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The Weight of Criticisms

Sometimes we get criticized by someone and we deflect it easily; at other times it penetrates and wounds and festers and seems to haunt our nights. The would pesters enough that in odd moments with random people we allude to it or name it explicitly. Is there a way forward, out of it, beyond it, [Read More…]

Re-imagining Advent 1`

In the rich bottom lands near the Chattahooche River in western Coweta County, Georgia, stretches miles of fine cotton fields. Stately plantation homes, while sparse, are built on the rare anomalies of elevated terrain and are shaded by massive red oak trees. You can’t miss the structures, white with majestic columned porches. Summers are stifling [Read More…]

Christians Have a New Identity

The term “identity” is overused today and for conservative pundits “identity” is pejoratively used in “identity” politics while the progressives use it affirmatively as in “it’s about my and her and his identity.”  I’m concerned with neither the conservatives or progressives in this post, but instead with the claim of Larry Hurtado, in Destroyer of [Read More…]

The Election and Education

Nate Silver: In short, it appears as though educational levels are the critical factor in predicting shifts in the vote between 2012 and 2016. You can come to that conclusion with a relatively simple analysis, like the one I’ve conducted above, or by using fancier methods. In a regression analysis at the county level, for [Read More…]

Doom in American Political Rhetoric

One of the more interesting books that has ever come my way is Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America’s Imminent Secularization, a book edited by C. Mathewes and C. McKnight Nichols (no relation). If the title doesn’t interest you, perhaps this line will: “In American history, prophesies of godlessness are as American as American godliness [Read More…]

The Christian Origin of Science? (RJS)

J.B. (Jim) Stump has a new book, Science and Christianity: An Introduction to the Issues. This book is designed as a college textbook to introduce the reader to various facets of the problem. It is not an apologetic for science or for Christianity. The book is short – 180 pages – and an easy read. [Read More…]

Gender and Paul

A book that has just come in the mail is by Cynthia Long Westfall and is called Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ, and I urge you to purchase and read this book — along with me for I will blog through it. For today, however, I want to [Read More…]

The Rules for Leading from the 2nd Chair

The Rules for Leading from the 2nd Chair by Ben Pickett With the end of the year just around the corner, I’m all set for the New Year’s lists. You know, those compilation stories that give us a list of what’s best about the previous year – always in a particular order – that invites [Read More…]

Crossing the Waters Into Prison

Crossing the Waters into Prison I am just back from prison, a maximum security prison in California. I spoke about forgiveness with two groups of women. One took place in a room no bigger than a closet. I cried with them. I prayed with them. We wiped our faces with a roll of toilet paper. [Read More…]

I Love Northern

I love working at Northern Seminary because we are serving God’s Kingdom every day.  We prepare students to become future pastors and positively impact their communities with the same effect of a rock being dropped into a mirrored lake…the impact forms rings which continue to grow and expand outward.  That’s exactly what our graduates do [Read More…]

Learning About the Cosmos From Job (RJS)

The book of Job, as John Walton and Tremper Longman II point out in their recent book How to Read Job, “contains more extensive discussion of the cosmos and God’s role in it than any other book in the Bible with the possible exception of Psalms.” (p. 120)  Today we will look specifically at the [Read More…]

Biblicism Revisited 8

Christian Smith, in his must-read and challenging book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity. The fundamental problem that undercuts biblicism as a sufficient basis for articulating the Christian faith is interpretive pluralism. [Read More…]

Turkey’s Schools

Scott Peterson: ISTANBUL, TURKEY — When Turkey’s teachers returned to school in September, they found their numbers decimated by expulsions, more than half their textbooks gone, and some 2,250 educational institutions sealed with police tape. Schools have emerged as a critical battleground in Turkey, after a failed coup attempt on July 15 prompted sweeping purges of, by [Read More…]

What is God Like?

The question is What is God like in the Bible? Let’s ask John Goldingay, whose new book Biblical Theology: The God of the Christian Scriptures, presents a “biblical” theology. The topics of his book are all shaped first by God, hence: God’s person, God’s insight, God’s creation, God’s reign, God’s anointed, God’s children, God’s expectations, and [Read More…]

Biblicism Revisted 7

Christian Smith, in his must-read and challenging book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity.  The fundamental problem that undercuts biblicism as a sufficient basis for articulating the Christian faith is interpretive pluralism. [Read More…]

First Advent Candle

With Christians around the world, we use this light to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of God’s Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. May we receive God’s light as we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived [Read More…]