Ebola and the Brantly Family Statement

Source:Amber Brantly, the wife of Dr. Kent Brantly, and her immediate family issued the following statement. Dr. Brantly, a member of the Samaritan's Purse team in Liberia, tested positive for the Ebola virus and is fighting for his life. We appreciate so much all the words of comfort and acts of kindness extended to our family. As people with a deep faith in Jesus, we sincerely thank the thousands of people worldwide who have lifted up Kent and this dreadful situation in prayer. We … [Read More...]

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Preserving Churches in Canada

In contrast to the Solomon temple replica in Brazil, the churches of Canada are being re-purposed into gyms. MONTREAL — Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But despite its dramatic transformation into a private gym and spa, the onetime Dominican St. Jude’s Shrine on Montreal’s St. Denis Street remains a temple of sorts.“It becomes almost a religion for some people,” Sonya Audrey Bonin, general manager of … [Read More...]

Where Do We Get those Sermons? (Jonathan Storment)

On this blog others speak, but I keep the posts oriented toward the church (mostly). Voices matter to me, so on Wednesday we have been treated this year to a series of posts by young pastors in the Churches of Christ. This post is by Jonathan Storment from Abilene Texas, and I love his set of ideas here. Central to the way the Scriptures start off is that God creates. It is, after all, the fifth word in the English Bible. Before we even know that God is good, we know that God is creative. … [Read More...]

I Love the Bible: Chet

The expression “post-haste” was something I once heard from a teacher and it followed a request to go to some office to get something. “And do it post-haste.” I thought about the meaning of that expression then about as often as I did about any expression — not at all. But, that expression has a hist … [Read More...]

Sudanese Family in an American Church

By my friend Stan Friedman:By Stan Friedman MANCHESTER, NH (July 25, 2014) — The Evangelical Covenant Church will help resettle Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman once sentenced to death by the Sudanese government when she would not renounce her Christian faith. Ibrahim, along with her h … [Read More...]

Solomon’s Temple in Brazil

Well, what do you think of this?SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It occupies an entire block in this teeming megacity: a 10,000-seat rendition of Solomon’s Temple. Towering in sharp relief against the graffiti-splattered tenements nearby, it beckons with monumental walls of stone imported from Israel and the … [Read More...]

Adam’s Ancestors (RJS)

One of the (many) highlights of the Evolution and Christian Faith Workshop in Oxford earlier this month was the plenary lecture by David Livingstone, Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast. This lecture was based on a chapter in his recent book Dealing with D … [Read More...]

Conversion: A Moment, a Process, or…?

Do you think folks convert at a single moment or do you think it happens (for some) over time? Do you think it happens different for different people -- some all at once and others over time?Let me give a big sociological sketch first. Studies reveal that folks, in a general sense, "convert" to … [Read More...]

Time for a Banana!

Every day, about 10am, both Kris and I eat a banana. We knew of their health benefits, but this article takes it over the top. Time for a banana!Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of … [Read More...]

Terrance Tiessen’s Journey to Solve the Hell Problem

This post is by Terry Tiessen, and I use the post with his permission.I set out to write a blog post that grew rather large. So I have decided to split it into two posts, of which this is the first. Here I will relate the story of my long journey in quest of a biblical answer to that big … [Read More...]

I Love the Bible: T

The psalmist acknowledges that the Lord has “done good” or “treated him well” — though I think the psalmist is much less interested in “how” (well) God has treated him and more with “what” (good) God has done to him. Notice: “You have dealt well with your servant” (Ps 119:65). Time for us to ponder … [Read More...]

Who Would This Hurt the Most?

Source:Would this hurt most the conservative churches, the liberal churches, or the African American churches?The Internal Revenue Service has reached a lawsuit settlement agreement with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, agreeing to investigate churches that violate a federal law that … [Read More...]

O God…

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and … [Read More...]

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Musing on New Testament Studies

One of the more disheartening elements of a veteran New Testament professor is the routine encounter with younger New Testament scholars and professors who have not read those who shaped my mind when I was their age. Too many, for instance, know about the scholars -- and can be quite critical of … [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Inside the Crusades (by Lynn Cohick)

Defending the City of God: A Medieval Queen, the First Crusades, and the Quest for Peace in Jerusalem by Sharan Newman. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.Review by Lynn Cohick, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, and author of Philippians in the Story of God Bible Commentary.An … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 26 July 2014

A tree with forty different fruits! And it's a gorgeous tree, to boot. (Could be a hoax, but I can't see that it is. But it definitely rivals the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in Eden.)A wonderful new blog begins about kids in faith and parenting.Are we nurturing kindness and … [Read More...]