The Yin-Yang of Contextualization (Jackson Wu)

Jackson Wu (PhD, SEBTS) teaches theology and missiology in a seminary for Chinese church leaders. Previously, he also worked as a church planter. He has just released his second book One Gospel for All Nations: A Practical Approach to Biblical Contextualization. In addition to his blog,, follow him on Twitter @jacksonwu4china. The male students in my class agreed, “The [Read More...]


The author of this blog post is a missionary in North Africa with Pioneer Bible Translators. She, along with her husband and two little girls, lives on the outskirts of a refugee camp working to facilitate disciple-making, Bible translation and mother tongue literacy among two least-reached Muslim groups. Her favorite things about North Africa include [Read More...]

Church Refugees 1: Ethan’s Story

The essence of “church refugees,” or the “dechurching of the former intensely involved church leaders,” is “they’re finding ways to be the church outside of the institution” (27). I quote from Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope’s Church Refugees as I set off on a series on this book, one that has solid and rigorous sociological data at [Read More...]

Coffee Berry Borer Begone!

Elahe Izadi: This is the coffee berry borer, and it must be stopped. Image These insects are considered the coffee world’s most devastating pest; infestations can slash a crop yield by up to 80 percent. The beetles don’t just use the coffee for food; they burrow into coffee beans and spend their lives inside. Caffeine typically repels insects, [Read More...]

In Green Bank Put it Away

Source: Mountain Turnpike twists through dense oak, hickory and spruce trees and keeps winding, like a slithering snake, through the mountains that separate Virginia and West Virginia. But on a clear day, looking south from the Monongahela National Forest, what looks like a giant white Lego structure emerges from this sea of green. And that’s [Read More...]

A Matter of Interpretation (RJS)

Part II of Gary N. Fugle’s new book Laying Down Arms to Heal the Creation-Evolution Divide looks at prominent questions that concern many Christians arising from the evidence for the age of the earth (4.5 billion years) and by evolutionary biology. Gary Fugle (Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara) is a Christian who spent many years as [Read More...]

The Confederate Flag and the Christian: 2 or 3 Questions

Coming home from church Sunday Kris and I ended up behind a truck in our village with two flags flapping in the wind — big flags not those dinky ones that hang out windows. The Stars and Stripes, and a Confederate flag. Equally displayed. One couldn’t help but think the driver was flouting recent decisions [Read More...]

Birth Order Theory

Abby Ohlheiser: Was your insanely successful older sibling born to achieve? Is your youngest child pre-programmed to seek the limelight? Nope, says a massive new study analyzing the traits of 377,000 high school students. At least, the study says, not enough to make any practical difference. In the end, researchers found that first-born children have a [Read More...]

Crowdpounding Franklin Graham or Otherwise?

It’s now well-known — it’s all over the webs and blogs: Franklin Graham said some things that unleashed two kinds of response: hate him or love him! I have read two — and only two — sorts of response: Some have grabbed the worst statements he made and called him names or said he broke [Read More...]

Universalism and Freedom (by Jeff Cook)

Universalism and Freedom  (Jeff Cook) I get to begin with a celebration! This is the last official work I am doing to promote Everything New: Reimagining Heaven and Hell. Most sane authors don’t spend 7 years on a project, but this one was worth it to me. For those who read it, thank you! Now, to the [Read More...]

From the Most Violent to Most Peaceful State in the USA

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Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who [Read More...]

Do We Need the New Testament? A Review

John Goldingay. Do We Need the New Testament?: Letting the Old Testament Speak for Itself. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015. ISBN 978-0-8308-2469-4. Review by Michael C Thompson, doctoral student at Northern Seminary. Every now and then a book comes along that grabs your attention just by the topic or, as in this case, the title. Do [Read More...]

Our Thoughts and Prayers

From CNN: (CNN) The four joined the Marines to serve their country, willing to go to dangerous lands out of a sense of duty, idealism and patriotism. And three of them did so, risking their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ultimately, the men died together on home turf, in Chattanooga, Tennessee…. [And also we think [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 18 July 2015

Memories, but not too many things at once, from Chris Benderev: It argues that when we let multiple memories come to mind simultaneously, those memories immediately lock into a fierce competition with each other. The milk and the phone call fight to each be remembered more than the other. “When these memories are tightly competing [Read More...]

5 Reasons to Walk

From Cleveland Clinic: People who walk regularly swear by the health and psychological benefits of their daily jaunt. Here are five reasons why they’re right. 1. Walking reduces stress, cheers you up and increases self-esteem 2. You can lose weight by walking just 30 minutes a day 3. Regular walking lowers blood pressure, improves sleep [Read More...]

Top Ten Reasons for Pastors to Avoid Politics

By John Stackhouse: and he has a link at the site where he explains his view more completely. What do you think? TOP 10 REASONS PASTORS SHOULD AVOID POLITICS 10. Because no one trained you properly to get involved with politics—and a little seminar, however exciting, won’t make up for that yawning deficit. (Do you think politicians [Read More...]