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 [Read More…]

One Sentence is Worth the Price of this Book!

ONE SENTENCE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF THE BOOK! By David George Moore. Dave blogs regularly at www.twocities.org and his videos, which are designed “to make people see,” are at www.mooreengaging.com. My subject line sounds ridiculous, but one sentence is full of so many implications I felt comfortable putting it down.   I have never read [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 27 August 2016

This is a story about my driver too, and I feel about it the way Jeff Ritter does: Each of the major clubmakers had a spot on the range, as they still do today, and that’s where I had my first Sasquatch sighting. A bogey golfer, I found the square crown so outrageous, I forgot [Read More…]

David Gushee’s Prediction, Roger Olson’s Response

Roger Olson: But the real “meat” of Gushee’s essay seems to be something else and more than that rather obvious claim about disappearing middle ground. Throughout most of the essay he seems to be announcing that people, including conservative Christians, who continue to resist granting full equality to LGBT people even in private religious organizations [Read More…]

J.R. Daniel Kirk, A Man Attested by God

John Frye’s review of A Man Attested by God, part one. Like many pastors I am intrigued by ongoing scholarship in Jesus studies. Authors like the late Ben F. Meyer, N. T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Larry Hurtado and Richard Bauckman (and many others) keep the Jesus conversation vibrant and fascinating. A new Eerdmans Publishing release is J. [Read More…]

Rethinking Charity

What was called almsgiving in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, what was throughout church history often called charity is now called compassion or social justice. A theology of charity divided with the Reformation — Catholics and Protestants understanding charity remarkably different — but it is worth our efforts to get behind the Reformation debates to a [Read More…]

Why We Gather (RJS)

I had the privilege of attending a Celebration of Life (i.e. memorial service) earlier this summer for my uncle, ’54 MDiv Northern Seminary, for 35 years a bivocational pastor in rural Illinois. Growing up I knew him as my uncle the pastor, this is what shaped his identity.  His work as a teacher and school [Read More…]

Justification is about Unification

So says James Thompson in The Church according to Paul: Rediscovering the Community Conformed to Christ. That is to say, justification transcends personal standing before God and speaks to the unification of Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free, males and females, and barbarians and Scythians in the one Body of Christ, the church. Thompson begins with a [Read More…]

Yes, that’s the central issue that divides

From Roger Olson: Review of New Book about Calvinism and Arminianism: Jerry Walls’s Does God Love Everyone: The Heart of What Is Wrong with Calvinism Yesterday I was asked by bright, eager, young Christian student of theology to identify “the one major difference between Calvinism and Arminianism.” Without hesitation I identified it the way evangelical [Read More…]

Speaking of the Devil

By Jonathan Storment I want to start a series on Spiritual Warfare for the next few weeks. The series is part review of a great new book I read, and part autobiographical on how helpful I find spiritual warfare terminology as a pastor in a local church. Full Disclosure: I go to church with Richard [Read More…]

The Church and the Better Place

John Nugent, in his book Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church, comes now to a decisive point in  his proposal: how does the church related to God’s vision of the “better place”? Recall that Nugent sketches three views, none of which is as robustly biblical as the proposal he offers (and I [Read More…]

A Story Carved In Stone (RJS)

I’ve been reading a new book that uses the geology of the Grand Canyon region to outline the evidence for an ancient earth, The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? This book contains abundant pictures and diagrams to educate the reader about geology and the shortcomings of flood geology. If you have little or no scientific training, and have wondered how geology works and why the overwhelming majority of Christian geologists have little patience with Flood Geology this section is for you. It is informative and easy to read accompanied by great illustrations and pictures. [Read more…]

Introducing Leslie Leyland Fields

This post introduces to Jesus Creed readers one of my favorite authors, Leslie Leyland Fields. Author of numerous books, including Forgiving our Fathers and Mothers as well as Crossing the Waters. She and her family live in Kodiak Alaska and are commercial fishers — on an island off an island! She has taught at Seattle [Read More…]

A Dictionary All Bible Readers Need to Use

We live 2-4,000 years removed from what can be called Bible times. Think just for a minute of all that has changed: Life expectancies, relationships of husbands and wives and children and parents and “citizens” and leaders; food and drink; cultures and religious festivals and worship centers; the relationship of individual and state and of [Read More…]

Church Leaders: Distrust and Obey?

By Michelle Van Loon, patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip at michellevanloon.com There are some very good reasons for church leaders not to trust a congregant. Some are obstructionists, determined to resist all change. Others engage in politicking and clique-forming. Still others enter the church with agendas, addictions, or abusive tendencies. There is wisdom in maintaining good boundaries with a member possessing [Read More…]

(Un)Distorting a Theology of Grace

When it comes to theology and to practice, grace is sometimes ignored. Yes, of course, those who ignore grace believe in it but either their theology or the practice ignores it. Others use grace against others, what I call grace grinding. That is, grace is used to drive home and drill in to another that they are [Read More…]

Baptism, Death, and Funerals

From Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon, Holy Spirit: Stanley is a communicant in a congregation whose baptistery is in the form of a large cross making possible baptism by immersion. … Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Stanley’s church has determined that when a member of the congregation dies, the body is brought to the [Read More…]