Wesley Hill and the Acts 15 Argument

Wesley Hill: One of the most prominent arguments for the so-called “full inclusion” of LGBTQ people in the church is the analogy of the early church’s inclusion of Gentiles as Gentiles. In the book of Acts and in the Epistles in the New Testament, Gentile people—despite their ongoing violation of the clear biblical command for [Read More…]

Let Nothing be Lost: Leslie Leyland Fields

By Leslie Leyland Fields I didn’t know the Sea of Galilee was polluted. I sit in the tiny skiff with Micah and his crewman, trying not to gape. It’s early morning, just sunrise. An egret lands two feet from me in the bow and stays with us. We pass a row of fancy hotels just [Read More…]

The New Stealth Translation: ESV

The word is now out that Crossway has said the ESV is now as unchangeable as the law of the Medes and Persians and thus the publisher/translators have stood back in admiration of their creation and said, “This is very good.” The NIV 1984 will not be revised, but it has plenty of successors — [Read More…]

Baseball Stats on Steroids

Source: Astros manager A.J. Hinch lost a challenge resulting in the final out of the seventh inning, when George Springer was called out at home plate with the Astros ahead, 2-1. Springer tried to score from first base on Bregman’s second hit of the game, a single that got pastJason Heyward in right field. After [Read More…]

Transforming the Nursing Home

Source: “What if we design an environment that looks like outside?” he said. “What if I can have a sunrise and sunset inside the building? What if I’m able to have the moon and stars come out? What if I build a unit that takes residents back to the ’30s and ’40s?” And that was just [Read More…]

O God, Because Without You

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings, 10 September 2016

To keep our focus on our coffee at this time of day, here’s how best not to spill it when you are walking — from Ana Swanson: So what’s the best solution? The secret is that the splashes are partly because of the additional motion that your wrist introduces to the cup when you walk. If [Read More…]

Son of God, Son of Man: Reviewing J.R. Daniel Kirk

By John Frye Son of God and Son of Man J. R. Daniel Kirk (A Man Attested by God) dives into the Synoptic Gospels to support his view that Jesus is not presented as one who is ontologically God, but is, instead, an idealized human figure. Kirk is methodical and draws upon many texts (both [Read More…]

Trust (RJS)

Trust is a powerful word. From the Merriam Webster dictionary definition: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. a) assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b) one in which confidence is placed Webster’s Unabridged 1983 to the right, (click for a larger image) uses [Read More…]

Ten Observations about the NT Church for Today

A local church has the capacity to adjust itself to its environment and, so long as the environment is redemptive, adjustment is good. When the environment is not redemptive, adjustment is compromise. I believe this is why many today use the term “institutional” for the church: they are saying the church has become not what [Read More…]

A Theology of Revolt

By Jonathan Storment A Theology of Revolt I have been doing a book review the past few weeks on Richard Beck’s great new book on the Devil and Spiritual Warfare called Reviving Old Scratch. If you are a Christian whose tempted to turn up your nose at the idea of the devil/demons/spiritual warfare, then this [Read More…]

A Word-y People

St Francis never said it so far as we know, but many have attributed it to him: “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Whether he said it or not, many today think the primary form of proclaiming the kingdom is through deeds/works and not through words.  Hence, John Nugent, in Endangered Gospel, examines [Read More…]

Trump and Clinton: Profiles

From the new CNN/ORC poll — reformatted: Women break for Clinton (53% to 38%) while men shift Trump’s way (54% to 32%). Among women, those who are unmarried make up the core of her support, 73% of unmarried women back Clinton compared with just 36% of married women. Among men, no such marriage gap emerges, [Read More…]

Friendship, or Committed Relationship, or Marriage?

The Archbishop is confused, as we are to distinguish between a friendship and a (long term and) committed relationship (sounds like marriage except for sex), which is all but marriage (a long term and committed relationship with sex?). Is this not the sexualization of marriage? Or the de-relationalizing of marriage? What then is marriage? BBC [Read More…]

Fossils Tell a Story (RJS)

(Image from Wikipedia: credit) The story told by the fossils is one of great age, with a succession of flora and fauna in the distinct layers of sedimentary rock.  Part three of the new book The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? describes the fossils found in [Read More…]

Charity as the Christian Virtue: Labor Day Love

In some traditions the primary aim of Christianity is holiness and, depending on how one understands the term, moves the Christian into the realms of separation from sin, obedience to God’s will, or utter rigor (zealotry) in all matters of conscience. It might be asked how it was possible for holiness rose to the top [Read More…]

QB Kaepernick and President Obama

Kim Hjelmgaard: President Obama said Monday that NFL quarterbackColin Kaepernick was “exercising his constitutional right” to bring attention to racial injustice by not taking part in the national anthem at the start of San Francisco 49ers football games. Speaking at a news conference in China after the Group of 20 summit, Obama said he did not doubt Kaepernick’s sincerity to highlight [Read More…]