Purgatory: One (Solitary?) Evangelical’s Affirmation

Jerry Walls is one of the few evangelicals by confession who also affirms purgatory.  I don’t agree with Walls here, but after a full book on the topic, Walls reduces his argument to a single chapter in Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. (Purgatory in the theory of Catholicism is only for Christians; it is not about a [Read More...]

Translated into Italian

I assume someone is now reading this tome in Italian, and perhaps in the Vatican! [Read more...]

Mrs. Thatcher’s Faith

Charles Moore at The Spectator, on a book by Eliza Filby called God and Mrs. Thatcher: As I swink in the field of Thatcher studies, this book brings refreshment. It is a welcome and rare. Far too many writers attitudinise about Margaret Thatcher (for and against) rather than studying her. I doubt the author likes [Read More...]

Julius R. Mantey and I

I am deeply honored that Northern Seminary has chosen to name me the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament. I want to offer a few comments about Professor Mantey and I, but first the Northern announcement: Northern Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament Studies, to [Read More...]

Paul and the Women of Corinth

I don’t know if you’ve ever done this but if you do I suspect you will be frustrated. Try reading the Song of Solomon as a blank text. No verses, no chapters, and no modern day translation breaking it up into He and She and the Daughters of Jerusalem — and others perhaps. Here are [Read More...]

Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, Who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 11 April 2015

Folks,  I think this week marked 10 years of blogging at Jesus Creed! Woop, woop. Here was the first post, used without permission from the only one who can deny permission! In the last three or so years I have been struck, through my reading of the most influential writers on Christian spiritual formation, by [Read More...]

Changes for Educating Medical Doctors

Julie Rovner: “I was not taught this in medical school myself,” says McKean. “We haven’t taught people how to be specific about working in teams, how to communicate with peers and colleagues and how to communicate to the general public about what’s going on in health care and medicine.” It’s just one of many such [Read More...]

When is a person a “Convert”?

Trying to define conversion in a meaningful way is not easy, so I will go to two major scholars of conversion theory. In doing this, let me emphasize that the scholarly discussion of conversion avoids specific theological terms, so sometimes this can sound a bit clinical and artificial — but I want to emphasize that [Read More...]

God’s Love and Hell

Here’s how he begins the chapter, with a question: How can hell exist if God is truly love and will bring his world to the perfect comic end we explored in the first chapter? The answer? Well, what I want to argue is that hell can exist precisely because God is love. Because God is [Read More...]

Dangerous or Not? … We Can’t Ignore Joshua (RJS)

We’ve now finished Iain Provan’s book Seriously Dangerous Religion with subtitle: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters. In the postscript to his book Provan sums up his argument. There are a variety of different worldviews at play in our world each with its own particular story of the past.  In this [Read More...]

Dealing with Church Disillusionments?

Are you perhaps disillusioned with the church? Erin Lane says disillusionment is a gift. Yes, that’s right. It’s a gift. From God. Or at least a gift we are given and are given a challenge to do something with it. Actually, she says disillusionment is the gift of being freed from illusions in her new book, Lessons [Read More...]

Nashville and the Kingdom

In two weeks, Missio Alliance will be hosting a Kingdom Conspiracy event at Lipscomb University featuring my recent books. Part of the time will include a panel with local church leaders and practitioners, and the panelists have been set for what should be a great discussion. In fact, these panelists will no doubt challenge our [Read More...]

Critical Spirits? Company Men? or Christ-like Character?

David George Moore.  Dave blogs at www.twocities.org. I had some fruitful conversations about my recent piece on the Gospel Coalition . I am grateful for the many good exchanges and trust there can be greater understanding even amidst all our differences. No matter what Christian tradition we align with, or group we associate with, all of [Read More...]

Converting our Vengeance toward Love

Book Review of How Not to Kill a Muslim, by Josh Graves — review by Collin Packer How Not to Kill a Muslim, Review by Collin Packer, preacher at the Greenville Oaks Church of Christ and you can follow him @collinpacker Book purchasable here and here. Whether you’ve seriously considered killing a Muslim or not, I would [Read More...]

It Takes a Church to Educate a Christian

Here is a simple claim I make: everything we learn about the Christian life we learn in our church. That may turn some off, but hear me out: we are not alone in anything we do; we are in a context of others in what we learn; the “context” for Christian living is a church; therefore, [Read More...]

More Believable Today: What is? The Gospel Story

Charles Moore: Last Sunday, however, I did see a good play about Jesus, though it was not so described. It was simply the Gospel – this year, St Mark’s – for Palm Sunday, the last Sunday before Jesus was crucified, in our local church. Every Palm Sunday, the story of the Passion is read, and [Read More...]