Adam, Evolution, and the Imago Dei (RJS)

Scot has a new book coming out at the end of this month, Adam and the Genome, co-authored written with Dennis Venema. Dennis is a biologist – and he handles the genome in this book. Scot looks at what this means, or could mean, as we read Scripture. I’ve read or heard parts of these [Read More…]

Resentment in a Body

D. G. (Darryl G.) Hart, in spite of donning a bow tie, is an exceptional scholar, thinker, and writer. His latest is about one of my favorite writers and appears in the most unlikely of locations: in the Library of Religious Biography. It is unlikely because this series concerns major religious persons while this book [Read More…]

There is a Promised Land (Jonathan Storment)

 “Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling and it still remains my greatest commitment.” —Martin Luther King Jr. On the Thursday morning that Dr. King was assassinated he also was attacked by one of his own friends….with a pillow. On the day of his death, Martin [Read More…]

Fitch Reviews JKA Smith: Worship Shapes Us

By David Fitch JAK Smith’s ‘You are What You Love’ (Part 2): How Worship Shapes You to Love and Live Differently In the previous post, I described Jamie Smith’s sketch of the human self as a homo liturgicus in his book You Are What You Love. Human beings are persons shaped to love by habits. [Read More…]

The Heavens Declare! (RJS)

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. All Christians agree that the heavens and the earth are intelligently designed for a purpose. The God we worship is the creator of all. The marvel, beauty [Read More…]

Three Gifts of Women Ministry (Michelle Van Loon)

By Michelle Van Loon,  www.MomentsAndDays.org and www.MichelleVanLoon.com Last week in this space, I wrote about a flawed Proverbs 31-focused approach one congregation took when they decided to rethink their ministry to women. Even as I raised concerns, I noted that I’ve been enriched by time spent in prayer, study, fellowship, worship, and service with women’s-only groups. [Read More…]

David Fitch Reviews JKA Smith: Challenging Desire’s Assumptions

By David Fitch, professor at Northern Seminary JAK Smith’s ‘You are What You Love’ (Part 1): Challenging the Everyday Assumptions About Desire James K. A. Smith published a fabulous book earlier this year titled You Are What You Love. It is fabulous because he summarizes the important stuff in the first 2 books of his [Read More…]

Why Be Anglican?

I begin a series that will seek to shed some light on why I am Anglican. Image used with permission. More than twice a month I am asked “Why did you become Anglican?” The answer to the question is complex, and I want to answer that question in part by saying up front that I [Read More…]

First Sunday after the Epiphany

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy [Read More…]

Book Review: Jane Dawson’s Biography of John Knox

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW JOHN By David George Moore Dave’s videos can be found at www.mooreengaging and his blog is www.twocities.org. Jane Dawson’s new biography of John Knox is being hailed as the definitive treatment we now have. Diarmaid MacCulloch says Dawson’s work “renders all his [Knox’s] previous biographies obsolete.” [The book is called John Knox [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 7 January 2017

Our first Weekly Meanderings of 2017 begins with a good, old-fashioned breath check. (NEWSER) – What if detecting cancer was as easy as breathing in and out? According to a study published last week in American Chemical Society Nano, it pretty much is. Scientist Hossam Haick has been working on his “electronic nose” for years, the Outline reports, and [Read More…]

Agree and Disagree

Ray Ortlund, a former colleague of mine at TEDS and one with whom I shared many commutes to school, recently put on no less a site than Instagram a comment about Bible reading and translations, and I wish to agree and disagree. Here is the image and his Instagram comment: First, the agreement. Yes, by [Read More…]

Job for Today (RJS)

What does the book of Job mean for us today?  What is the message and application? John Walton and Tremper Longman III conclude their book How to Read Job by addressing these questions. The book of Job provides answers – important for us today as they were for the original audience. Christians often turn to [Read More…]

“I’m a Single Lady” (Missionary) and John Piper

John Piper recently was asked about single women missionaries. Two-thirds of active missionaries are married couples. Another third are single women. The rest are single men. Well, if that went by too fast, two thirds plus one third don’t leave any room for single men. And it is only a joke in part because it [Read More…]

On Checkbooks

What about you? Do you use a checkbook? By Lauren Zumbach: Despite the ease of paying with a tap on a smartphone or swipe of a credit card, Americans don’t appear ready to ditch their checkbooks just yet. For the first time since Americans began abandoning checks for other forms of payments in the mid-1990s, [Read More…]

Seeing the Cross with Fresh Eyes (Jonathan Storment)

One of the things that I love about my job is that my Church gives me time to study and prepare. It is a real blessing that I try to not take for granted. Not everyone gets paid to go off every year to pray and study, and I believe God gives me that time [Read More…]

Four Lessons Progressives can Learn from Trump’s Election

I wade into some murky political waters here because some things need to be said. Progressives, who are not afraid to use the argument about the “right side of history” found themselves on the wrong side in this election but this time they are absolutely sure they are on the right side in spite of [Read More…]