Greg Boyd Adjusts Martin Luther

In perhaps Greg Boyd’s deftest of moves, the theology of the cross of Luther is both absorbed by Boyd but centralized even more than Luther’s version. In so doing, Greg Boyd virtually contends — with proddings from Alister McGrath — Luther’s theology of the cross was not consistently applied by Luther. All of this is [Read More…]

What are They Saying about the Bible?

“What are they saying about…?” is the leading question for an older series of books that introduced readers and students (and those who didn’t have time to read all the major books and scholars) to a discipline. Reliable summaries of scholarship are a gold mine for the student, but no better gold mine is deeper [Read More…]

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet during the Sermon on the Mount

The question is about where to sit so one can get the best view of Jesus and hear every word. This is what Jonathan Pennington is doing in his new book The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing. I like Pennington’s book because it makes me think and because it takes direct aim at a [Read More…]

O Lord, Mercifully Receive

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 15 July 2017

Fun news item WTTW: JULIA GRIFFIN: It was a routine patrol for a Sri Lankan naval team Tuesday morning, when they spotted something unusual bobbing among the ocean waves, not a bird or a boat, but rather a fully grown Asian elephant, struggling to stay afloat nearly 10 miles offshore. Elephants are some of the best [Read More…]

The Heartbeat of God

By John Frye Eugene H. Peterson writes, “It surprises me when pastor friends are indifferent or hostile to poets. More than half our Scriptures were written by poets. … The first thing a poet does is slow us down. We cannot speed-read a poem. …When we are reading prose we are often in control, but [Read More…]

Developing a Culture of Generosity

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Eugene Peterson’s Retraction

Christianity Today, by Kate Shellnutt: A day after a Religion News Service interview portrayed retired pastor and author Eugene Peterson as shifting to endorse same-sex marriage, the evangelical leader retracted his comment and upheld the traditional Christian stance instead. “To clarify, I affirm a biblical view of marriage: one man to one woman. I affirm [Read More…]

The Seeds of Life (RJS)

Can These Bones Live? This is the question posed in Chapters 10 and 11 of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology where he gives a brief overview of the chemical requirements for the origin of life. A more recent book, A World From Dust: How the Periodic [Read More…]

Greg Boyd and the God of the Cross

Greg Boyd focuses his book on God — that is, on theology proper. How we understand God, A.W. Tozer said a million times, determines everything.  So a critical element of Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God is how he understands God. How does he? At the cross. His God is the Cruciform God, and that means [Read More…]

Eugene Peterson and Same-Sex Marriage

From Jonathan Merritt: RNS: You are Presbyterian, and your denomination has really been grappling with some of the hot button issues that we face as a culture. I think particularly of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Has your view on that changed over the years? What’s your position on the morality of same-sex relationships? EP: I [Read More…]

What I Learned in Seminary: Doubt is Overrated

By Mitch East, currently the preaching intern at the North Atlanta Church of Christ One summer during graduate school, a college minister asked me to speak at a retreat for his students. The retreat would deal with the students’ questions about Christian faith. On the first night, I shared four questions with which I had wrestled. [Read More…]

Jesus and Human Flourishing

The approach to the Sermon on the Mount in the history of the church reveals as much about the authors as it does about the Sermon itself! Not that I think such revelations are bad for interpretation for each of them — from Augustine to Luther to Wesley to recent studies — give us a [Read More…]

Tactile Reading

Source, Rachel Grate: It’s no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their peers. But not all forms of reading [Read More…]

The Image of God (RJS)

The next five theses on the Adam and Eve of Genesis in their context (Adam and the Genome) develop the significance of humanity created in the image and likeness of God. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea [Read More…]

The Emergence of the Eucharist

In one of the most influential, however small, books on early Christian worship, Paul Bradshaw maps the development of the meals of Jesus into the eucharist. I have added numbers and reformated the citation. See his book Reconstructing Early Christian Worship (pp. 18-19). I believe that the regular sharing of food was fundamental to the common [Read More…]

10 Commandments: Federal Laws?

Shawna Dolansky: Taken together as a Decalog, what kind of document is this? Is it a religious text? Or a moral code? This question matters, because the anti-establishment clause in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment has been invoked on both sides of the debate about the appropriateness of displaying the Bible’s 10 Commandments in government [Read More…]