The Emperor and Inerrancy

On the inerrancy posts I’ve had a number ask me to explain what I think. When I was a professor at TEDS inerrancy came up often; when I was at North Park, among many evangelical students and a seminary attached to the school and as I got to know Covenant pastors, inerrancy almost never came [Read More...]

Patriarchs and Persecution

Source: On 7 August 2014, at the heart of a Middle East soaked in blood, the Patriarchs of the East published a press release condemning conflicts and violence which overwhelm the entire region, and most particularly the persecution of innocents and Christians. The religious fundamentalism, and those who feed it through financing its armed movements, [Read More...]

Depression, a Pastoral Approach

From our friend Allan Bevere: With the tragic suicide of actor and comedian, Robin Williams, depression is once again in the headlines and before us in conversation. This morning Forbes has posted on the five common myths about depression. I will list those myths and encourage you to go to the site to read the [Read More...]

Inspiration? Yes! – Inerrancy? (RJS)

The post last Thursday (Pre-adamism and Hermeneutics) focused on the methods of biblical interpretation brought to bear in considerations of Adam and pre-adamic populations, particularly on the role concordism played and the effect of the harmonizing strategies on interpretation. The discussion of concordism and harmonizing strategies developed to keep faith with both science and scripture [Read More...]

What the Church can learn from AA 12 Steps (by T)

This post is by T. This is the second post in our series looking at what churches could learn from 12-step groups. Our first discussion talked about how the 12 steps are arguably a tailor-made response to a King-Jesus gospel.  Today I’d like to look at AA and support groups from a different, but related [Read More...]

Medical Zaniness

Source: How can this be? Imagine walking into a hospital and being charged more than $10,000 for a blood test to check your cholesterol level. And going to another hospital in the same state and being charged $10 for the exact same blood test. That’s what a team led by a University of California San [Read More...]

A “Chinese” Constantinianism

Source: The Chinese government is planning to introduce its own brand of Christian theology, the state-backed China Daily website reported last week. “The construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China’s national condition and integrate with Chinese culture,” Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The comments were made at a seminar on [Read More...]

Mission, Pluralism, and Inerrancy

In the final essay in Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy, John Franke reframes inerrancy through the theological grids of Trinitarian mission and epistemic pluralism. He begins where many have begun, and when I say “many” I mean many people who have said things to me and who have said so in writing (including John himself), that [Read More...]

Evangelical Alliance Examines the Conditionalists

The Evangelical Alliance is the UK’s version of a genuinely evangelical and ecumenical organization. If I may, American evangelicalism has never been able to get along well enough to form such an organization (unless I’m mistaken). It seeks to bring together all of the UK’s evangelicals; it does not attempt to show how other (supposed) [Read More...]

Retracing Paul’s Journeys

Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I can to be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites. The tour also will include a marvelous stop at none other [Read More...]

Michael Brown, Ferguson, and Church: Hope Begins Sunday

Derwin Gray: Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old, black teenager was recently shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. This is a sad, horrific, and an all too familiar ugly story. DIFFERENT WORLDS We don’t know all the details of what went down in Ferguson, but what we do [Read More...]

Baptizing Against Your Will (by Jason Micheli)

To Be Read at Your Confirmation:   Dear Tyler and Parker, In the event the bishop has whisked me away to another parish or, more likely, exiled me to the Eastern Shore, allow me to introduce myself. I’m the right reverend Jason, as in I’m right in most things and reverent about very few. I’m [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, [Read More...]

The President’s Silence

Kirsten Powers: (RNS) It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. On June 10, the barbaric extremists called the Islamic State captured the city of Mosul. By mid-July, they issued an edict to the Christians who [Read More...]

Rick Warren and Rwanda

Source: Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and author of The Purpose Driven Life, announced plans earlier this week at a press conference in Kigali, Rwanda, to host an unprecedented gathering of pastors and church leaders from all 54 African nations in conjunction with a national day of Thanksgiving next year. The [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 16 August 2014

Is there a better looking, more comfortable bus stop? Go Jackie Robinson West! Vicki Beeching, finding peace after coming out: Also at CT. Coming out can be incredibly hard for gay people to do – the fear of how family and friends will react often delays announcement for years, or even decades. But for Vicky [Read More...]

Women, Bibles, Translations

From Arise newsletter, by Kristin Gatza: Born and raised in Chicago, Kristin Gatza moved to Arizona, where she received a BA in biblical studies. She is currently a student at Fuller Theological Seminary working towards her MA in theology with an emphasis in language. When not in the classroom, Kristin is known as a frequent [Read More...]