Tactile Reading

Source, Rachel Grate: It’s no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their peers. But not all forms of reading [Read More…]

The Image of God (RJS)

The next five theses on the Adam and Eve of Genesis in their context (Adam and the Genome) develop the significance of humanity created in the image and likeness of God. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea [Read More…]

The Emergence of the Eucharist

In one of the most influential, however small, books on early Christian worship, Paul Bradshaw maps the development of the meals of Jesus into the eucharist. I have added numbers and reformated the citation. See his book Reconstructing Early Christian Worship (pp. 18-19). I believe that the regular sharing of food was fundamental to the common [Read More…]

10 Commandments: Federal Laws?

Shawna Dolansky: Taken together as a Decalog, what kind of document is this? Is it a religious text? Or a moral code? This question matters, because the anti-establishment clause in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment has been invoked on both sides of the debate about the appropriateness of displaying the Bible’s 10 Commandments in government [Read More…]

John MacArthur’s Accusations against NT Wright

This is a six minute clip from YouTube. What is your reasoned response? A few observations. First, very few define “new perspective” well, including MacArthur. Few also know the principal voices. They begin with Krister Stendahl and then W.D. Davies and then E.P. Sanders and then James D.G. Dunn and only then N.T. Wright. Some, [Read More…]

Church Size: The Optimal Number?

In a recent article over at Seedbed, Howard Snyder asks this question and offers his view: [HT: JS] How large should your church be? Silly question, you say. Depending on your theology or worldview, you might add: * Large as possible! Bigger is better! * That’s up to God! * I’m shooting for 1,000 (or [Read More…]

O God, You Have Taught Us

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 8 July 2017

On therapy animals, which we saw on a bus at Logan International airport this week: A therapy-animal trend grips the United States. The San Francisco airport now deploys a pig to calm frazzled travelers. Universities nationwide bring dogs (and a donkey) onto campus to soothe students during finals. Llamas comfort hospital patients, pooches provide succor [Read More…]

Evangelizing the Nones

From the Catholic News Agency Orlando, Fla., Jul 4, 2017 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The way we evangelize should grab the world by the shoulders and shake it out of its apathy, Bishop Robert Barron told a crowd of Catholic leaders Tuesday. Evangelization is especially urgent as the ‘nones’ – the number of the [Read More…]

Mary Karr, Poets and Pastors

By John Frye Mary Karr is an author, poet, survivor of a catastrophic childhood in the southeast swamp of Texas called Leechfield, and one funny lady. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University. I stumbled across her when looking for books of poetry on amazon.com. The title of her book [Read More…]

Why Go to Seminary? Here’s Ten Reasons

I began my career teaching seminary students, shifted to undergraduates for seventeen years, and now am teaching at a seminary again, at Northern Seminary (check out our DMin and MANT special cohorts). This move has driven me to think and rethink what seminary provides the church, or what the church provides the seminary. Today’s post [Read More…]

All-Boys School: A Hit!

Source: WASHINGTON — Like many of the 100 or so freshmen who enrolled last August at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, Zion Matthews had mixed feelings. He’ll freely admit, as will many of his classmates, that he ended up at the new, all-boys’ school for one reason: his mother suggested — no, insisted — [Read More…]

Remember the Sabbath, to Keep it Holy (RJS)

Exodus 20 ties the command to remember the Sabbath directly to the Genesis 1 story of creation. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; you shall not do any work, you or [Read More…]

Is Patriarchy Unsafe for Women?

The gospel sets free, and empowers indiscriminately. We the church must do the same.

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My Jesus Creed Books: $3.99 Sale

My Jesus Creed/Paraclete Press e-books are on sale this month at $3.99. The link is to the 10th Anniversary edition of Jesus Creed, but the titles can be seen in the image. [Read more…]

Seattle, Minimum Wage Hikes, and 538

538: As cities across the country pushed their minimum wages to untested heights in recent years, some economists began to ask: How high is too high? Seattle, with its highest-in-the-country minimum wage,1 may have hit that limit. In January 2016, Seattle’s minimum wage jumped from $11 an hour to $13 for large employers, the second [Read More…]

What I Learned in Seminary: Professors Should Push Theological Buttons

By Mitch East Before the semester began, I heard rumors about my theology class. Past students assured me the class would be difficult. “There’s so much reading,” they moaned. Some students mourned the harm done to their GPA before taking the class. But despite all the warnings, everyone said the class was worth it. So [Read More…]