On Losing Faith

In one of the better memoirs I’ve read, that of Roger Scruton called Gentle Regrets, Scruton reflects on England’s loss in England’s loss of its religion. Scruton’s reflections concern the inter-relation of faith and community, if not faith and nation, which in his case is about the Church of England. But loss of faith for [Read More...]

The End of the World (RJS)

There are a number of topics worth some thought and discussion – topics where our current understanding of science plays a role at some level. The questions of origins and of miracles top the list, but the nature or possibility of an “Age to Come” with new heavens and a new earth also raises questions. [Read More...]

Surprised by King Jesus

Maybe N.T Wright’s best title yet is Surprised by Hope, that word “surprise” giving Wright not a few opportunities to provide the shocking news of the gospel with that word “surprised.” So chp 3 in Simply Good News is called “Surprised by King Jesus.” Which is his way of setting up the reality of Jesus in [Read More...]

Some Good News

Source: What good news do you hear about your educators? LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A Harrison County elementary school principal has received national recognition for raising money to buy shoes for 200 low-income students. Heth-Washington Elementary School has one of the highest poverty levels in the county, at 75 percent. “We’ve had several students who have had [Read More...]

Preaching Wisdom (Jonathan Storment)

This past Sunday I started preaching through the book of James for the first time ever.  I have always appreciated James, but have never preached him, and in order to get ready for this series I tried to check out other series done by other pastors and stumbled upon something interesting. James is a book [Read More...]

The Pastor’s Calling

While it has been said often that Martin Luther urged Christians to sanctify all of life so that everyone was called and had a vocation from God, pastors, priests and ministers continue to talk about being called. Thus, Luther put it this way: All our work in the field, in the garden, in the city, in the home, in [Read More...]

“Pastor”? (Sean Palmer)

From Sean Palmer: With one simple click of the mouse, Christians can be pastored by their favorite pastor. Regardless of the miles between them, open your web browser and in just a few keystrokes, your preferred preacher is pastoring your soul…except, not really. Here’s one unwitting example: Last week the Internet announced the resurgence of Mr. [Read More...]

An Exciting Opportunity! (RJS)

Are you interested in questions of science and Christian faith? Perhaps not quite sure what to think? Want to enter into a conversation and learn some more? On this blog we’ve been carrying on a conversation about the relationship between science and Christian  faith for many years. The conversation has wandered over a wide range [Read More...]

A Threshold Issue in Evolutionary Theory

Perhaps you were taught what I was taught. There is such a process called microevolution but there is no such process called macroevolution. That is, within a species there is variation and change but there is no evolution of one species to another. I learned this — or something like it. A threshold issue in evolutionary theory is speciation. That [Read More...]

That Was a Reception!

I was cheering more for the Packers than the Cowboys, but that was a catch by Dez Bryant. He got control of that ball before he extended his arms to the end zone. Image [Read more...]


Lewis Smith and others: One of Africa’s most senior church leaders has accused the West of ignoring the threat of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, days after the reported slaughter of up to 2,000 people by the group. Ignatius Kaigama, the Catholic Archbishop of Jos and president of the Nigerian Bishops Conference, spoke as [Read More...]

Biblical and Diversity: Richard Beck

From Richard Beck: Sola scriptura produces pluralism. The “bible alone” creates doctrinal diversity. Biblical literalism proliferates churches.And five-hundred years of Protestantism is Exhibit A.The only way to get a single, unified church, as the Catholics will tell you, isn’t the bible. What you need, rather, is a magisterium, a teaching authority that says, for everyone, “this [Read More...]

Simply Good News: NT Wright’s New Book

C.S. Lewis sketched “mere” Christianity in those famous radio talks after World War 2 and the literary deposit, Mere Christianity, has shaped the mind of many of us. Then along came John Stott who “evangelicalized” Lewis’ book in his book Basic Christianity. Then along came England’s third contributor to this basics discussion with Simply Christian, followed by Simply Jesus [Read More...]

The Hope of Holy War

That expression — hope of holy war — may jar most of us, but it is the expression Joshua Ryan Butler uses in the 3d main section of his book The Skeletons in God’s Closet. So let’s get it out there. We are looking today at the God of holy war, at the morality of [Read More...]

SPU’s Tent City: Doing Good

Jack Levison: It is January 8th, 2015, a Thursday night, 7 PM, exactly 217 days — 5208 hours — after my daughter and I walked to the front of the auditorium, I walk again onto campus, this time with my wife Priscilla. The reception room is packed, so we nudge our way in, peering out [Read More...]

First Sunday after Epiphany

Father in heaven, Who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy [Read More...]

Free Speech Hypocrisy on the Homefront

David Brooks: The journalists at Charlie Hebdo are now rightly being celebrated as martyrs on behalf of freedom of expression, but let’s face it: If they had tried to publish their satirical newspaper on any American university campus over the last two decades it wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds. Student and faculty groups would have [Read More...]