Galatians in Spanish

My friend and former student, Matt Williams (at Biola), created and guided the translation of the NIVAC volumes into Spanish and here is my Galatians… way to go Matt! [Read more...]

Forgiving a Nazi Perpetrator: The Story of Eva Kor

Source: So today after the trial session concluded, I [Eva Kor, concentration camp survivor] went up to Oskar Groening [Nazi Auschwitz guard]. He wanted to stand up but I said, “Please don’t, we do not want a repetition of last time.” I just shook his hand and said, “I appreciate the fact that you are [Read More...]

Theologies of Creation? (RJS)

A little over a month ago I began a series on Mark Harris’s new book The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science (see The Nature of Creation for the first post).  Mark Harris is a lecturer in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh. He began his career as an experimental physicist, [Read More...]

Waning of Apocalyptic Thinking among Evangelicals?

At the heart of Matthew Avery Sutton’s sketch of evangelicalism (American Apocalypse) is the conclusion that at its heart evangelicalism was an apocalyptic movement. That commitment to apocalyptic thinking gave to evangelicalism a template to understand the realities of American history: whether it was rise of drinking and the Prohibition, the threat of communism, WWII, [Read More...]

Andrew Sullivan at Q Ideas

From Rod Dreher’s site: [After President at Gordon College, Michael Lindsay] Andrew Sullivan was next on the stage, and engaged in a conversation with Q leader Gabe Lyons. Andrew — who is far less frantic, and far more serene, than I’ve ever seen him; leaving the Internet was plainly good for his health — was [Read More...]

St Bob of Abilene (by Jonathan Storment)

St. Bob of Abilene Doing a funeral is one of the hardest and most enjoyable parts of my job.  It is hard because it is emotionally exhausting, and death is never conveniently worked into a calendar.  But I love doing funerals because they are the moments when everyone has ears to hear. We spend much [Read More...]

Did Evangelicals Re-Engage Culture with Neo-Evangelicalism?

The standard narrative: the fundamentalist movement turned American evangelicals/fundamentalists away from cultural, political and social involvement and Carl Henry’s famous The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism called evangelicals back into the engagement. In Matthew Avery Sutton’s new book, American Apocalypse, that story is challenged, and here are three lines then the pertinent paragraph calling Henry to task, [Read More...]

Do We Need Libraries?

My answer is that we need librarians today more than any time in history. Librarians are the priests and priestesses of knowledge and they can mediate the resources of this world to us. But some today don’t think we need libraries. Carlos Lozada: Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: [Read More...]

The Significance of the End: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell (RJS)

The last couple of chapters in John Polkinghorne’s book The God of Hope and the End of the World deal with the four last things (death, judgment, heaven, and hell) and with their significance.  There is something of a divide within the church … between those who preach hell, fire, and brimstone and those who [Read More...]

Males and Their Friends (Alastair Roberts)

Saturday I posted a link to an article that compared male friendships (more group-ish) vs. female friendships (more intimate, and more connected one best friend), and Alastair Roberts made a comment that is worthy of a conversation itself. So, with his permission, here is his comment: The first article is an interesting one, bears out [Read More...]

Barbers Doing Double-Duty

Perry Stein: There are  26 barbers and stylists at The Shop in Hyattsville, Md. Between them, they cut the hair of more than 100 people each day. That’s around 600 people each week, 31,000 heads each year. Over the last two years, 29 of  those customers received a colonoscopy as a direct result of conversations they had with their barbers at [Read More...]

Repainting Hell: C.S. Lewis and N.T. Wright (by Jeff Cook)

One of the features of this blog I like is the inclusion of disparate voices. I, Scot McKnight, am not the only voice; RJS is another voice; John Frye, Jonathan Storment, and Jeff Cook are other voices. And others send me posts and we post them to give yet more voices a platform to create [Read More...]

Is Heaven Vital for Morality or Not?

You may well recall the famous scene in Les Miserables in which Jean Valjean comes clean in public to take the place of another who was in fact on trial instead of himself (Valjean). The scene poses the moral theory called altruism, that is, that one does what is good for others in a disinterested manner. It [Read More...]

Church of the Redeemer: Thanks

As some of you know, my new book A Fellowship of Differents is dedicated to our local fellowship, the Church of the Redeemer, and our two leaders and their spouses (Jay and Susan Greener, Amanda Holm and Erik Rosengren), Today, after our worship time, Church of the Redeemer very generously provided copies of the book for [Read More...]

Secularization Theory Debunked

Sarah Pulliam Bailey: By 2050, the number of Muslims around the world will nearly equal the number of Christians. Pew projections suggest that Muslims will make up nearly one-third of the world’s population of about 9 billion people. “The culture of the West is going to become increasingly nonreligious at the same time the culture in [Read More...]

A Prayer for Nepal

Our merciful and listening Father, In whose Son’s cries in Gethsemane our intercessions come before you in full love, We join our concerns and compassions in your Son’s for those who have died, who are suffering, and who are tending those who suffer, And we pray for mercy and speedy relief; Who with you and [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week:

O God, Whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; Who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, One God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]