The Rest of the Story Part Three: Put Rest in Your Story For the past few years, I’ve written and curated a weekly column on Scot’s blog, and I’ve done that for one main reason. Scot’s blog is read by thousands of pastors each week. And I know we pastors need all the help we can get. The Church guru, Dr. Thom Rainer, did a survey sometime back, asking church members just what their expectations were for their pastors. He… Read more

Mike Bird: First, the New Testament is part of the generated tradition of the early church, an account of its story-telling, teaching, and ministry. We find evidence in the New Testament for units of instruction being orally transmitted to the nascent churches by the apostles. In the Pauline churches, this included the story of the gospel (1 Cor 15:3–5), Jesus’s last supper with his disciples (1 Cor 11:23–26), and a general body of Christian teachings (Rom 6:17). Indeed, Paul tells… Read more

I recently received, courtesy of the publisher, a copy of a new book due for release in a week: Mere Science and Christian Faith by Greg Cootsona. Greg has BA from Berkely (overlapping with my years on campus as a Ph.D. student), an MDiv from Princeton, a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, and decades of experience working with emerging adults (defined as 18 to 30 year-old) at a number of different churches.  Currently Greg leads STEAM, (i.e. Science and… Read more

It’s Lent so it’s a good time to repent, to turn from our sins and to receive the grace of God’s transformative forgiveness. It’s also a good time to turn to 1 Clement’s call to humility, which means a good time to see the examples of humility in the Bible’s story (according to Clement of Rome). What is his focus in their good examples? Read further. Our series on the Friday With Our Fathers (FWOF), using Michael Holmes, The Apostolic… Read more

From Christian Today: An ancient mosaic that ascribes divinity to Jesus Christ is set to go on display for the first time. The ‘God Jesus Christ’ mosaic stands as one of the earliest-known testaments to early Christian belief in the divinity of Christ. It was found in 2005 through excavations completed by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the University of Tel Aviv, exploring the ancient grounds beneath the British-built Megiddo Prison in northern Israel. The writing, dated to the year… Read more

Why are there four Gospels? Why do some combine them into a single narrative, a harmony? Why do some find in minute differences a world of meaning? Why are some in the Bible and not others? If you need an introduction to such questions, and many others, here is an accessible book for you. Francis Watson is making a name for himself as an expert on the Gospels and why there were four of them. His big book was called… Read more

From Mike Bird: Second, we need to acknowledge that there is, quite sadly, a discernible bias against the word “tradition” in our English Bibles. The Greek word paradosis and verbal cognates are often translated as “teaching” or “instruction” when describing what the apostles taught, but the same Greek word gets translated as “tradition” when referring to something attributed to the Pharisees, Jewish teachers, or pagan philosophy. Think about that, it means that our translations are prejudiced because they associate “tradition” with legalism,… Read more

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. BCP Read more

Now Jordan Bohannon shows what college basketball can be: Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon had a chance to break Iowa’s all-time record for consecutive free throws made in the Hawkeyes’ Sunday night game against Northwestern. Bohannon had made 34 straight free throws, tying the record held by the late Chris Street. Street was an Iowa legend, but he was killed in a car accident in 1993, three days after he had hit his 34th consecutive free throw. Bohannon has grown close with… Read more

A Gold Star Opportunity for anyone who can tell us what the title of this new edition of one of my books is! Read more

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