NFL, Extra Points, and Some Changes

What do you think? Source: NFL owners approved the Competition Committee’s proposal on extra points for the 2015 season. The NFL announced the extra point will now be kicked from the 15-yard line with two-point conversions remaining at the 2-yard line. The new rule also gives the defense the ability to score two points on [Read More...]

The American Reformation

Amy Kittelstrom: I’d want to get the term “individualism” or “autonomy” connected to her concept of “moral agency,” but I found this excerpt provocative and thoughtful and worthy of reading her book. Looking at the historical contribution of New England as an American Reformation instead of an American Renaissance shows that a democratic approach to [Read More...]

Affirmative Action, Quotas and Harvard: The Asian-American Complaint

Yamiche Alcindor: The issue I suspect here is that, as was pointed out long ago, racial quotas suppress successful applicants among Asians. On the basis of merit alone, more than the “quota” would be admitted. Right? A coalition of Asian American groups filed a federal complaint against Harvard University Friday alleging the school engaged in “systemic and [Read More...]

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung (by John Frye)

Earlier this year I heard Dr. Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung teach a session about the vice of vainglory. At one point she used the phrase “show offy”and it stuck in my brain. The subtitle for vainglory in her book Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies is “When Image is [Read More...]

Willard and the Problem of Evil

Here is perhaps the strongest argument for some against the Christian belief in theism, and that theism being a good God who loves us and cares about life on planet earth: If Christianity is true, then God is both benevolent toward humankind and infinitely powerful. If God is benevolent toward humankind and infinitely powerful, then [Read More...]

Food Deserts and a Courageous Step Forward

Maanvi Singh: When Jeff Brown opened his first grocery store in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia back in 2004, it seemed like a long shot. Most people thought he was crazy to even attempt to make money in a food desert like Southwest Philly, he says. Other grocers had tried and quickly gone out of [Read More...]

Good for You!

Emma Brown: Canadian student Raymond Wang, 17, won the world’s largest high school science competition on Friday, taking home the top prize of $75,000 for inventing a new way to keep germs from spreading in airplane cabins. “It’s very exciting. I absolutely did not expect it,” Wang said by telephone from Pittsburgh, host city for the finals of [Read More...]

It is a Puzzle … Ḥērem Never Practiced? (RJS)

Chapter 2 of Walter Moberly’s book Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture concludes with a section asking the question “What kind of law is the law of ḥērem?” The question arises for a variety of reasons. Many people read the passages in Deuteronomy and Joshua and wonder about the kind of [Read More...]

Woman of God: A Stereotype?

Source: Arise, by Khristi L. Adams is the author of The Misinterpreted Gospel of Singleness. She is currently a chaplain in residence at Georgetown University and a communications and social media consultant with the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Khristi is a graduate of Temple University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Image I was recently asked to lead a discussion [Read More...]

Christian Zionism: On the Rise in Unlikely Places?

Gerald McDermott reports: Scholars at the conference also suggested that while they think the emergence of Israel in 1948 was a partial fulfillment of biblical prophecy, they have to be more reticent about the eschatological status of the current nation-state. As one scholar introducing the conference put it, “We do not mean that [Israel today] [Read More...]

Comments on the Blog: Our Policies

It’s time to review how this blog works. Kris and I and RJS monitor the comments on this blog, and RJS does only her own posts so I take the responsibility for most of it. Here’s a core value — to use the jargon of our day — of this blog: we want to have [Read More...]

The Church and Disappointment (Jonathan Storment)

The Church is an institution of disappointment; it is not a disappointing institution. I have been doing full time local-church work for almost 15 years now, and I have noticed that every Sunday the same two kinds of people come up to me.  One of them is overflowing with joy and gratitude for the way [Read More...]

Freedom: Paul’s Magna Carta

From A Fellowship of Differents. In the first letter Paul wrote that survives in the Bible, Galatians, Paul went toe-to-toe with a group he calls the “circumcision party,” which ought to be self-explanatory (#ouch). The circumcision party claimed connec- tion to the Lord’s brother, James, and to the Jerusalem church, and they no doubt represented the [Read More...]

Attention Span of a What?!

USAToday: NEWSER) – Your attention span is, uh… well… whatever, but it probably can’t beat that of your average goldfish, a new study says. Microsoft reached this conclusion after surveying more than 2,000 Canadians and monitoring the brain activity of 112 people, Yahoo! Canada reports. In our age of buzzing phones and 140-character news items, they say, the Canadian [Read More...]

Christian Seders: To do or not to do?

By Michelle Van Loon: Should Christians participate in church-run Seders? After all, this command to retell and relive via ritual meal celebrating God’s deliverance of his people from slavery in Egypt was given to the Jewish people (clickhere, here, and here). Yet it has become popular in both liturgical and low-church circles to incorporate a Christian version of the [Read More...]

Of Gardens, Trees, and Serpents (RJS)

The next three propositions in John Walton’s new book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate deal with the imagery of Genesis 2-3 in its ancient Near Eastern context. The garden, the trees, and the serpent all conveyed a meaning in the ancient Near East that is lost [Read More...]

To Youth Ministers

By Josh Ross, the co-author of the recently released book Bringing Heaven to Earth I’m a preacher. I’m not a youth minister. But I’m around them all the time, and I love them! We have two youth ministers on our staff, and I travel to speak at a few youth events every year, which means I [Read More...]


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