A Priority to Rest?

By Michael Chung (BS, The Ohio State University; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; PhD University of Nottingham) has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary-Texas, Houston Baptist University, Calvary Theological Seminary-Indonesia, and Houston Christian High School. He is also the author of Praying with Mom (2012) and has published academic journal articles in North America, Asia, and [Read More…]

Revisiting the Fall (RJS)

J. Richard Middleton has thought-provoking post at BioLogos that deals Evolution and the Historical Fall (now a couple of weeks old, but I only read it in the last few days). This short essay is well worth reading, and worth some comment here. (1) A historical Fall. Richard, like many of the rest of us, [Read More…]

It’s American for our Politicians to Reference the Bible

Over the years I have been as pleased as annoyed when politicians — from Kennedy (my earliest memory of a president) to Trump (harumph) — quote the Bible or allude to the Bible or make use of the Bible when they are speaking. Daniel Dreisbach, in his new and very well researched book, Reading the Bible [Read More…]

Russell Moore is on Target and thus the Target

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Concern is mounting among evangelicals that Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm, could lose his job following months of backlash over his critiques of President Trump and religious leaders who publicly supported the Republican candidate. Any such move could be explosive for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, which [Read More…]

Performance Music: Worship?

Jonathan Algier: [SMcK: He does not mention but Andrew McGowan’s book is the best place to begin.] Performance worship is now the norm. I fear this is the case with practically all evangelical megachurches and their emulating congregations, which now includes a growing number of desperate mainline congregations, as well. We also see it in [Read More…]

What Allegiance (Faith) is Not

One can at least draw attention to implications of the gospel preached and the demand preached in our churches, not the least of which would be 50% church attendance, common attendance being sitting in a pew and leaving as soon as “church” is over, a firm belief in God’s unconditional love while believing God does [Read More…]

True Influence: The Mordecai Option

What True Influence Looks Like By Michelle Van Loon www.MomentsAndDays.org www.MichelleVanLoon.com The Jewish feast of Purim took place this year from sundown Saturday, March 11th through sundown of the 12th. It is for me an opportunity each year to revisit this remarkable story of survival in the face of super-size, demonic anti-Semitism. The book of [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and [Read More…]

Do Churches Need their own Police?

Anthony Izaguirre: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no other American church has: its own police force. With a membership larger than many small towns, Briarwood [Read More…]

Rod Dreher Disputes JKA Smith

From JKA Smith at WaPo: And in his much-anticipated book, “The Benedict Option,” blogger Rod Dreher has seen the apocalypse: “There are people alive today who may live to see the effective death of Christianity within our civilization. By God’s mercy, the faith may continue to flourish in the Global South and China, but barring [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 11 March 2017

Every week, for more than a decade, I’ve clipped bits and bobs from blogs, social media and news. Here we go again! [Read more…]

Baffled by the Criticisms of The Shack?

By pastor, theologian, professor and author, Allan Bevere: The Shack: Theological Precision and Narrative Imagination [SMcK: if you want to read a truly great book about early Christian orthodoxy, it’s by Lewis Ayres: Nicaea and its Legacy.] Anyone who knows me knows that as a Christian I proudly stand in the Nicene-Chalcedonian tradition. Every time I [Read More…]

The Shack: A Review

Burn It or Find God in It? (by John Frye) SMcK: John’s review is not so much a review of Paul Young’s theology, which waffles in more than one place. In fact, a number of solid theologians — including Roger Olson and John Mark Hicks — find redemptive elements, not least in depicting a God who [Read More…]

Time to Consider a DMin

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. Think about joining us… we begin July 10-14, 2017. This will be our second iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Northern Seminary. Here’s our announcement: [Read More…]

With Mark Elfstrand

The Hum of Angels [Read more…]

Should Naturalism Define Science? (RJS)

Methodological naturalism. For most scientists this is a foregone conclusion; a scientist studies nature and looks for natural cause and effect. Among Christians the term is often viewed as a cop-out,  giving away the farm by ruling divine action out of bounds. Many atheists view the term as indicative of a failure to face facts [Read More…]

Help for Walking through the Pain of People Leaving Your Church

Pastors often suffer when folks leave their church. Departures sometimes fracture friendships and the churches. This pastor reflects on church departures. [Read more…]