Politics of the Nations vs. the Politics of the Cross

By Allan Bevere, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary and a UMC pastor. No matter how times we talking kingdom and kingdom politics, American Christians — progressive and conservative — have aligned themselves with the politics of the nation. Allan Bevere here calls us once again to reconsider our politics and to align [Read More…]

Crowdsourcing Nun-Style

Source: CLIFTON, N.J. –  An aspiring nun who was told she couldn’t enter a convent until her student loan debt was paid off has used an online appeal to get the money. Alida Taylor, 28, was accepted to join the Sisters of Life in New York City in September. The Clifton, New Jersey, woman started [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who [Read More…]

Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians

By Dave Moore Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians! Chris Armstrong is a historian who serves as the founding director of Opus: The Art of Work, an institute on faith and vocation at Wheaton College. The following interview centers around Armstrong’s terrific new book, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 16 July 2016

Capi Lynn: SALEM, Ore. — A mystery philanthropist has been spreading cheer one $100 bill at a time for more than three years in and around Salem, Ore. He randomly hides the bills to be found at stores, markets, fairs and festivals, surprising and delighting unsuspecting shoppers and patrons. When the first reports surfaced in May [Read More…]

A Cycle of Grace that stops Ungrace

Denmark leads the way: [Officers] Link and Aarslev are crime prevention officers. They usually deal with locals who are drawn to right-wing extremism, or gangs. The landscape of global terrorism was completely new to them. But they decided to take it on. And once they did, they wound up creating an unusual — and unusually [Read More…]

New DMin at Northern Seminary

Northern Seminary is pleased to announce that the Apprentice Institute and faculty of Northern Seminary have partnered to deliver a Doctor of Ministry in Transformative Discipleship. This program is intentionally designed for Christian leaders who desire a deep experience in personal discipleship while simultaneously growing in the capacity to bring transformation to others within their [Read More…]

Top Ten Books #9 (A and B)

By John Frye For my 9th book of ten that have shaped my life, I’d like to bind two books together and consider them as one. The two books are by Scot McKnight. (I’m not including them because Scot is a friend and this is his blog site. I write about them because of the [Read More…]

Second Amendment or Jesus?

By Tim Suttle “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” [Read More…]

Open Carry: Problem or Solution?

Source: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (D) stood next to Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and dropped an extremely uncomfortable reality check: Open Carry, the movement pushed with near-fanatical obsession by Texas Republicans, not only did nothing to help stop the mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, but it actually made the situation far worse. Open Carry had [Read More…]

No Need to Fear (RJS)

One of my favorite writers of recent years, J. Richard Middleton, has joined BioLogos as a one of three 2016 Theology Fellows. As a fellow he will contribute six posts over the year on issues relating to the theology of creation. The first of these, Why Christians Don’t Need to be Threatened by Evolution, was [Read More…]

An Open and Relational God?

How does God engage in a meaningful relationship with humans and not change? And if God changes, are we to think of God in what is now called an “open and relational” theology? In the last post on Thomas Jay Oord’s book  The Uncontrolling Love of God we sketched six or seven models of how [Read More…]

The Body of Christ Needs Bad Teeth

By Jonathan Storment I go to church with a lot of people who have bad teeth. It is one of the reasons I love the church where I get to preach. That may sound odd, but if you don’t go to a church that is filled with cavities or dentures, I think something may be [Read More…]

Christian Identity

Identity enters us from a variety of angles: for some it is some kind of inner self, for others it is one’s vocational passion, for others it is successes — physical, financial, possessions, for others it is one’s social status, for others it is one’s friends, for others it is religious faith, for others one’s [Read More…]

Santorini to the Acropolis

On our tour of Paul’s and John’s Footsteps through Turkey and Greece, we cruised from Kusadasai (near Ephesus) to Patmos, Crete and Santorini before we made a night cruise into the harbor at Athens. Some pictures from these segments of our tour. Somehow you have to get from Turkey to Greece, and it is common [Read More…]

The Promise of Life and Curse of Death (RJS)

It is not uncommon for those who hold to a specific view of young earth creationism to claim that rejection of this view is rejection of the gospel itself. In particular, the acceptance of animal death before Adam sinned makes a mockery of the Christian story. James Stambaugh’s article Death Before Sin is one such [Read More…]

Our World, A Better Place

In his well-known book, To Change the World, James Davison Hunter argued that the way to change the world is (1) to gather elite people (2) who are close to the power, who (3) are part of large networks and (4) who have abundant resources (5) to press for a cause. John Nugent, in his exceptional [Read More…]