Barbers Doing Double-Duty

Perry Stein: There are  26 barbers and stylists at The Shop in Hyattsville, Md. Between them, they cut the hair of more than 100 people each day. That’s around 600 people each week, 31,000 heads each year. Over the last two years, 29 of  those customers received a colonoscopy as a direct result of conversations they had with their barbers at [Read More...]

Repainting Hell: C.S. Lewis and N.T. Wright (by Jeff Cook)

One of the features of this blog I like is the inclusion of disparate voices. I, Scot McKnight, am not the only voice; RJS is another voice; John Frye, Jonathan Storment, and Jeff Cook are other voices. And others send me posts and we post them to give yet more voices a platform to create [Read More...]

Is Heaven Vital for Morality or Not?

You may well recall the famous scene in Les Miserables in which Jean Valjean comes clean in public to take the place of another who was in fact on trial instead of himself (Valjean). The scene poses the moral theory called altruism, that is, that one does what is good for others in a disinterested manner. It [Read More...]

Church of the Redeemer: Thanks

As some of you know, my new book A Fellowship of Differents is dedicated to our local fellowship, the Church of the Redeemer, and our two leaders and their spouses (Jay and Susan Greener, Amanda Holm and Erik Rosengren), Today, after our worship time, Church of the Redeemer very generously provided copies of the book for [Read More...]

Secularization Theory Debunked

Sarah Pulliam Bailey: By 2050, the number of Muslims around the world will nearly equal the number of Christians. Pew projections suggest that Muslims will make up nearly one-third of the world’s population of about 9 billion people. “The culture of the West is going to become increasingly nonreligious at the same time the culture in [Read More...]

A Prayer for Nepal

Our merciful and listening Father, In whose Son’s cries in Gethsemane our intercessions come before you in full love, We join our concerns and compassions in your Son’s for those who have died, who are suffering, and who are tending those who suffer, And we pray for mercy and speedy relief; Who with you and [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week:

O God, Whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; Who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, One God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Revival Sermon Lines: Discuss

From Billy Sunday, who in a revival sermon used a long-listed set of terms for communism and its communist leaders they were seeing in proponents for labor unions: Billy Sunday claimed that “weasel-eyed, hog-jowled, good-for-nothing, God-forsaken, iniquitous, rapacious buffoons and charlatans, and mountebanks and poltroons and marplots and moral perverts” had deceived the working class. [Read More...]

Praying for Nepal

CNN: Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN)A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, toppling homes, temples and historic buildings and leaving at least 1,457 people dead, authorities said. Afterward, whole streets and squares in the nation’s capital and largest city were covered in rubble. The injured wound up [Read More...]

The Kingdom and Lipscomb

April 22 and 23 I was down at Lipscomb University at the sponsorship of Missio Alliance and Lipscomb’s fine Bible and theology department in the Hazelip School of Theology for an evening discussion of A Fellowship of Differents, and then a double morning session on Kingdom Conspiracy. The two sessions on the 23d featured a panel discussion with [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 25 April 2015

Men vs. women on friends or one friend, by A. Pawlowski: When things get tough, do you turn to your BFF or a coalition of buddies for emotional support? Making friends is a crucial part of the human experience, but just like many aspects of life, it turns out men and women have distinct preferences [Read More...]

What are “Vain Repetitions”? (John Frye)

Vain Repetition? Really? (by John Frye) When I was a new Christian I was immersed in a very conservative Bible-oriented church. Unfettered legalism was peddled as godliness. For example, we, as teens, weren’t allowed to drink soda from cans (bottles were being phased out for soda) because others might think we were drinking beer. Alcohol [Read More...]

Grace: Two Misunderstandings Reframed

Grace can be a word that tells the whole story of the gospel and the Christian faith; it can also be used to distort the whole story. Some people use the term “grace” to put the hammer down on people — something I call “grace grinding” — while others turn most everything into grace. [This [Read More...]

One.Life in Korean

One of the red calendar days around here is when one of the books appears in a translation. Here is One.Life in Korean. [Read more...]

Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture (RJS)

Following up on a comment on my post last Thursday, I ordered and have begun to read Walter Moberly’s book Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture.  Christian faith is rooted in the Hebrew Bible, our Old Testament. On the road to Emmaus Jesus said to two downhearted followers: “How foolish you [Read More...]

American Evangelicals and the American Apocalypse

I was nurtured in the kind of American faith that was utterly convinced that the Rapture or the Second Coming — in essence, Judgment Day — was coming soon, if not very soon, and it was a good thing to be on the right side, which we were. While our pastor did not regal us [Read More...]

“Angry Atheist”: A Stereotype?

Yes, says Amanda Marcotte: And I wonder if she would admit the same about evangelicals and fundamentalists and political conservatives? The fact is, shrill voices find a way to be heard.  And public voices who are shrill become the well-known voice of the atheist, not least Christopher Hitchens or Sam Harris. The stereotype of the [Read More...]