Zmirak, Metaxas, Trump and Bonhoeffer

Source Stream contributor Eric Metaxas has a provocative new book out this week,If You Can Keep It, which explores the forgotten connections between faith-based virtues and the survival of freedom in America. Are Americans virtuous enough to keep up a free society? Or are we headed into a new age where self-interested, short-sighted citizens are so caught [Read More…]

An Ode to the Saint James Devotional Guide

An Ode To The Saint James Devotional Guide, By Michelle Van Loon When my husband and I went to our first home school convention in 1992, we expected to discover curriculum and how-to’s. My husband picked up a sample of a devotional booklet from an exhibitor on our way out the door at the end [Read More…]

Meticulous Sovereignty Meets Morality

In my little book A Long Faithfulness I outlined how I think the Book of Hebrews prohibits our thinking of God in terms of meticulous providence (God being the agent and cause of all things, including tragedies and deaths and birth defects and sexual abuse of children), and I join Roger Olson in arguing that such [Read More…]

Fathers Matter

Source: In short, fatherhood is hot, and so is the science behind it. Researchers say men are biologically wired to be fathers — and children are innately and uniquely responsive to their fathers. This has enormous implications for the health of children, mothers and fathers themselves. Recent research finds that involved dads improve pregnancy outcomes, [Read More…]

Friendship for a Century!

Source: The mayor wished them happy birthdays. So did their ­congresswoman. And their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Even Oprah sent them a video message saying happy birthday. It’s not every day that someone turns 100 years old. And it’s really not every day that three childhood best friends hit the centenarian mark together. On Saturday, [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings,18 June 2016

This! (Wow.) Emma was a great cook and I will never forget the first lunch she made for us. Mom and Dad came home for lunch and as we sat to eat Emma was nowhere to be found. Dad found her in the living room eating by herself. He took her by the arm and almost dragged [Read More…]

Groceries vs. Restaurants etc

We are now spending more monthly at restaurants and drinking establishments than at grocery stores. Yowzers. [Read more…]

Top Ten Books 5

By John Frye   Jesus Roiling His World Ministry in the 1980s included a two year teaching opportunity on the faculty of Moody Bible Institute and being called as pastor to Bella Vista Church, Rockford, MI, where I served 24 years. You can imagine the many books that I read to keep my mind and [Read More…]

Instead of the Sinner’s Prayer

I’ve been asked more than once What do you say, then, when you are calling people to … here the words matter but I don’t want to parse them at this point … decision? The Sinner’s Prayer is neither here nor there; it’s not the point; it can be the right thing for the right person [Read More…]

Christ as Redeemer From the Beginning (RJS)

Adam and Eve did not introduce evil into God’s good creation. Christ as cosmic redeemer was part of God’s plan from the beginning. Genesis 3 tells a story of disobedience and consequences for that disobedience, but we must not lose sight of the fact that the snake was in the garden. If the snake is [Read More…]

How Baseball is Superior to Hockey

1. Green: baseball is played on a green field; hockey on white ice. 2. Wrigley, Fenway, Yankee Stadium: name one interesting hockey place. 3. Names: Babe Ruth, Pee Wee Reese, Ernie Banks vs. Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr. 4. Scoring: single, double, triple, homer vs. “It’s a goal!” 5. Teeth: baseball players have them. [Read More…]

Church as Sign, Not Solution

By Joe James, the Education minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas SMcK: I want to express my gratitude to Joe James for this exceptional set of solid discussions about the praxis of table. Trusting the Table (5) – The Church is a Sign, Not a Solution This post wraps up my series, [Read More…]

Subordinationism Stopped

The heavyweights have now weighed in about Subordinationism (eternal functional subordination of the Son to the Father), and this weighing in doesn’t even have to deal with the desire to connect male authority and female subordination/obedience to males to the Trinitarian relations, and by heavyweights I mean these names: Bruce McCormack Lewis Ayres Michel Barnes [Read More…]

The Sermon on the Mount in Korea

A wonderful new translation of the (=my) Story of God Bible Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount is now available through Ecclesia Books in Korea. Always a red letter today to see these translations, and others in the series are to follow: [Read more…]

A Perfect Plan not a Perfect Paradise (RJS)

I’ve been reading a book Peril in Paradise by Mark S. Whorton. In this book Dr. Whorton, a rocket scientist (Ph. D. in aerospace engineering, worked for NASA) and a Christian, puts forth a case for an old earth and digs into problems with a young earth scenario. Throughout the book he tells a little [Read More…]

The Rumbling Reveals Some Stumbling

These sorts of theological debates, those between the Subordinationists like Bruce Ware at Southern Seminary and Wayne Grudem in Phoenix, reveal not only what one teaches under the sharpening knife of fellow theologians, but they also reveal how folks respond. It is sadly obvious here that the Subordinationists have very little interest in listening to [Read More…]