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Prayer for the Week

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read More…]

Rumbling On

The debate between the eternal subordinationists and eternal generationists (the orthodox position of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed) rumbles on. Mark Jones, at Mortification of Spin, tosses in a rather piercing warning — this view of Ware and Grudem and Burk sounds a bit too much like Arminian Simon Episcopius: Most debates I read of today have [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 11 June 2016

Today is Graduation Day at Northern Seminary, and without Kris’s link-finder on high detection radar this week this post would be empty. Thank you Kris! Trudy Smith, her journey out of church and then… I continued to journey alongside other Christians, but I no longer understood the importance of attending church. It occurred to me [Read More…]

De-branding as the New Brand

Source: As digital media blunts the impact of advertising, brands are looking for new ways to lure consumers. The latest, buzziest effort has been to publish stories that look and feel journalistic. The key strategy of branded content or “native advertising” is to hide the commercial imperative, and even the brand altogether, so that readers [Read More…]

Top Ten Books 4

L’Abri or not L’Abri, by John Frye [SMcK: Francis Schaefffer’s critique of the American church was hugely influential on me, too, as a college student. I read all his books through No Little People.] Scot McKnight suggested that I write about ten books that shaped my life. I am picking two books from each decade starting [Read More…]

The Battle Rumbles Along: The Trinity of Complementarians

The battle rumbles along: one side of the historic Reformed have announced that the complementarian–focused Bruce Ware and Wayne Grudem have a faulty theory of the Trinity, and they have come back to announce they are fully orthodox. The issue here is the eternal subordination of the Son. Which they use, though in these newest statements [Read More…]

Stand Up to Get ‘Er Done!

Megan McDonough: [SMcK: Yes, I’m biased. Yes, I stand at my desk.] Are standing desks as beneficial as they are trendy? According to a new study by Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health, they are — but not just for workers’ health. The popular desks also improved their productivity – significantly. [Read More…]

No Evolution Allowed (RJS)

The stories in How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science are fascinating. Twenty-five authors give twenty-five different perspectives.  There is no one pathway to grapple with these issues. The contributors include pastors (e.g. John Ortberg, Daniel Harrell, Ken Fong), biblical scholars (e.g. N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Tremper Longman III), [Read More…]

Is it New? Yes. Is it Orthodox? No.

I speak here of the eternal subordination of the Son, of a teaching that some Reformed theologians are saying fellow Reformed types are not only not consistent with the Reformed tradition but are flirting with idolatry if not heresy. There are three posts of late at Mortification of Spin, two by Liam Goligher and one [Read More…]

Ann Voskamp on Stanford

Ann Voskamp: (go to think link to read her whole, exceptional post) Son. When the prevailing thinking is boys will be boys — girls will be garbage. When the prevailing thinking is boys will be boys — girls will be garbage. And that is never the heart of God. That’s what you have to get, [Read More…]

Education: A Fresh Approach

Source: After 12 years as principal of Clintondale High School, Greg Green had a bad feeling: He knew his school was failing its students. Especially the at-risk ones. Only 63% of the kids at Clintondale went on to college, and 35% didn’t even make it though high school. It was rated as one of the [Read More…]

Trusting the Table to Let Them Grow Together

By Joe James, the Education minister at the SouthSide Church of Christ in Rogers Arkansas. Trusting the Table (4): Let Them Grow Together “Trusting the Table” is my name for the Third Way in a world that pulls us in two directions: conservative and progressive. In my previous posts, I have argued that conservatives root [Read More…]

So a Rich Religious Man Meets Jesus

John 3:16 is the Church’s most favorite Bible verse. In it one finds the heart of the Gospel of John, the heart of God for humans and the heart of Jesus for everyone. This most popular of Bible verses then is the heart of God in the heart of the Bible. To get us going, [Read More…]

TGC’s Blocking Brigade?

Jonathan Merritt, at RNS, writes about TGC’s habit of blocking its critics, and I have no idea if I’m blocked or not. Blocking is needed in the blog world, but in 12+ years of blogging here at Jesus Creed I’ve had to block less than 15 people (I would estimate). Used with permission by Jonathan. [Read More…]

Also in Eden? (RJS)

Lately I’ve been listening to the book of Ezekiel on my commute. One morning last week the passages included Ezekiel 28 and the lament against the king of Tyre caught my attention (vv.11-19). The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say [Read More…]


To catch how radical his vision really was, we need to enter into a different worldview and a different mindset — we need to go back, and behind where we usually go, to the world of Paul to see what he was actually trying to accomplish. As James Thompson, in The Church according to Paul, puts [Read More…]