Postponed Footnotes

I saw this article through a link John Stackhouse posted on his FB feed. Footnotes can be found for some books at an online site. Yikes. Source: I had one such experience recently. I was working on a review of William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a [Read More...]

AA and One Another (by T)

This [author of the post is our regular contributor, T] is our fourth post in our series on what the Church can learn from AA and related recovery groups. I am grateful to Scot for being so gracious to host this series. (The other posts, in order of appearance are here, here and here). For [Read More...]

Simple Strategies for Developing an Integrated Local Church

Let us assume that a multi-ethnic church is the design of God. We can discuss issues like demographics and segregation, but I want to expand the categories to mean an integrated church in the sense that it is capable of crossing boundaries in a way that embodies a fellowship that transcends the dominant culture and [Read More...]

Carbs vs. Fats

Nutritional science, the most volatile of the sciences when it comes to shifting, has this on low-carb vs. low-fat diets for losing weight: Q. Not all carbohydrates are bad for you. Does the study distinguish between whole-food carbohydrates and refined carbohydrates? A. You are certainly right that the source of carbohydrates is important. Most researchers [Read More...]

TV or Internet? Which is you?

Source: TV is increasingly for the old, and the Internet is for the young, according to new research by media analyst Michael Nathanson of Moffett Nathanson Research. The median age of a broadcast or cable television viewer during the 2013-2014 TV season was 44.4 years old, a 6 percent increase in age from four years [Read More...]

Grant us, O Lord…

Grant us, O Lord, To trust in you with all our hearts. For as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now [Read More...]

Good NFL News

Source: It’s possible that no NFL player has ever been so relieved to be on his team’s practice squad. For Devon Still, the Cincinnati Bengals’ decision means he’ll be able to stay close to his daughter, who’s fighting cancer — and it will help pay for the roughly $1 million her fight will require. Still [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 6 September 2014

Hello from Lake Tahoe! Emily Badger’s wonderful sketch of research that confirms that where you are in 1st grade largely determines your success: Over time, their lives were constrained — or cushioned — by the circumstances they were born into, by the employment and education prospects of their parents, by the addictions or job contacts [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer, Marriage and Abortion

Writing in Ettal, not far from Munich where Bonhoeffer was working as a double agent in but against Hitler’s tyrannical system, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began to write his work on Ethics. In the official works of Bonhoeffer (DBW 6) there is a full explication of the order of the various manuscripts he wrote, with full attention [Read More...]

Leadership Re-Imagined

How does one discover a “biblical” understanding of leadership? It is rather obvious to many that some find the “best practices” models derived from the business and corporate worlds and baptize that model into a bowl full of Bible verses and pronounce it biblical — and for the pragmatic, it is confirmed because it works [Read More...]

Yes, Kingdom Conspiracy Arrives

I got one copy of Kingdom Conspiracy from Brazos Wednesday not long before Kris and I took for the airport, and I am so happy to see this one in print. It should be available at booksellers and electronic sites in the next 2-3 weeks. We will also have a trailer available before too long. So [Read More...]

Own or Rent?

Henry Grabar: Between 1970 and 1990, the population of Philadelphia shrank by a quarter, dropping from 1.95 to 1.59 million. Like many American cities, it seemed caught in a downward spiral. Since then – like many American cities – Philadelphia has stabilized. The population now appears to have bottomed out at the millennium, and has [Read More...]

Down to Earth Hope (RJS)

Romans 8:18-22 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the [Read More...]

Embedded Faith and the Young Adult

If I mention these two things a response will follow: grouping young adults into “generations” that can be generalized as descriptions of an entire swath of people, and (second) claiming young adults have ceased attending churches. The third one comes shortly after the two: What can we do to keep young adults in the church? First [Read More...]

Fighter? How about for Unity?

By Anne Marie Miller: [click on the link to read her full post] Here’s the thing. If you don’t know the person you’re dragging through the mud, you have no scriptural basis to bring what he or she is doing to a public forum where anyone can read. If you do not have an accountable relationship [Read More...]

Reading the Bible and the Bible Reading You (by Josh Graves)

Reading the Bible and the Bible Reading You Joshua Graves is the lead minister for the Otter Creek Church in suburban Nashville, TN. He is author of The Feast (2009), Heaven on Earth (2012), and How Not To Kill a Muslim (2015). You can follow Josh on twitter@joshgraves. At some point, being a Jesus person means you gotta read the Bible. [Read More...]

Has the Church been Secularized?

There is a theory, called the secularization theory, that says the church has gradually surrendered its heart and limbs to the public, to the state, to culture. The theory contends that modernity’s marches of rationality and science inevitably secularizes society and therefore the church falls in line. In an informed note in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s  Ethics [Read More...]