Lectures Obsolete?

From Christine Gross-Loh:As a doctoral candidate interviewing at a liberal-arts college some years ago, I rambled, waded through pages of notes, and completely lost my train of thought at one point during my job presentation. Even though I was eventually offered the position, I was keenly aware that, despite interviewing for a job in which I’d have to stand in front of students day after day, I’d never been trained in giving a lecture—and it showed. But that lack of training is not unusual; … [Read More...]

Inerrancy: Albert Mohler, Jr.

The word "inerrancy," like the word evangelical, beggars clear and compelling definitions and articulations. Many of inerrancy's proponents don't believe simpler words -- like truth, truthful, trustworthy -- adequately express what is to be believed about the Bible. So there is an Inerrancy Debate, and it is now in an official form: Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy. The editors are J. Merrick and S.M. Garrett, and the contributors, with responses to each of the other essayists, are R. Albert … [Read More...]

A Prayer for You

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 reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever.Amen. … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 23 July 2016

Boom goes Sarah Condon: Several years ago in a galaxy far, far away, in a diocese no one has ever heard of, I attended a conference for parish clergy and the keynote speaker told us we were idiots. Well, he was more subtle than that, but we all felt like idiots when he was done.The speaker was … [Read More...]

Danger of Satire

A steady diet of satire, which seems to have infected Christian social media during this election season, is soul-destroying, especially when one remains anonymous and especially when it goes on indefinitely about the same person.Why do I say this? Satire turns the human gaze against others, … [Read More...]

Tell Her Story

By Mimi Haddad:On Tuesday, July 12, Alvera Mickelsen was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus. Our beloved leader, mentor, mother, and friend died at the age of ninety-seven. A founder of CBE, she was CBE’s first board chair in 1997, worked with grassroots CBE chapters, and served for years as … [Read More...]

What do you believe? Open or Closed?

From Wikipedia's opening paragraph: Open communion is the practice of Christian churches that allow individuals other than members of that church to receive Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper). Many but not all churches that practice open communion require that the … [Read More...]

Books: The Game Changer

By John FryeBook 10 of the ten books that have shaped my life (and ministry) is The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is by Nicholas Thomas Wright. An historian-theologian catapulted me into a dramatically expanded view of Jesus. I concluded after reading this book “Now this is … [Read More...]

Strategies for Churches to Make Women Safe

By Mimi Haddad:Since my first week at Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE), I’ve heard stories from women who have struggled with their faith in God because they were abused by men. These women were emotionally, physically, sexually, and spiritually abused by husbands, fathers, uncles, b … [Read More...]

Barrage of News about Violence on TV

Source:So, what is this [barrage of news about violence] doing to us? It depends on the individual, but living in a digitally linked world where broadcasts of violence are instantaneous and almost commonplace means that many of us are becoming desensitized, Anita Gadhia-Smith, a psychologist in … [Read More...]

A Grand Canyon (RJS)

(Image from Wikipedia: credit) For many years a book, Grand Canyon a Different View was sold at the gift stores in the National Park. This book tells the story of the Grand Canyon from a Young Earth Creationist viewpoint of flood geology. I don't know if it is still being sold at the National Park … [Read More...]

God’s Love Cannot Control

In a previous post we looked at Thomas Jay Oord's sketch of theories of providence -- 1. God is the Omnicause.2. God empowers and overpowers.3. God is voluntarily self-limited.4. God is essentially kenotic. [Oord’s view]5. God sustains as impersonal force.6. God is initial c … [Read More...]

Restoring Dignity

We need a mission to restore dignity, and Mel Lawrenz's editorial in Milwaukee is a good start. Dignity transcends words; dignity can only be embodied, and words that are dis-embodied deny dignity. Blood on the ground produces panic and confusion and rage, but is also an opportunity for moral … [Read More...]

Travis Gettys and a Good Story

Travis Gettys: When police officers were called to investigate a tent set up outside a Georgia college, they didn’t expect to find inspiration.The officers were called July 9 to a campsite near a Gordon State College parking lot, where they found a 19-year-old homeless student staying in a tent … [Read More...]

The Dusty Ones: A Review

By Zane Witcher, university minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene Texas.A couple of months ago, I exited out of a season many of you are familiar with.  It was the closing of one chapter and the opening of the next.  To walk out of the doors of higher education and to the world of … [Read More...]

Making the World a Better Place

In our last post on John Nugent's fine new book, called Endangered Gospel, we saw that Nugent sketches three "visions of a better place," with the fourth and his view not yet articulated.1. The Heaven-Centered View2. The Human-Centered View3. The World-Centered ViewBefore we get to h … [Read More...]

Melania, Michelle and “Source” Criticism

Story after story today has been about the source of Melania Trump's speech. You can see a good graphic of it here.As someone who got his academic chops doing source and redaction criticism on the Gospels, I conclude that Melania's speech owes its origins to Michelle's speech. Or, more nuanced, … [Read More...]