Christian Nepotism (Michelle Van Loon)

By Michelle Van Loon: So much of my Christian journey has been marked by the way those in power have used their social privilege to either protect themselves or promote those in their families or their inner circles. I’ve written about nepotism in this space before. Others (click here and here) have raised lots of important questions about nepotism and related [Read More...]

A Possible Approach to ḥērem in Deuteronomy? (RJS)

In the last post on Walter Moberly’s book Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture we considered the nature of Israel as a chosen people. One of the principle texts here is Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you [Read More...]

In Defense of Andy

A blast from the past. Andy Stanley, in an interview with Ed Stetzer, was asked about “verse-by-verse” preaching. He called it “cheating” and … his response leaves me with a series of questions that still deserve discussion today: What did Ed mean by “verse-by-verse”? What did Andy understand by “verse-by-verse”? What relationship is there between [Read More...]

Pew Center’s Newest Study

Source: To be sure, the United States remains home to more Christians than any other country in the world, and a large majority of Americans – roughly seven-in-ten – continue to identify with some branch of the Christian faith.1 But the major new survey of more than 35,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that [Read More...]

What This Proves?

I’d say this establishes that the progressive/liberal wing is in the ascendancy in the media and in denunciations while the traditional/conservative may well be the majority? Andrew Wilson, on the recent elections in England: What is striking, however, is just how far this phenomenon extends. What confounded the pollsters was not the people who voted [Read More...]

Tom Oord: Evil and Big Questions, Like Evolution

Tom Oord: As I prepared for my presentation, I realized that engaging intellectually challenging questions requires courage and humility. Too often, Christians shrink from asking the hard questions and dealing with the realities of their possible answers. So they need the Spirit and community of faith to in-courage them. But Christians can be sometimes tempted [Read More...]

Jesus Appearing to Muslims in their Dreams (Jonathan Storment)

Christians are so hard to tolerate, I don’t know how Jesus does it. -Bono Sometimes I am embarrassed to say that I am a Christian.  I am not embarrassed of Jesus, I am embarrassed by his representatives.  I know this is a cliché, but there is a reason that it has been said so much, [Read More...]

Salvation as Process

From A Fellowship of Differents. Every fall the church I grew up in had a revival, a weeklong set of evening services designed to get our neighbors saved. In order to do so, we first had to invite them to church, which took more pluck than I usually had. When they got to our church [Read More...]

Hoodwinked into a Culture of Fear

Gareth Higgins: Our culture has been hoodwinked by the idea that we’re living in the center of crisis, when actually we’re in the midst of the evolution of hope. It is true that each killing is a universe of loss to the victim’s loved ones, and solidarity with the suffering of others is not only [Read More...]

Mother’s Day: Sensitive Thoughts (Michelle Van Loon)

Michelle Van Loon: This is hell week for those who are grieving the loss of a mother or child. Greeting card companies, florists, jewelers and kitsch vendors urge us to celebrate the mothers in our lives. School children across America are making crayoned cards to gift to their mamas this Sunday. Churches have mothers stand for a round [Read More...]

Not a Scientific Hypothesis (RJS)

Chapter four of Mark Harris’s book The Nature of Creation looks at creation according to the bible outside of Genesis 1-3 (Genesis 1-3 was covered in the previous chapter and our previous post Theologies of Creation?).  The key point is that “God as Creator cannot straightforwardly be treated either as a scientific hypothesis to be [Read More...]

Moving Beyond the Problems

Kyle Roberts, a former professor at Bethel who has since left and is now teaching in other venues, has a post up on the Progressive Christians portal at Patheos about the problems with inerrancy. At one time this was called “deconstruction” though technically speaking this is not deconstruction. If you read the whole or Kyle’s [Read More...]

Seymour Hersh: Always Interesting, Never Totally Accurate

Seymour Hersh: It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American [Read More...]

Minimalist/Capsule Wardrobe

And this is news? Should have asked me years ago. Joshua Becker: The capsule wardrobe movement continues to gain momentum. Fast fashion deserves criticism. And our culture’s obsession with ever-changing fashion trends is an artificial pursuit manufactured by those who benefit from it. The capsule wardrobe movement is far from mainstream. But, elevated in the social consciousness by some high-profile [Read More...]

Repainting Hell 2 (Jeff Cook)

Repainting Hell: The End of Evil  (Jeff Cook) As Thomas Aquinas once offered five ways to know a God exists, so too I hope to offer five ways to know that hell is not “eternal conscious torment.” Like Aquinas, my arguments will be philosophical in nature. Though I think there are many solid biblical reasons [Read More...]

Willard’s Beautiful Apologetics

An argument can be made that the best apologists often don’t do apologetics. They live with commendable character, they teach and preach and write well, and they minister to others in such a way that their faith is compelling. Dallas Willard was that kind of apologist. In other words he did apologetics but not the [Read More...]

Happy Mother’s Day Mothers!

Kris and I want to wish all the mothers who read this blog a robust Happy Mother’s Day! Whatever you call your mom — and here’s a good listing — wish her a happy Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s day to my Mom. This is our third Mother’s Day without Kris’ mom, Betty, and we will [Read More...]