We All Live By Faith (RJS)

I closed my last post on Tim Keller’s new book Making Sense of God with a comment made on my post None and Fine With It: The evidence is the evidence, and science follows the evidence. Christianity comes to the evidence with a preconceived premise that there is a supernatural creator, which then biases all [Read More…]

BE the Better Place

In his exceptional new study, Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church, John Nugent speaks of God’s design as the “better place.” Nugent’s approach is a full biblical narrative of the new heavens and the new earth (the final Better Place) and in a series of post we have examined almost all of [Read More…]

Our Sexual Witness, by Sara Barton

By Sara Barton. Sara is the University Chaplain at Pepperdine University, where she pastors, preaches, and leads a delightful and capable staff of ministers. She and her husband, John, live in an empty nest these days while their daughter Brynn is a college student and their son Nate is newly married to Falon. Sara’s book, [Read More…]

Word by Word: Creating and Destroying the World

By Leslie Leyland Fields This is not the worst lie I ever told, but it’s the most memorable. I had just turned twelve. I was going to a movie theatre with my best friend. I had only been to two other movies in my life, so this was a big deal. And it was costing [Read More…]

Science for the Good of the Church (RJS)

The final section of  A Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science by Josh Reeves and Steve Donaldson looks at  the interplay between science and Christian faith – particularly science and Scripture, the impression that most scientists are atheists, and the calling to be scientists for the good of the church. [Read More…]

Wisdom for the Preacher

Michael Peppard: Lots to discuss here. (1) Is Peppard’s analysis true? (2) Are preachers too insensitive to the realities of the congregation? (3) Do people choose churches on the basis of the preaching? (4) What do you think of sticking to one text in Scripture?  From the pew, here’s what I want to yell at [Read More…]

NT Wright: Atonement Re-Worked

I am predicting that N.T. Wright’s newest, The Day the Revolution Began, will become more significant than his justly and widely-read Surprised by Hope. Wright has taken the tradition of Christian atonement theories back to the Bible to challenge the theories and to reframe the whole discussion — not by way of rejecting that Jesus has died [Read More…]

Political Christianity: American Style

The tragic decisions of American Christianity to align itself with a political party has now landed in a pool of manure with a plop. You may be thinking of the Christian Right, and you’d be right. You may be thinking of the Christian Left, and you’d be right again. Exhibit #1: the so-called “debate.” Gone [Read More…]

Good for Grudem

Wayne Grudem has now pulled his support from Trump, as reported by Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem was one of Donald Trump’s most surprising endorsers earlier this year, saying that the Republican presidential nominee was “a morally good choice.” Grudem’s endorsement set off a wave of controversy among evangelicals, who have been deeply divided over [Read More…]

Ain’t Afraid of No Goat

As Bill Murray’s T-shirt says, “Ain’t afraid of no goat!” Speaking of the curse of the Billy Goat, how about the undoing of Steve Bartman? CHICAGO — As Travis Wood stepped to the plate, Cubs bullpen catcher Chad Noble said, “He’s gonna hit a home run.” This was silly. Wood is a relief pitcher. His [Read More…]

Lord, We Pray

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Evangelical Leaders Supporting Trump: Say Something

After these vile revelations of Donald Trump’s justification — gloating about it — of his groping of women it is time for every evangelical leader — from James Dobson and Wayne Grudem and Jerry Fallwell, Jr., and Ralph Reed and James Macdonald and on — to declare their disgust for Donald Trump’s character, behaviors, and language. [Read More…]

A Historian’s Historian

The best of historians knows the data and facts, but wears them lightly unless heavy lifting is in order, knows the history of scholarship on the discipline, and can write up his or her results in the kind of prose that sparkles with suspenseful ordering. One such historian is the Reformation historian Diarmaid MacCulloch (see [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 8 October 2016

Syler Thomas, is this THE year or not? And baseball is funny. People don’t want to admit it, but there’s a fair amount of luck in baseball. It truly is a game of inches, and sometimes inches separate success from failure. Which brings us back to this year. Once again, the refrain is thrown about. [Read More…]

Preaching that Saturday Night Special?

By John Frye Having considered the temptations of plagiarism and prayerlessness in the preaching task, let’s explore last minute, hectic-paced sermon preparation. In the law enforcement and gun control world there is a phrase “Saturday night special.” The phrase describes small, compact cheaply made handguns that flood the gun market. While there is no statistical [Read More…]

Evangelicalism’s Impulse to Restore

“Back to the Bible” summarizes one of the central features of American evangelicalism. Another word for this is the desire to restore the church to its New Testament origins; one might say it is a form of retrieval. One more way of saying the same: “no creed but the Bible.” In his excellent new book [Read More…]

Parents and Children and Time

Ashley May: More parents work outside the home now than ever, but they are still spending more time with their children than the generations before them, according to a recent study. Yeah, it seems like Mom and Dad really can do it all. Researchers at the University of California, Irvinefound between 1965 and 2012, all but [Read More…]