like to be the ones who decide. But one thing is clear: Many have left evangelicalism. That is, they say they have left. One might just answer back that “once an evangelical, always an evangelical.” I don’t think this little quip works. In his new important book,  In Search of Ancient Roots: The Christian Past and the Evangelical Identity Crisis, Kenneth Stewart asks a really good set of questions. He asks But… Read more

Reading Scripture Backwards And Forwards (Mitchell East)

By Mitchell East, an intern for the university ministry of St. Aldates Church in Oxford, England. Most of us are familiar with the “fishers of men” story from the gospels (Mark 1:16-20; Matt 4:18-22; Luke 5:1-11). We might also be familiar with the sermon that follows from it. Some of the disciples were fishermen by trade, but when Jesus calls them to follow him, he says he will make them “fishers of men.” The preacher concludes that likewise, Christians must… Read more

Wisdom Literature And Women (Today)

A significant issue arises for women today when reading books like Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Are these books, and they are not alone in the Bible, patriarchal? This question is both addressed head-on by Tremper Longman, in The Fear of the Lord is Wisdom, but decisively answered. Here’s the problem: We can detect this masculine focus in two areas. First, in the discourse section of Proverbs (chaps. 1-9), the father warns his son about the strange/ foreign woman… And, the imbalance if not… Read more

Emboldened

You can purchase Tara Beth’s fine book here: Emboldened. Read more

Back Up Your Prayers

Kirsten Powers is right: It’s become a sort of twisted American ritual: A lone white male shooter opens fire on a crowd of people. Americans cry out for someone to do something and are met with shoulder shrugs, mumblings about “the price of freedom” and assurances that the people elected to protect them are sending their “thoughts and prayers.”.. It’s not that there is anything wrong with praying for those who are suffering. In fact, if you are a religious… Read more

But They Know God is Real! (RJS)

So far we’ve looked at five of the scientists profiled in Tim Stafford’s book the adam quest. In this book Stafford found Christian scientists “who hold strong opinions but are not quick to condemn others.” His purpose is to let them tell their own story with little interference, to humanize the nature of the conflict with real people and to provoke thoughtful engagement in the church. This is a book that every interested person, especially pastors or other Christian leaders,… Read more

False Gospel Narratives

James Bryan Smith, in his wonderful new The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness and Truth, contends there are some very common narratives that are both false narratives and damaging to the Christian’s understanding of God. Smith’s work is about the only discipleship book for church folks that is rooted in the Bible’s overarching narrative itself. It is also designed on the basis of experience for lay folks. A must-have for churches. There are two major false narratives that… Read more

Dear Sir, What You Have In Your Garden Is…

BERLIN (AP) — A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over — and found a particularly large zucchini. Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by an 81-year-old man. They said in a statement Friday that officers determined “the object, which really did look very like a bomb” was actually a 40-centimeter (nearly 16-inch) zucchini…. Read more

The Marks of a Christian’s Mind

When we think all of our enemies are God’s enemies — didn’t Anne Lamott say something like this? — then we’ve demonized others. Read more

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