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Scribe or Prophet?

Marilynne Robinson's gift must be the ability to think about the life of a pastor though she is neither a pastor nor the daughter of a pastor. But somehow she gets to the heart of so much of what pastoring is in her deft conversations between Ames and Boughton, especially in Gilead (p. 142 below [image]). This is one of my favorite scenes/paragraphs in her many about the pastoral life, and this paragraph, which I will break up a bit, probes into the easy-criticism of many today of the c … [Read More...]

Time for Seminary? Join us.

What is happening at Northern Seminary these days is so exciting. I am right now reading papers of my students and I am so grateful to see the quality of their papers -- excellent command of background sources as students work to show how that background informs both what the Bible says and what that means for church life today.Think about joining our new Master's program in New Testament where we will focus on how the context informs the Bible and how that context-shaped understanding can … [Read More...]

Knuckle Popper?

Are you a knuckle popper? (I am.)From Sarah Knapton:The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be beneficial to health.For decades researchers have debated what causes the unpleasant sound and argued about whether knuckle cracking could cause joint problems like arthritis.Now a new study from the University of Alberta suggests that when mus … [Read More...]

Is “No Tears in Heaven” Desirable?

Here's how he sums up the problem: Let's face it, the Christian notion that heaven will wipe away all tears is a staggering thought. If heaven is real, no doubt there are many rapists, murderers, and terrorists who will be there along with their victims. Is this idealistic nonsense? Is it a moral … [Read More...]

If I Wrote an Intro to the Bible Text

I have no plans to write an introduction to the Bible textbook, but if I did it would complement lectures, overlapping at times, lead students to read the Bible more and encourage them to see the grandeur of the Bible. The major idea for each chapter would have this approach: Here's something to … [Read More...]

Andy Stanley and the Safest Place

Source:Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the "safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction."... "We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or … [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

O God,Whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread:Open the eyes of our faith,That we may behold him in all his redeeming work;Who lives and reigns with you,In the unity of the Holy Spirit,One God, now and for ever.Amen. … [Read More...]

America’s Greatest Evangelist? Whitefield (with Thomas Kidd)

George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father?!Thomas Kidd is Professor of History at Baylor University.  Kidd is the author or editor of many works in the field of early American history.  His latest book, George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father framed this inter … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 18 April 2015

Our daughter, Laura, taught Jewel Loyd in 1st grade, and this is one wonderful story about Jewel, Notre Dame basketball star and now headed to the WNBA:Image: Getty ImagesNews flash! Jewel was the #1 pick in the WNBA draft -- she goes to Seattle. She will be joined by UConn's Kaleena … [Read More...]

Jesus’ Deepest Pain (by John Frye)

Jesus’ Deepest PainThe Church has once again recently celebrated the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead. Resurrection in mid-history was a breakthrough concept that stunned the people of God. The lead-up to “He is risen!”is, of course, “Crucify him!”We contemplate the horror of “Good … [Read More...]

A Wheaton Prof’s “Political Disciple”

One of the most significant topics in America today, even if rarely talked about intelligently (but often talked about anyway), is political theology. What does it mean to be a "disciple" and to participate "politically"? Is there a "theology of the public life?"Gene Green at Wheaton is the … [Read More...]

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Jak & Co

Perry Stein:D.C. native Latosha Jackson-Martin wants the blunt sign she posted outside her father’s 50-year-old hair salon in Bloomingdale to remind residents that the neighborhood they see today isn’t the way it always was. “Due to ‘gentrification’ and mixed emotions Jak and Company Hairdresser … [Read More...]

More From Iain Provan on “Dangerous” Religion (RJS)

We recently finished a long series on Iain Provan's new book Seriously Dangerous Religion. The final post (Dangerous or Not? ... We Can't Ignore Joshua) touched on an issue that concerns many in discussions of the Old Testament. I outlined Provan's approach as I saw it in the book and offered some … [Read More...]

A Big One about the Afterlife

Any one who has counseled the grieving -- as a parent, as a sibling, as a child, as a pastor, as a friend, as a neighbor -- anyone, in other words, who has done so has been asked this question: Will I recognize my loved ones? Will they recognize me? Will we know one another?There are some who … [Read More...]

Acetaminophen: More Than We Thought

Source:(CNN)Feeling so happy you just can't stand it? You might want to pop some acetaminophen.A new study has found that acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, most forms of Midol and more than 600 other medicines, reduces not only pain but pleasure, as well. The authors of the … [Read More...]

Big Gov on Big Tax Day

Philip Bump:With Tax Day only two weeks away (haha, happy Monday morning!), it seems like an appropriate time to entertain a common non-Tax-Day-specific gripe: government is expensive and big and pays for things I don't want. Very good; complaining about taxes and the size of government is … [Read More...]


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