How should Christians view achieving fame, status, and honor? In the ancient world, males were especially addicted to achieving as much fame and honor as possible.  This honor was pursued along what was known as the cursus honorum. The cursus honorum was the path to achieve this status.  It would be nice if the present world didn’t suffer from this unhealthy approach to life, but we know it all too well. Paul has some subversive and important words to Christians in the ancient world… Read more

By Mike Glenn One of the hottest musical artists in the nation right now is Chris Stapleton. His recent song, “Tennessee Whiskey” and the album it was on, “Traveler,” sold over 2 million copies. The song is a well-played twist on the typical Nashville drinking song. Instead of drinking, Stapleton sings to his wife that he’s quit drinking to get “high on your love all of the time.” That was 2015. When the song first came out, everyone wanted to… Read more

I’ve been quite busy this last week – so I’m posting a lightly edited repeat of an older post. This is one I really think we need to take to heart. Quite awhile ago now Alister McGrath published a short book well worth reading: Doubting: Growing Through the Uncertainties of Faith. At one point in this book he makes the following observation: It is very common for Christians to find themselves isolated at work or ridiculed for their faith. They… Read more

What does it mean to pray that “thy kingdom come”? We are looking at Philip Ziegler, Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology. It is eschatological, it is theological, and it is christological, and opens with theological abstraction that becomes more clear as the chapter proceeds: In short, I suggest that praying “Thy Kingdom Come’ faithfully means inhabiting an eschatological field shaped decisively by both christological and apocalyptic coordinates, and that petitioning God in just this way… Read more

I’ve been asked by at least fifty different people, both in person and via the Internet, what I think about what happened at Willow Creek Community Church. Which means I’m asked “Scot, you were part of the church for almost a decade, so what do you think happened?” What I think can be reduced to this simple assertion: Willow Creek Community Church, including Bill Hybels, the Elders, and now lead pastor Heather Larson and lead teaching pastor Steve Carter, have… Read more

Genesis 1-11 is primeval history and theological history. It plays an important role in the narrative of Genesis.  It sets the stage for what is to come … Abraham, Israel, the kingdoms and prophets, exile and return, the front story for the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus and now the church.  John Walton and Tremper Longman agree that the stories in the primeval history have roots in historical happenings, but the details of the events themselves are of… Read more

Ben Davis is a student in our MA in New Testament Context program at Northern Seminary; he lives in Wichita with Lauren and their son Henry. Christians in America have a Trump problem. One considerably large group of Christians, mostly evangelicals and some conservative Catholics, are the unmovable cornerstone of Trump’s political base. To them, Donald Trump is one of God’s chosen characters in the master plan of salvation-history – a modern King Cyrus, as one commentator put it –… Read more

Before touring Turkey, Greece, and Pompeii-Rome with our Northern Seminary MA in New Testament students, I posted on this new book and I want to resume — by way of refreshing and addition — that series today. Eric Seibert, in his new book, Disarming the Church, takes up the same big topic — violence and the church and the Christian and Jesus — and offers a pastoral theology of non violence with responses to claims for violence in the church. This… Read more

Recently I was interviewed by a Christian college Dean of Faculty who is doing research on faculty productivity — what makes some productive in writing while others, having shown all kinds of promise and success in their PhD, can’t seem to get the articles or books completed? Having never done any kind of research for such a question and never having read even a research article on it, I both wondered why he would ask me and decided to distinguish… Read more

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; 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

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