First Sunday after The Epiphany

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen. BCP Read more

Weekly Meanderings, 6 January 2018

Kris and I loved this story: When Dade Middle School in South Dallas put out a call for volunteers to help with a “Breakfast with Dads” event, there was a fear there wouldn’t be enough dads for the students. “We were asked to help get some extra guys to stand in as surrogate fathers and mentors for the kids whose dad’s couldn’t make it or don’t have a dad in their life,” Dade SBDM Board President Donald Parish said. On Facebook,… Read more

Questions about Atonement?

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Finding Sabbath Again

By Mike Glenn My trainer calls it “recovery time,” those short breaks he gives you after a particular exercise. You do 15 curls and then, you rest thirty seconds or so before you do your next set. Your muscles, according to my trainer, need about a minute to recover between sets and the more intense the sets, the longer the recovery time. Ultra-athletes, those who run 100 miles or endure an Ironman challenge (swimming, biking, and running) need longer times… Read more

Before Nature (RJS)

I have started reading a new book recommended by John Walton: Before Nature: Cuniform Knowledge and the History of Science by Francesca Rochberg. The book is quite academic and rather expensive (not light reading by any stretch of the imagination). However, it is interesting and very relevant to our ongoing discussions of the interaction between science and scripture. The Old Testament was written into an ancient Near Eastern culture where the identification of “natural” and the division between supernatural and… Read more

CBE Responding To Desiring God

From CBE By Sarah Lindsay On January 02, 2018 In mid-December, an article was published on the Desiring God website titled “Husbands, Get Her Ready for Jesus.” Written by a Philadelphia pastor named Bryan Stoudt, this piece argues that husbands have a responsibility to challenge and correct their wives in order to keep them on course through the path of sanctification. For Stoudt, husbands have a unique responsibility for their wives’ sanctification, a responsibility that wives do not share for their husbands. He… Read more

My Favorite Social Media Warning Book

Her name is Manoush Zomorodi. Her book is called Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self. The book is about the importance of down time, spacing out, day dreaming, and mind wandering to create, to think afresh, to make deeper connections. This is an important book, my favorite when it comes to social media stuff. Especially when it comes to the constant warnings about social media. [Image] The problem is that social media — FB,… Read more

Through the Eyes of Its Creator (RJS)

Tom McLeish focuses on the book of Job in his excursion through Faith & Wisdom in Science. This is not the whole focus – or even the conclusion – but it is the summit. ‘Nature’ plays an important role in the book. Both Job and his friends have an incomplete and/or incorrect view of God’s creation. The friends are sure that creation operates according to God’s justice and the retribution principle. God gives rain to the righteous and drought to… Read more

Main Themes Of The Christian Life

What makes a behavior, a praxis, or a way of life Christian? Is it one that follows the rules? Is there something deeper at the core of it all? What makes something profoundly Christian? It is too easy in our Christian or post-Christian North American world to think our way of life is a Christian way of life. What our way of life is comes from a tradition of practice and socialization and enculturation and discipleship all rolled into one… Read more

Post Seminary Reading Plan: New Testament

I’m starting a series today for post seminary reading. A pastor recently wrote me and asked about what to read now that he is pastoring. He expressed an interest in intellectual challenges for the pastor and for continuing education. I thought five books would be a good number but there’s one problem: perhaps the pastor read one of these books in seminary, so I’ll add a sixth. My specialty is New Testament studies so I will begin there. These are… Read more

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