Sermon-makers are Person-makers

Sermon-makers as Person-makers, by John Frye I have a 1961 paperback edition of A Treasury of Prayer by E. M. Bounds that I now keep together with rubber bands. Like A. W. Tozer’s writings, there is a depth to this little compendium on prayer that I had no category to appreciate as a young believer [Read More…]

The Flood (RJS)

Although we think about the flood as a staple Sunday school tale, it is rather gruesome. We have not a cute progression of animals trekking to safety two by two, but a tale of utter destruction – of the undoing of creation as related in Genesis 1-5.  Who would put a picture like the one [Read More…]

Resisting the Powers

One of the most stimulating developments in NT studies is the arise of scholarship that argues there is a (mostly implicit) subversion of the powers, and those powers are centralized in Rome — and hence many have discovered that the NT is loaded with anti-imperial criticism. Some of us have said the rise of this conclusion [Read More…]

Household Liturgies (by Jonathan Storment)

By Jonathan Storment For the past few weeks, I have been blogging through James K.A. Smith’s great little book “You Are What You Love” and today I want to focus on one of the most moving chapters for me personally. The big idea behind Smith’s book is from Augustine, that we are what we love, [Read More…]

The Genes Agree – The Answer Is No (RJS)

No, evolution isn’t a theory in trouble. There is ample evidence for common descent and evolution by natural selection. The last posts on Robert Asher’s book Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist considered fossil evidence for evolution. Dr. Asher is a specialist in mammalian evolution as evidenced in the fossil record, Curator of [Read More…]

Questions about Bible Reading

It is common to say — I’ve said it many times — that the Bible is more available to more people today than ever and read no more than at any time in church history. At any rate, for all its availability it’s not known or quoted as much as it ought to be. Some [Read More…]

What Women and Men Want: Comparison over Decades

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The Silence of Complementarians on Slavery

Kevin Giles, an Australian, has served as an Anglican parish minister for over forty years. He has been publishing on the substantial equality of the sexes since 1975 and is a foundation member of CBE International. He holds a doctorate in New Testament studies and has published books on the church, church health, ministry in [Read More…]

DeYoung’s 9Marks of Complementarianism

Recently, Kevin DeYoung, a pastor, author and leader in The Gospel Coalition, posted at TGC’s site on the 9 marks of healthy biblical complementarianism, and today I will respond to his points in italics  — left in their original context and you can go to the link to see the original post and the comments there. [Read More…]

Harriet Tubman!

AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will stand with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin as among the iconic faces of U.S. currency. The $20 bill will be redesigned with Tubman’s portrait on the front, marking two historic milestones, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday. She [Read More…]

A Prayer

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with [Read More…]

Evangelicals and Catholics, Evangelical Catholics?

Chris Castaldo was raised on Long Island, New York where he worked full-time in the Catholic Church. Chris previously served as a pastor at College Church of Wheaton and then as Director of the Ministry of Gospel Renewal at Wheaton College. He is now Lead Pastor at New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. The following [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 23 April 2016

Good deed of the week, from AP: GUN BARREL CITY, Texas (AP) — A customer eating alone at a Texas restaurant left a big surprise behind for an 18-year-old waitress — a $1,000 tip. Alesha Palmer says she was so stunned by the gift she began crying in the middle of Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant in [Read More…]

Air Pollution Ranking — by City

CNN: Several California cities ranked high on the ALA’s air pollution offenders list, with Los Angeles coming in at No. 1 for ozone pollution. Bakersfield ranked at the top for particle pollution, which can increase risk of cardiovascular and lung issues. Here are the top 10 cities with the worst ozone or particle pollution: 1. [Read More…]

When do you become an Adult?

Julie Beck: And his path was not atypical of the 19th century, at least for a white man in the United States. Young people often went through periods of independence interspersed with periods of dependence. If that seems surprising, it’s only because of the “myth that the transition to adulthood was more seamless and smoother [Read More…]

Preach — but Pastorally, Please

By John Frye Last time I mentioned that good biblical communicators cannot be mass-produced just as Michelin Star chefs cannot be run off an assembly line. The art of pastoral preaching, in particular, is like a fingerprint in that no two pastors (must) preach the same. Why is that? The art of pastoral preaching is [Read More…]

Is Bonhoeffer More Relevant than Known?

Bonhoeffer for today: He is relevant but is he known? by Diane Reynolds A $9.99 kindle edition of The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer can be found at For a limited time (April 8-30, 2016) Wipf and Stock Publishers is offering 40%-off retail from their website. Just use discount code DOUBLEB To enter [Read More…]