Inerrancy: Michael Bird

America exports its goods giving it a worldwide influence, including its sports — basketball and (American) football and baseball. Of course baseball is played elsewhere, and baseball in the Dominican is special, but these are American-shaped sports. But would a Dominican say baseball is an American sport? (Not on your life.) Is inerrancy a game [Read More…]

Revelation: On Which Pete Enns Nails It

Pete Enns: Every Christian who wants to become a political leader should be forced to study the book of Revelation for a year and then pass a test of one simple question: “True or False: The Christian hope will be realized through political means.” Whoever says “true” should be forced to watch N. T. Wright [Read More…]

And God Said “Let There Be Light” (RJS)

Genesis 1 is a marvelous passage – highly stylized literature if not technically poetry. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be [Read More…]

Inerrancy: Peter Enns

I was at Tyndale House in the early 80s when a well-known evangelical theologian came by to speak about the importance of inerrancy. It was a good and encouraging address, but after the paper a veteran NT scholar leaned over to me and said something like this: “It is easy for systematicians to claim inerrancy [Read More…]

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 [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 [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 [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. [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, even if at first in fun, and learns [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 a CBE board [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 person receiving communion be a baptized Christian, and other requirements [Read More…]

Books: The Game Changer

By John Frye Book 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 a Jesus I would [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, brothers, pastors, or other men close to them. Their abusers [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 Washington, said Friday. “With the frequency of shootings [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 creator and current observer. 7. God’s ways [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 clarity. We are watching it all [Read More…]