The President’s Silence

Kirsten Powers: (RNS) It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. On June 10, the barbaric extremists called the Islamic State captured the city of Mosul. By mid-July, they issued an edict to the Christians who [Read More...]

Rick Warren and Rwanda

Source: Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and author of The Purpose Driven Life, announced plans earlier this week at a press conference in Kigali, Rwanda, to host an unprecedented gathering of pastors and church leaders from all 54 African nations in conjunction with a national day of Thanksgiving next year. The [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 16 August 2014

Is there a better looking, more comfortable bus stop? Go Jackie Robinson West! Vicki Beeching, finding peace after coming out: Also at CT. Coming out can be incredibly hard for gay people to do – the fear of how family and friends will react often delays announcement for years, or even decades. But for Vicky [Read More...]

Women, Bibles, Translations

From Arise newsletter, by Kristin Gatza: Born and raised in Chicago, Kristin Gatza moved to Arizona, where she received a BA in biblical studies. She is currently a student at Fuller Theological Seminary working towards her MA in theology with an emphasis in language. When not in the classroom, Kristin is known as a frequent [Read More...]

The Sin is Mammonolatry (by John Frye)

“The irony of wealthy followers of Jesus cannot be ignored” writes Scot McKnight in the SGBC: Sermon on the Mount (204).  This sentence bifurcates the section Listen to the Story [Matthew 6:19-24] and this section contains some of the most profound, heart-felt, transformative writing in the commentary. The rhythms of a pastor’s heart beat in [Read More...]

Rowan Williams on Eucharist

To be a Christian, Rowan Williams says, “means to live as people who know they are always guests — that have been welcomed and that they are wanted” (Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer). Or, “In Holy Communion, Jesus Christ tells us that he wants our company” (41). “Jesus created fellowship wherever he went” and he [Read More...]

Other than the Name?

Source, with the final comment being incomprehensible: There is only one road, a few houses and a farm. But the French hamlet La Mort aux Juifs, about 70 miles south of Paris, has attracted international attention. Translated, the hamlet’s name reads, “Death to Jews.” For centuries, nobody really seemed to care about it. This changed [Read More...]

2014 in Ferguson

CNN: Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) – While Michael Brown appeared to tussle with an officer before he was shot dead, he didn’t enter the police cruiser as authorities claim he did, two witnesses told CNN. The women’s accounts corroborate that of a previous witness, all three of whom said the officer fatally shot the unarmed teen. Police [Read More...]

Pre-Adamism and Hermeneutics (RJS)

Several years ago I read and posted on David Livingstone’s book Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. This is a book I enjoyed reading, so it was a real pleasure to meet David at the Evolution and Christian Faith Workshop last month, and to have an opportunity to talk about the [Read More...]

The Kingdom and AA 12-Steps (by T)

This series on the gospel of the kingdom and Alcoholics’ Anonymous 12 step program is by T, our lawyer friend who has been part of this blog since we began. The King Jesus Gospel  & AA– 1 I think being raised Southern Baptist has helped give me a lifelong curiosity in ‘the gospel’ and evangelism [Read More...]

Mark Regnerus’ Newest Study (a graph)

Source: New survey research shows that Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to hold permissive views on other sexual morality issues, such as divorce and pornography, similar to the general population and far different from Christians who support traditional marriage. The “Relationships in America” survey, conducted by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, [Read More...]

God and Laughter (by Sara Barton)

The guy sitting next to me on the flight from Chicago to LA was friendly . . .  congenial . . . jolly is probably the appropriate word for this guy.  We were flying Southwest, where seats are not assigned, so when I freely chose the seat next to him, he made a self-deprecating joke [Read More...]

Well-Versed Inerrancy

In a book where the biggest terms are the last two, Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy, the problem is the word “biblical.” If this adjective means “inerrancy of the Bible” we haven’t much of a problem. But even this raises a problem I have with the book: a biblical view of inerrancy ought to be about [Read More...]

The Impact of Bad News

Source: A terrifying jihadist group is conquering and butchering its way across big swaths of Iraq and Syria. Planes are falling out of the sky on what seems like a weekly basis. Civilians are being killed in massive numbers in the Israel-Gaza conflict. Others are falling prey to Ebola in West Africa. The world, in [Read More...]

Oh The Destruction We Can Wreak (RJS)

Last month I introduced a new book Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis by Jonathan Moo and Robert White (courtesy of the publisher, IVP Academic) and promised a series of posts. Jonathan Moo is an assistant professor of biblical studies at Whitworth University in Spokane Washington. According to his biography at the Faraday [Read More...]

Rowan Williams on the Bible

The subject of this blog for the last week has been on the Bible and the claim of its inerrancy, so it is the right time to look at Rowan Williams’ chapter on the Bible in his little book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. In the chapter’s first paragraph we read, “One of the things [Read More...]

Michael Brown, RIP

A young black man is dead. The evidence is not clear to all, but there is certainly no reason for an unarmed man with his hands in the air to be fired upon by police. Source: Family members say he was a recent graduate of nearby Normandy High School and was going to begin classes [Read More...]