Generosity Culture Anyone?

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A Civil Disagreement (RJS)

I recently received a copy of a new book courtesy of the publisher, Old-Earth or Evolutionary Creation edited by Kenneth Keathley (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), J. B. Stump (BioLogos) and Joe Aguirre (Reasons to Believe). This is an unusual book – it isn’t a polemical defense of a view. The contributors, despite very real disagreements,  [Read More…]

Journalism, Tough Issues, Jonathan Merritt

How to Write About Tough Topics Without Rankling Readers, by Jonathan Merritt “How we talk about God matters because how we talk always matters: language does more to us and for us than we know.” This wise warning from Lauren Winner alerts us to the importance of paying attention to what we say. You do [Read More…]

When the Preacher Has Doubts

Last week’s blog in this column was by my former preaching intern Mitch East, and Mitch was making the point that sometimes doubt can be seen as “trendy” and something people pursue to be on inside of what C.S. Lewis calls “the inside circle.” And I’ve been in ministry long enough to know that’s sometimes [Read More…]

Did Luther and Calvin Get Paul Wrong?

The New Perspective on Paul rests on a set of historical and theological conclusions, none more important than arguing that Judaism per se was not “late” Judaism and was not a works-righteousness religion. Many Christian scholars were awakened by the Holocaust and the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls to re-engage the core themes of Judaism. [Read More…]

What Eugene Peterson Does Not Care About

Source: What Eugene Peterson doesn’t care about Celebrity culture It has been mentioned many times, and it is true, that Peterson really struggled with the celebrity status which the publication of The Message thrust upon him. On one of my visits I witnessed him thinking of creative ways he could dodge a Christian media organisation that was [Read More…]

God’s Absence (RJS)

As Christians we are taught much about the presence of God in creation and in our lives. Less is said about God’s absence in creation. Justo L. González ([Creation] The Apple of God’s Eye) digs into both God’s presence and God’s absence.  There is much that we could discuss in these two short chapters, but [Read More…]

Greg Boyd Adjusts Martin Luther

In perhaps Greg Boyd’s deftest of moves, the theology of the cross of Luther is both absorbed by Boyd but centralized even more than Luther’s version. In so doing, Greg Boyd virtually contends — with proddings from Alister McGrath — Luther’s theology of the cross was not consistently applied by Luther. All of this is [Read More…]

What are They Saying about the Bible?

“What are they saying about…?” is the leading question for an older series of books that introduced readers and students (and those who didn’t have time to read all the major books and scholars) to a discipline. Reliable summaries of scholarship are a gold mine for the student, but no better gold mine is deeper [Read More…]

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet during the Sermon on the Mount

The question is about where to sit so one can get the best view of Jesus and hear every word. This is what Jonathan Pennington is doing in his new book The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing. I like Pennington’s book because it makes me think and because it takes direct aim at a [Read More…]

O Lord, Mercifully Receive

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 15 July 2017

Fun news item WTTW: JULIA GRIFFIN: It was a routine patrol for a Sri Lankan naval team Tuesday morning, when they spotted something unusual bobbing among the ocean waves, not a bird or a boat, but rather a fully grown Asian elephant, struggling to stay afloat nearly 10 miles offshore. Elephants are some of the best [Read More…]

The Heartbeat of God

By John Frye Eugene H. Peterson writes, “It surprises me when pastor friends are indifferent or hostile to poets. More than half our Scriptures were written by poets. … The first thing a poet does is slow us down. We cannot speed-read a poem. …When we are reading prose we are often in control, but [Read More…]

Developing a Culture of Generosity

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Eugene Peterson’s Retraction

Christianity Today, by Kate Shellnutt: A day after a Religion News Service interview portrayed retired pastor and author Eugene Peterson as shifting to endorse same-sex marriage, the evangelical leader retracted his comment and upheld the traditional Christian stance instead. “To clarify, I affirm a biblical view of marriage: one man to one woman. I affirm [Read More…]

The Seeds of Life (RJS)

Can These Bones Live? This is the question posed in Chapters 10 and 11 of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology where he gives a brief overview of the chemical requirements for the origin of life. A more recent book, A World From Dust: How the Periodic [Read More…]

Greg Boyd and the God of the Cross

Greg Boyd focuses his book on God — that is, on theology proper. How we understand God, A.W. Tozer said a million times, determines everything.  So a critical element of Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God is how he understands God. How does he? At the cross. His God is the Cruciform God, and that means [Read More…]