Race and Gender: What Being a Woman Preacher Has to do With Racial (In)Justice

By Mallory Wyckoff (DMin, MTS). She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Tim and daughter Olive. Mallory spent 5 years working with young women who have survived various forms of sexual trauma, and now teaches Bible and theology courses at Lipscomb University. Mallory also serves as a spiritual director in Nashville. Her fundamental convictions [Read More…]

The Layperson and ETS

By Michelle Van Loon http://www.michellevanloon.com and http://www.MomentsAndDays.org A group of academics gather for a theology conference. Papers and panels have been vetted in advance of the event, and conferees move from session to session listening to presentations. There are books to be purchased, break-out sessions and dinners and meetings to attend. After the conference, the academics head back to [Read More…]

Howard Snyder and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Well known Christian leader Howard Snyder reviews a recent book — called HRC. Source: HRC is well worth reading, whatever your politics. It is a good counterpoint both to the noxiously anti-Hillary books and online trash and to the pro-Hillary propaganda. The Hillary Clinton portrayed here is consistent with what I’ve read and heard previously [Read More…]

Not Just Better; It Works (RJS)

(Image from Wikipedia: credit) The final section of the new book The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? summarizes the evidence for the Grand Canyon as a monument to an ancient earth and asks if the differing conclusions reached by mainstream geologists and flood geologists is just [Read More…]

Ten Ways Jesus Ruined His Own Campaign

It’s campaign and election season for all of us, but I’m even deeper in campaign mode than usual. I’m in the throes of my husband’s run for the state house while also in my own “campaign”—publisher’s terminology—as my tenth book releases this week. And that book (Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the [Read More…]

Time to be an Anabaptist (David Swartz)

David Swartz, author of Moral Minority, and at the link you can read the full post, which is just clipped here: He is pressing the case that this is a good time to be an Anabaptist (politically speaking). Why? Nationalism, realpolitik, consumerism, and the consistently-pro-life ethic of anabaptists. First, American political discourse tends to conflate the purposes [Read More…]

In the Beginning, The Gospel: Al Mohler vs. Andy Stanley

Before the apostles, during the period of the apostles, and before there were written records, before the Gospels were written, during the time of the apostles writing and yet before there was anything like a canon or what we now call the New Testament … before this and during this… the gospel was alive and well, [Read More…]

Are you Pro-Life or Just Anti-Abortion? By T

By T One of the issues that has been brought to the fore in this election season, at least for Christians, is what it means to be “pro-life.” Certainly, the usage of the term in the political world of the US is a euphemism for one’s view on whether abortion should or shouldn’t be a [Read More…]

Almighty and Everlasting God

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy [Read More…]

The Image Matters

Chris Gehrz, on Sallman’s head of Christ: I’m quite sure that being exposed so often to Sallman’s Head of Christ not only fixed my idea about the physical appearance of Jesus, but unconsciously shaped my self-identity as a white American. Let me quote again from Blum and Harvey: By wrapping itself with the alleged form of Jesus, whiteness gave itself a [Read More…]

Staying Home on Election Day? What would James Madison Say?

Staying Home on Election Day. What Would James Madison Say? Garrett Ward Sheldon is the John Morton Beaty Professor of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Virginia (at Wise). His book, The Political Philosophy of James Madison framed this interview. The interview was conducted by David George Moore. Dave’s videos can be seen [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 1 October 2016

E.D. Hirsch, Jr., is penetratingly right; the issue is the “educrats” who impose educational strategies on the basis of unproven theories: Why has the topic of teacher quality suddenly reached such a crescendo? Education reform has been on the national agenda since 1983, the year of A Nation at Risk, but only in the last [Read More…]

Grateful to Zondervan for This: The Collection

From Zondervan’s press folks with a special price attached: Designed for churches and groups studying the most important issues in the Christian faith, this collection includes 4 of Scot McKnight’s most important writings to help all of us to better understand what we believe and how we live. A compelling statement of how to read [Read More…]

In Addition to Plagiarism, What Else?

Empty or Eternal Words? By John Frye Plagiarism from the pulpit has been a topic here at the One-T Saloon for a few weeks now. I weighed in on that sad theme last Friday. “One t” Scot McKnight invited me to broaden the topic by writing on the temptations of the pastor regarding preaching. These [Read More…]

Cultivate Humility (RJS)

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 The second section of A Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science by Josh Reeves and Steve Donaldson looks at characteristics of a faithful [Read More…]

Good for ESV

Jeremy Weber, at CT, writes (at the link more can be found): The publisher of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible has reversed its controversial decision to finalize the text after tweaking 29 verses. “We have become convinced that this decision was a mistake,” stated Crossway president and CEO Lane Dennis in an [Read More…]

Preaching “Secondary” Characters (by Naomi Walters)

Naomi Walters is an Associate Professor of Religion at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, MI, and in the final stage (read: defending this week) of the Doctor of Ministry program at Lipscomb University. Naomi enjoys reading Scripture with others, and imagining the kingdom of God described therein, a passion that informed her preaching ministry at [Read More…]