The Number is Six

Mark Berman: During his visit to the United States last week, Pope Francis used an address before Congress — one of the most high-profile platforms from which the pope could speak to this country and its leaders — to call for an end to the death penalty. In the two weeks following the pope’s remarks, five states plan to execute [Read More...]

The Mission of Preaching

By Geoff Holsclaw, colleague at Northern Seminary. We don’t live in an oral culture. Not even a written culture. We live in a visual culture. So why preach from a text in an image driven culture? What good can a Sunday sermon have when everyone is bombarded by other messages all week long? What is preaching [Read More...]

Tolkien, Lewis, Loconte

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: Faith Tried by the Brutalities of War Joseph Loconte teaches history at The King’s College in New York City.  At the beginning of this year Loconte was interviewed here on his book, God, Locke, and Liberty. Today’s interview concerns his latest book, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War. [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 3 Oct 2015

A must read: When the nation’s top nutrition panel released its latest dietary recommendations on Thursday, the group did something it had never done before: weigh in on whether people should be drinking coffee. What it had to say is pretty surprising. Not only can people stop worrying about whether drinking coffee is bad for them, according to the panel, [Read More...]

We are Feminine, but…. (Tara Beth Leach)

A clip from Tara Beth Leach’s post at Missio Alliance: We have short hair and we have long hair; dirt is under our fingernails from toiling under the sun just to make a living and our fingernails are nicely manicured with pink nail polish; we enjoy high tea and we sometimes enjoy a beer at the [Read More...]

Umpqua Tragedy

Before the victims are named the victims’ tragedies are known as well as the anguish of the families, the stun of students, teachers, staff and administration, and the shock to the community. Reports that the gunman demanded that students identified their religion and then shot those who said they were Christian chills us. Hate can’t [Read More...]

Sharing the Kingdom Task

By John Frye Have you ever had the experience of looking into a mirror when there was also a mirror behind you? What did you see? You saw yourself receding into an infinity of reduced reflections. If we imagined that the space was instead time, you could see yourself in the vast, expansive past. You [Read More...]

Divesting from Israel? (by Michelle Van Loon)

By Michelle Van Loon: I’ve been watching various corporations, universities, NGOs and non-profits respond to the demands of the Boycott, Divest & Sanctions (BDS) movement. The stated goal of the BDS movement is to apply political and economic pressure on the State of Israel in order to “encourage” the two-state solution, but there are a whole lot [Read More...]

Book Deal: Jesus and His Death

Baylor University Press is making the clothbound edition of Jesus and His Death available at 40% off plus free shipping. The intent of that book was both to investigate the Gospel evidence in historical context and to present a case for Jesus believing that his own death was atoning. In other words, this was a historical [Read More...]

Longtown is a Fellowship of Differents

Noteworthy story by Kevin Williams — at the link you can find the whole article: “I know who I am and what I am. I may look white, my appearance is white, but my insides are not. I know I am not white,” Keiser said. He makes it a point to tell anyone who will [Read More...]

Face to Face with Phone … where?

Sherry Turkle: I’ve been studying the psychology of online connectivity for more than 30 years. For the past five, I’ve had a special focus: What has happened to face-to-face conversation in a world where so many people say they would rather text than talk? I’ve looked at families, friendships and romance. I’ve studied schools, universities [Read More...]

The Sweep of Scripture and The Kingdom of God (RJS)

Over the last several years I have spent most of my commutes listening to Scripture read or performed in order to be immersed in and formed by the story of God’s work in the world. (Far better than spending the time immersed in talk radio (HT T)). Toward the end of what became a rather [Read More...]

Pandering to the Populace

In this blog post “populace” refers to those who sit in the pews on Sundays and who pay the pastor’s salary and by “pandering” I mean that pastors and preachers teach a softer theology than either the Bible teaches or what that pastor believes but fears, if taught, he or she would get sacked. No [Read More...]

Heroin Traffic

Todd C. Frankel: Mexican cartels have overtaken the U.S. heroin trade, imposing an almost corporate discipline. They grow and process the drug themselves, increasingly replacing their traditional black tar with an innovative high-quality powder with mass market appeal: It can be smoked or snorted by newcomers as well as shot up by hard-core addicts. They [Read More...]

Carlos Eire, Castro, and Pope Francis

A blistering set of questions from Carlos Eire about Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba: So, why is it that he refrained from calling the Castro regime and other such failed experiments in materialist totalitarian communism “the dung of the devil”? Is communist materialism any less fiendish? Is communist political and economic repression any less reprehensible? [Read More...]

Tablets and Tables (by Sean Palmer)

Tablets & Tables: Why You Need To Rethink Who You Follow (Sean Palmer) Your pastor is not as edgy and provocative as your favorite blogger or writer, and that’s a good thing. I’m the first guy to advocate Christian preachers and teachers have thoughtful, bold, and worthwhile words to say. I bristle when I hear [Read More...]

Church Music

In working on my Colossians commentary I was struck by what Paul said of music. Here are his words in Colossians 3:16: Let the message of Christ  dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom  through psalms,  hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in [Read More...]