Megachurch Opens to Women Pastors and Leaders

Jeremiah Gibbs: One year ago this week I wrote that Grace Church of Noblesville, IN, (a northern Indianapolis suburb) had publicly changed their position intheir weekend services to support women at all levels of leadership. The previous article was viewed nearly 20,000 times and sparked articles about the sermon in national media. Readers were encouraged that a church of [Read More...]

Pray for Our Friend Jason

Friends and readers of the Jesus Creed blog will know that I post at times the sermons of a young, gifted narrative preacher, Jason Micheli. I’m asking you to pray for Jason and Ali and their two sons at this time, I’m asking you to pray for his good friend and fellow pastor Dennis Perry, [Read More...]

Fifty Shades of Grey, by Mimi Haddad

Mimi Haddad, from Arise: Dr. Mimi Haddad is president of Christians for Biblical Equality. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of Durham, England. She and her husband, Dale, live in the Twin Cities. Follow her on Twitter @Mimi_CBE. As [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 14 February 2015

Fear and memory, by Leslie Evans Ogden: The experience inspired McKinnon, now a clinical psychologist, to study what trauma does to the brain – how it changes what we remember and why some people experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In recent years, she and a number of other researchers have been trying to understand [Read More...]

The Biggest Time Waster?

WaPo by Brigid Schulte: Can we all just stop? How many times have you grumbled about your e-mail. Then, in a burst of faux productivity, fired off a bunch just to get them out of your inbox? How often have you felt virtuously busy and productive all day, only, at the end of it to [Read More...]

How to Beat “Hate Speech”?

Tom Slater: One month on from the Charlie Hebdo massacre, free speech is still under attack. The outpouring of public revulsion at the bloody silencing of ‘blasphemous’ cartoonists after the attack was inspiring. It was a visceral display of support for the right to speak one’s mind – as crudely, offensively and blasphemously as one chooses – [Read More...]

“Pastor”: Drop the Caricature (by John Frye)

Because of the drift away from Jesus the Pastor (Shepherd), the pastoral landscape is awash with convoluted definitions of pastoral work squeezed into an American cultural mold. I desire to be a voice for and champion of the local church pastor with the understanding that Jesus is the Supreme Example of and Empowering Reality for [Read More...]

An Old Idea Returns

I was talking with a pastor not that long ago who told me the most intense problem in their church fellowship was what he called an evangelical kind of “pietism,” which term for him described those who come to church, are good people, but who want to be left alone as they are and not [Read More...]

Sports and Your Circadian Rhythms

Jia You: Not good at sports? Maybe you’re just playing at the wrong time of day. In a new study, researchers analyzed the lifestyles of field hockey and squash players using detailed surveys and diary entries. Based on the athletes’ natural circadian rhythms, or internal clocks, the researchers classified those who naturally rise and sleep [Read More...]

Beware the Owl!

Sarah Larimer: If you don’t believe me — a human being who has both been chased by a goose as a child and pecked in the head by a tiny winged attacker as an adult — then maybe you should believe Ron Jaecks, a runner who was targeted by an owl at an Oregon park. Reports the Statesman [Read More...]

Kingdom Competition (by Allan Bevere)

Competition for the Kingdom (by Allan Bevere) Years ago there were two churches in a certain community, a Methodist church and a Baptist Church. The Baptists were temporarily without a pastor when a church deacon died. The family asked the Methodist pastor if he would conduct the funeral service. This was the Methodist’s pastor’s first [Read More...]

Darwin’s Doubt and Intelligent Design (RJS)

A couple of years ago Stephen C. Meyer published Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design as a continuation of the argument he began in Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.  I’ve read Signature in the Cell, and we discussed it in a [Read More...]

Douthat and President Obama as a Niebuhrian

Ross Douthat from NYTimes: PRESIDENT OBAMA, like many well-read inhabitants of public life, is a professed admirer of Reinhold Niebuhr, the famous mid-20th-century Protestant theologian. And more than most presidents, he has tried to incorporate one of Niebuhr’s insights into his public rhetoric: the idea that no society is innocent, and that Americans in particular [Read More...]

FBCTLH: 1st Baptist Tallahassee

I’m on sabbatical  and we are in Florida, and it’s not been a bad gig to be gone from the winter blizzard and snows in Chicago this winter. We do miss the chatter we all loved in talking about how bad the weather is! I’m working on a commentary on Colossians and Philemon (NICNT). But [Read More...]

Is it Really a Church You’re Leaving (Sean Palmer)

Is It Really A Church You’re Leaving? (by Sean Palmer) Sean Palmer is Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX. He is a sought-after speaker and teacher. You can read more from Sean at and follow him at him on Twitter, @seanpalmer. If there’s one thing everyone wants, but few people work [Read More...]

Deconstructing the Bully God — NT Wright

Good God, bad God. That’s the problem with so much Christian theology. A bad view of God is destructive to the faith, to the church, and to the person. N.T. Wright, in Simply Good News, seeks to present how the Bible presents God and the first thing that has to be done to get this God [Read More...]

Japan’s Newest Mandate

Ishaan Tharoor: The Japanese government plans to submit legislation to the country’s parliament that would make it mandatory for workers to take at least five days of paid vacation a year. The move reflects the desire of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to curb Japan’s notorious work culture, where office workers are known to log long hours and [Read More...]