What is Your Story? (RJS)

I received a new book in the mail today How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science. In this book twenty-five Christians reflect on their journey to and around the intersection of evolution and Christian faith. The contributors come from a range of perspectives including pastors (e.g. John Ortberg, Daniel Harrell, Ken Fong), biblical scholars (e.g. N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Tremper Longman III), scientists (e.g. Francis Collins, Jennifer Wiseman, Denis … [Read More...]

Megachurch Liturgy as Commercial for Church

By Michelle Van Loon:The lights dim, and the band takes the stage.The worship leader welcomes the crowd with a boisterous “Hey, how’s everyone doin’? Great to see you all!” before the band slips into a booming, clever cover of a pop song, then segues into a couple of modern sing-a-long worship standards pulled right from heavy rotation on the positive, encouraging Christian radio station.A carefully-curated selection of announcements and a prayer follows, creating space for ushers/hosts t … [Read More...]

Happiness is Serving

Tom Jacobs:The point has been made by everyone from neuroscientists to foul-mouthedsinging puppets: If you really want to be happy, set aside your own desires and help others. But do we really believe it, and do we, in fact, behave accordingly? If your answer is a sheepish “no,” you might want to consider the results of anewly published study. It followed a diverse group of people for six weeks as they either focused on themselves, or performed regular works of kindness and charity. Unlike … [Read More...]

Garrison Keillor Speaks Truth about Christian Branding

Branding is one of those terms that have crept up on us and caught us unawares and now it seems here to stay. Occasionally my publishers -- never my editors -- have spoken about "branding" me and it just seems so slimy to me. Faithfulness and wisdom and above all love are the virtues to be sought by … [Read More...]

Ten Ways to Promote Women in Your Church

Debbie Fulthorp:For a little over five years, I served as a lead pastor. I loved this position, but circumstances beyond my control (here is my story) have placed me on the other side of the pulpit these past few years. My search for a lead pastorate as a woman remains daunting.As a former … [Read More...]

Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God,you have given to us your servants grace,by the confession of a true faith,to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity,and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity:Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship,and bring us at … [Read More...]

The Bible in the Contemporary World: with Richard Bauckham

The Bible in the Contemporary World: Interview with Richard BauckhamRichard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is also senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and a fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 May 2016

Mark J. Perry: Has the middle income sector shrunk? Yes. Where did it go? Upward! Bottom Line: Over the last nearly 50 years, one of the most impressive (and unreported) gains for US households has been the three-fold increase (from 8.1% in 1967 to nearly 25% in 2014) in the share of high-income US … [Read More...]

Cautions for Orphanage Volunteering

Source: [London School of Economics, LSE]Overseas volunteering is also extremely popular amongst students. Making a difference whilst forming new friendships in an exotic location; who wouldn’t be tempted by that? Volunteer tourism, voluntourism, volunteer travel, or overseas volunteering, call i … [Read More...]

Top Ten Books that Shaped My Life: #1

By John FryePriority of PassionImmediately intrigued by One-T Scot’s suggestion, it fascinated me to select some books that created landmark moments in my spiritual journey. One-T nudged me to think of life-shaping books. Like most of the One-T Saloon community gathering at Jesus Creed, I am … [Read More...]

Re-Thinking Mission with Chris Wright

Like Chris Wright's stuff on God's mission? Check this out: Chris was exploring a biblical theology of mission, engaging along the way with contested ideas of mission, and criticisms of his own approach as outlined most fully of course in his magnum opus The Mission of God.Some notes and … [Read More...]

Miracles and the “Problem” of Divine Action (RJS)

One of the blogs at BioLogos is run by Jim Stump, formerly a professor of philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN, now senior editor at BioLogos. I first "met" Jim virtually when he sent me a copy of the book Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity, that he co-edited with Alan Padgett. … [Read More...]

Bible Tribes

The Bible you carry is a political act. By "Bible" I mean the Translation of the Bible you carry is a political act. Because the Bible you carry is a political act the rhetoric about other translations is more politics than it is reality. The reality is that the major Bible translations in use today … [Read More...]

The Fittest City in the USA?

From USA Today: Washington, D.C., is the fittest city in the United States for the third year in a row, according to a ranking of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country.The nation’s capital was closely followed byMinneapolis-St. Paul and Denver as the second- and third-fittest of the 5 … [Read More...]

Trust the Table (by Joe James)

Why the Church Cannot Afford to Be Either Conservative or Progressive, by Joe James, the education minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas.Being a minister in 2016 presents a host of challenges. But perhaps the most difficult line for pastors to walk is in translating two … [Read More...]

Are You Living the 25/8 Week?

As in 25 hours per day and 8 days per week, which is a way of saying, too much too much too much. Too often too often too often. Deep in the heart of God is Sabbath, a day of rest. 24 hours, not just Sunday morning, but one whole day. Sundown to sundown.A day of rest.Rob Muthiah has a new … [Read More...]

Going to Camp Boredom

Molly Jo Rose: On my desk sits a stack of flyers for summer day camps. The options are mind-numbing: Superhero camp, Inventor’s camp, Minecraft camp, STEM camp, even camp for kids who like to run. The thought of weeding through them is paralyzing, so I have made the executive decision not to. The c … [Read More...]