Faith in Science (RJS)

I had the opportunity a week ago to join a group of colleagues for breakfast with Tom McLeish. It was a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion. Later that day I ordered copies of Tom’s book Faith and Wisdom in Science (2014) along with his more recent Let There Be Science: Why God Loves Science, and Science Needs God (2017). Tom is Professor of Physics at Durham University. He is a theoretical physicist specializing in soft condensed matter – polymer physics. You… Read more

The Nashville Statement: A Pastoral Approach

My suggestion is that the Nashville Statement is pastorally inadequate. Read more

Are the Egalitarians Trending with the Culture?

By Jeffrey D. Miller says No. On Miller, see here. Complementarian/egalitarian discussions and debates can be complex. Some involve arguments from the finer points of Greek and Hebrew. Others may require an understanding of theological themes that span the entire Bible. Still others require solid grounding in the social sciences. Because of such complexities, I find it refreshing when someone asks a question that is easily answered. The question that forms the title to this blog entry is just such… Read more

Lord of All Power and Might

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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

Weekly Meanderings, 2 September 2017

I am saddened to hear that my friend Michael Cromartie has died of cancer. A noble life. Michael Cromartie, a Washington networker who helped rebrand America’s image of Christian political engagement, has died of cancer at age 67. The news of his death was reported Monday on Twitter and confirmed by colleagues at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), the DC-based conservative think tank where he served for more than 30 years. Cromartie brought Christian thought leaders and secular… Read more

Every Day is Ash Wednesday (Jason Micheli)

By Jason Micheli Ash Wednesday Every Day – Romans 14.1-12 If you’re all caught up on Game of Thrones and Bachelorette in Paradise, and you’re looking for something new to watch, then I suggest you check out Stalker, a dark, dystopian science fiction film from the 1970’s. I discovered it on Netflix after I’d binge-watched all 7 seasons of Californication. Stalker tells the allegory of 3 men who journey across a post-nuclear wasteland. Shrouded in mystery, the character called Stalker guides two other characters, who are cryptically named Writer… Read more

Don’t Underrate Scripture (RJS)

The last post on Old Earth or Evolutionary Creation: Discussing Origins with Reasons to Believe and BioLogos outlined John Walton’s approach to biblical interpretation. Today’s post will summarize the approach taken by Kenneth Samples and Reasons to Believe (hereafter RTB).  In many respects the views of RTB and BioLogos are similar. Both take Scripture seriously and view it as the word of God. As Kenneth Samples puts it “Christianity is built on the truth of divine revelation.” (p. 33) God… Read more

Jesus’ Big Ideas

In Jonathan Pennington’s virtue-ethics-based approach to the Sermon on the Mount, the finest example I have seen of a virtue-ethics approach (see The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing), seven big ideas in the Sermon are sketched. (These in addition to “blessing” and “perfection.”) These amount to Seven Big Ideas of Jesus, especially if one approaches Jesus through the lens of the Synoptic Gospels (with an emphasis on Matthew!) This is a good discussion of the Sermon’s “lexicon” or… Read more

Response to the Nashville Statement

Beside the hubris and irony of their now connecting the Nashville Statement to Nicea, Constantinople, and Chalcedon, a Trinitarian theology many of their signers have not been affirming (with their unorthodox theology on the eternal subordination of the Son), here’s my response: Those we can’t trust for orthodoxy on the Trinity can’t be trusted when it comes to morality. Read more

40 Years Pastoring the Same Church?

By Jimmy Adcox, “Reflections on 40 Years with the Same Church” I can hardly believe I am completing forty years with the same church. In early September of 1977, at the youthful age of 25, my wife and I made the journey from Jackson, Tennessee to our new home with the Southwest Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. With two little boys in tow, we crossed the Mississippi with youthful inexperience and started a journey we never imagined would extend so long… Read more

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