Evolution is Stochastic (not Random) (RJS)

At the first public BioLogos Conference in the summer of 2015, Prof. Ard Louis, a professor of theoretical physics at Oxford gave an outstanding talk “Randomness and Other Metaphors in the Theory of Evolution.” The lecture is available on YouTube (see below). I’ve held off on posting about it because the lecture runs 46 minutes, [Read More…]

Slavery of the Imagination

Part 4: The Slavery of the Imagination, by Jonathan Storment I know that you are busy. You barely have time to read this, so chances are you are skimming. You have deadlines to meet, meetings to make, and lots of important stuff to do. So for me to suggest that those things are not as [Read More…]

A Matter of Providence (RJS)

Human life isn’t random luck. Rather it is the result of divine providence. Darrel R. Falk, former president of BioLogos and emeritus professor of biology at Point Loma Nazarene University agrees with Dennis Venema (Adam and the Genome) when it comes to the evidence for the long history and evolutionary past of the human species. [Read More…]

Jen vs. Tish

Jen Hatmaker took a stand in favor of same-sex marriage as consistent with the Christian faith. Recently Tish Harrison Warren wrote a piece in CT that drew a firestorm of critical response, including pieces and comments. Both missed an opportunity to talk about something more important. [Read more…]

O God…

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings, Rhodes Version 6 May 2017

That’s one serious moat (Rhodes Greece). Folks, there is a connection between the shooting of the young Jordan Edwards and what happens in the stands of Major League Baseball stadiums, and I’m glad the Cubs are speaking: Jason Heyward briefly looked at a television show discussing the racial slurs directed at Orioles center fielder Adam Jones [Read More…]

The Cross-Centered Bible for a Cross-Centered God

I begin as I did Wednesday. If Christ is the incarnation of God, and if that means Who Christ is should shape our view of Who God is, what’s next? Greg Boyd, in The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, contends that the center of the center is the cross. So the question becomes How central [Read More…]

Sound Off: What do you say?

Source: Suddenly those fat contract extensions Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Chris Collins signed look, well, adorable. Collins got Brad Underwood money, about $3 million a year, to tick past the new Illinois basketball coach. A source said Fitzgerald was boosted into the $3.5 million-to-$4 million range. That’s serious cabbage until you consider it’s roughly what [Read More…]

A Court of Restorative Justice

Source: CHICAGO—In most courts in the Cook County district, a person accused of a crime will have their case decided in a courtroom, by a judge. There’s little attempt to tackle any issues underlying the crime, and few alternatives to incarceration if they’re found guilty.A new court opening this summer in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood [Read More…]

The Bush of Hominins (RJS)

The bush of hominins … a rather cryptic title for this post. The term hominin refers to modern humans and groups affiliated with our immediate ancestors. In the figure this is certainly everything from Australopithecus up, and possibly everything from Ardipithecus up. Hominids (formerly used with roughly this meaning) is now taken to include modern [Read More…]

Learning to Power Off

By Jonathan Storment Part 3: Learning to Power Off, a reflection on Andy Crouch, The Tech Wise Family. Remember when the internet wasn’t everywhere? Remember when it was someplace you had to actually “go” to, and it took work trying to navigate it? Since Al Gore invented it, the internet has quickly expanded to being as [Read More…]

How Central is the Cross in Your View of Christ?

If Christ is the incarnation of God, and if that means Who Christ is should shape our view of Who God is, what’s next? Greg Boyd, in The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, contends that the center of the center is the cross. So the question becomes How central is the cross to your view [Read More…]

A Cry from the Heart (of Texas)

By Glenn Pemberton Tornado Season – Again Lord, it’s that time of year again, when many keep a weather-vigil; because they know how fast a blue sky with fluffy white clouds, can turn into a boiling dark cauldron of hail, rain, wind – and tornadoes. The evening news is already reporting the loss of life [Read More…]

Pass the Word: Our Next DMin Cohort — time to apply!

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. There is no DMin degree quite like this one and we are learning that pastors want this kind of contextual shaping kind of study of the New Testament. Think about joining [Read More…]

Jordan Edwards: Yet Again

Why? Texas authorities killed a 15-year-old boy as he was leaving a Dallas-area house party in what officials described on Monday as a shooting that did not meet police department standards. “We have a certain set of core values, and it did not meet our core values,” Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said. The [Read More…]

How do the Heavens Declare the Glory of God? (RJS)

The next chapter in Jim Stump’s excellent introduction to the issues surrounding Science and Christianity explores the pros and cons of Natural Theology. Christians generally defend the concept of natural theology – the idea that the study or observation of creation can lead us to God based on two passages of Scripture. Psalm 19:1-4 The [Read More…]

Farewelling Well

Farewelling well By Michelle Van Loon www.MichelleVanLoon.com and www.MomentsAndDays.org Many Evangelicals were shocked to hear that one of their own, broadcaster Hank Hanegraff, host of The Bible Answer Man syndicated radio program, had joined the Orthodox Church. Hanegraff’s faith shift is another account of a former Evangelical moving to a different stream of the Church. When [Read More…]