Lord, Save Us From a Prooftext Faith (RJS)

Scripture is not a collection of proof-texts, propositions and commandments, to be pulled out on demand to answer our questions and guide our behavior. Scripture is the story of God’s mission in the world. The Gospel writers understood this and conveyed the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in this context. Richard [Read More…]

The Viability of the Old Testament

No one in our culture defends the value of the Old Testament any more than John Goldingay, professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, and one of my favorite OT scholars (even if his books get a bit too long at times). He’s also good at provocation, as can be seen in this title: Do [Read More…]

Dismissing Violence

There are two features of Greg Boyd’s massive study The Crucifixion of the Warrior God that I most appreciate: his squaring with the facts about violence and his relentless push to understand the Bible through the lens of the cruciform nature of God revealed in Christ. You may not like Boyd’s conclusions or theories, but to [Read More…]

Prayer for the Day

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 20 May 2017

Great for the Cubs manager Joe Maddon! From Mark Gonzales: The Respect 90 Foundation started by Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon will donate 1,000 meals to homeless children and families at the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Lodge in Chicago. The gesture was made by Maddon following his 1,000th victory Tuesday night. The Evangeline Booth Lodge [Read More…]

Our DMin Cohort is Filling Up: Act Now

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. There is no DMin degree quite like this one and we are learning that pastors want this kind of contextual shaping kind of study of the New Testament. Think about joining [Read More…]

Comfortably Human

By John Frye “Not one of the disciples dared ask Jesus, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew—‘It’s the Lord.’” I am intrigued by the ambiguity the disciples felt on the shore of Galilee around a breakfast meal cooking on a fire Jesus built (John 21). What’s going on in their heads? They are confident that [Read More…]

Kingdom Roots Interview

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Register for the Webinar at http://www.seminary.edu/sheleadswebinar/ Description: Why have women been silenced & not allowed to lead in the Church? I’ve dedicated part of my life’s work to advocating for empowering women to be part of every sphere of church leadership and work.  This controversial topic always has the potential to be divisive and unproductive.   In [Read More…]

And the Sea Will Be No More? (RJS)

Consider the opening chapter of Genesis. 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 light,” and there was light. God saw that [Read More…]

Loosening the Messiah

Years ago a Beginning Greek student of mine bumped into me in the hallway. I asked him how Greek Exegesis I was going and he said this: “After studying beginning Greek and working hard on the Greek verb luo I expected to find the verb on every page of the Greek New Testament. It hardly ever [Read More…]

Changing the Conversation on the Tech Wise Family

By Jonathan Storment “You never feel completely sad or completely happy. You just feel kinda satisfied with your products. And then you die.” –Louis C.K. It takes seven minutes before a conversation, almost any conversation, gets real. Up until then we are able to talk about sports -“How bout them Cowboys?!!” the weather -“If you [Read More…]

Matthew Bates: When Justification Meets Allegiance

I took a break from Matthew Bates’ exceptional new book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone, because I wanted to follow some other discussions. But I want to post today about his last chapter: Justification and Allegiance Alone. First, Bates anchors justification in union with Christ. For many justification brings us into union with Christ but he shows that [Read More…]

Cause and Effect (RJS)

How should we think about divine action? As Christians we believe in a personal God who acts in relationship with his creatures and to his creation. Christianity is theistic not deistic. But the question of divine action – how God can (or cannot) interact with his creation has become a significant question. We wonder if [Read More…]

Tim Suttle Gets it Right!

By Tim Suttle, reposted with Tim’s permission. Tim is author of the excellent book Shrink. We may be living through a period in history that is every bit as revolutionary as the revolutions of 1848 that swept through Sicily, France, Germany, Italy, and Austria.  In trying to understand this confusing moment in our history I can’t help [Read More…]

What Does “Rejoice in the Lord” Mean?

What is rejoicing supposed to look like in times of trial or loss? [Read more…]

Greg Boyd and the Dark Side of the Bible

After a week break while we were out of country I want to resume blogging about Greg Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God. After sketching the cruciform center of the Bible’s vision and its view of God, Boyd feels the reader is prepared to encounter the “dark side” of the Bible — that is, [Read More…]