A Fellowship of Differents

From NPR: Fifteen years ago, Peoples Church in Cincinnati was called First Christian Assembly of God and was 98 percent white. After the riots of 2001, Pastor Chris Beard decided to take the church in a new direction. He drafted a mission statement and said the church would focus on racial reconciliation.Ed Weithe, who is white, has attended Peoples Church for more than 20 years."I know pastor Chris felt like he had a vision from God for our church to become a church like heaven," … [Read More...]

Jesus and Genesis

Jesus and Genesis (RJS)

Recently ICR posted the picture to the right on their Facebook page (HT JD). Although the claim that half of Jesus's references were to Genesis is unsupportable (see below), the idea that we must take a literal (i.e. young earth) approach to Genesis because Jesus took this approach comes up relatively often. In fact, the most popular post I've written (by far the most views, and continuing to pick up many more every month) is Jesus on Adam and Eve. This post looked specifically at the references … [Read More...]

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America and its Guns

More than 33,000 Americans have been shot already in 2015. More than 8500 have died from these gunshots. [Source] This week the horrific murdering of Alison Parker and Adam Ward gained all the attention, or I should say, the murder of Alison Parker gained the attention.During August 40 Chicagoans have been shot and killed; about 270 have been shot and wounded. Chicago has the strongest gun laws in the nation and those laws seem to have little slowing-down impact. Murderous people, of course, … [Read More...]

Strange Bedfellows: The Evangelical Right and Trump

By Derek Penwell:Why, this author is asking, is Donald Trump attractive to the Evangelical Right? That question is not only a good one, and this analysis reasonable, but an answer to that question lays bare much of what goes on evangelical political rhetoric and aspirations.  It’s baffling. The … [Read More...]

Liking Jesus but not the Church (by Jonathan Storment)

When I first meet people and they find out that I am a preacher, the statement I get more than any other is “I like Jesus but not the Church.”  It is such a common-sense idea that it is hardly challenged these days.Instead, what we do is try to defend the church.  As in “Sure, we are a community … [Read More...]

The Subordinate Place of Supreme Honor: A Response to Douglas Wilson

‘The Subordinate Place of Supreme Honor’: The Wedding Exhortations of Douglas WilsonBy Valerie Hobbs and Rachel MillerDr. Valerie Hobbs researches issues affecting Christian women and families from her home base at the University of Sheffield in the UK. She is also Associate Director of Gre … [Read More...]

The American Flag in the Church

From Roger Olson:The American flag is an important symbol for me as for many American church goers. I still always get choked up when I hear the American national anthem and see the “stars and stripes” waving in the wind—at a sports event or Independence Day celebration or whatever. My wife and I … [Read More...]

The Faithfulness of God (RJS)

God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? We've been looking at Walter Moberly's book Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture. The verse quoted … [Read More...]

Resisting the Kingdom Trend

The biggest challenge to traditional kingdom theory is coming from NT scholars and tide is changing. The kingdom trend is to think Jesus and the apostles mean one of two things when they use the expression. Either it means the dynamic rule or reign of God or it means social justice and peace. In my b … [Read More...]

So, What is a Gospel?

Thinking about teaching Jesus and the Gospels this Fall at Northern Seminary led me to my favorite lecture ever. Here goes...In the Autumn of 1989, I gave a lecture to my Synoptic Gospels class that got suddenly out of hand. I never intended it to, and because it did get out of hand, I never … [Read More...]

Three Dangers Straight from Moses (by Phillip Camp)

Deuteronomy 7-10 reveals that the faithfulness of God's people to their covenant with God—and so their fulfillment of God's purposes through them—faces constant dangers on several levels. One does not have to dig too deeply to find manifestations of these same dangers within the community of God tod … [Read More...]

Lord of all power and might…

Lord of all power and might,the author and giver of all good things:Graft in our hearts the love of your Name;increase in us true religion;nourish us with all goodness;and bring forth in us the fruit of good works;through Jesus Christ our Lord,who lives and reigns … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 29 August 2015

When and when not to use your cell phone, a Pew Study. If etiquette’s a majority consensus on acceptable behavior, and this is what the majority thinks and does, then the rules on using your phone in public have permanently changed (…for better or worse). What’s more, they’re likely to continue chan … [Read More...]

With Jesus, Where the Wild Things Are

By John FryeWilderness time is a phrase to describe the practice of getting away from the daily routines and recurring relationships in order to connect with God. The concept of wilderness plays a vital role in the Christian formation of a life. Wilderness is life at its basic level with no … [Read More...]

We Haven’t Heard from Chesterton For Too Long

By Allan BevereJesus Is Not a Poster Boy for Your Progressive or Conservative Cause-- G.K. Chesterton's "Mere Christianity"C.S. Lewis was thrust into fame with his work that led to the publication of his book, Mere Christianity. Indeed, when many Christians hear the words "mere … [Read More...]

The Value of Evolution (RJS)

The fourth section of Gary N. Fugle's book Laying Down Arms to Heal the Creation-Evolution Divide looks at the value of biological evolution.  It is hard for the non-scientist, and even many scientists who are not conversant with biology, to appreciate the depth and importance of the evolutionary … [Read More...]

Theology of a Prophet

The Old Testament prophet stood above the crowd, faced the crowd and turned his or her eye of insight and revelation on the people and its leaders. How did their theology work? What were the major themes? Aaron Chambers, in Interpreting the Prophets, sketches two major themes of the prophet:1. … [Read More...]