Kingdom Conspiracy at Northern in November

From the Missio Alliance website: We’re excited to be partnering with Northern Seminary to host a morning of presentations and conversation with Scot McKnight around his newest book, Kingdom Conspiracy: Recovering the Radical Mission of the Local Church. This event is especially for Chicagoland church and ministry leaders as well as seminary students. With special thanks to Baker Books, everyone who [Read More...]

Do you “Uber”?

On the plane Kris and I overheard a young woman say to her friend, “Let’s just Uber.” As two who learned German when we were young, we wanted to know what was “over” but, because we had ourselves “Uber-ed” to the airport and were planning on “Uber-ing” back home, we smiled quietly to ourselves. Wondering, [Read More...]

Love Hurts (by Jonathan Storment)

“Whenever someone says, I hope you hear this ‘in Christian love’ get ready to be hated on.”-Jon Acuff “Everyone loves the idea of forgiveness…until they have something to forgive.” –C.S. Lewis In Christian Love: Love Hurts A few years ago, I read about an anthropologist who lived for a while among the Hopi tribe. The anthropologist [Read More...]

What is a Morally “Good” Person?

Here is the essence of virtue ethics: character produces behavior. Even more: a good character acts out in goodness. Virtue ethics, to be sure, contends that habits produce the character that then lives the good life. But what is a good person? Dallas Willard and Gary Black, Jr., in The Divine Conspiracy Continued, in their pivotal chapter [Read More...]

Adulthood and Leadership: Collapsing?

By A.O. Scott: The desire to be an adult, to be a grown-up, to be a leader… this essay, and I’ve clipped very little of a substantive study, observes that adulthood is dying in American culture. And I read in Bonhoeffer’s Ethics the night before I was sent a link to this piece below (HT: JS), a [Read More...]

The World is Sacred Space (RJS)

In his new book Seriously Dangerous Religion,  Iain Provan begins by sketching the vision of the world and of creation that the authors of Genesis portray.  This vision is contrasted with that of other religious views (Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.), with the philosophy and religion of the Greeks, and with the ancient Near Eastern (ANE) religions.  Today [Read More...]

How Christians Tell the Story of Judaism (Lynn Cohick)

The Apostle Paul re-imagined after Yad Vashem, by Lynn Cohick, professor at Wheaton College. Last summer (2013) I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum located in Jerusalem, Israel. It was my third visit in seven years. This time I visited as a member of The Christian Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and [Read More...]

When the Wife is Happy…

Source: When the wife is happy with a long-term partnership, the husband is happier, no matter how he feels about the marriage. For marital quality, it seems the wife’s happiness matters more than the husband’s. The conclusion comes from a new study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, which looked at the marital satisfaction [Read More...]

Does Personal Bible Reading Destroy the Church? (Paul Penley)

Bible Reading Destroys the Church (Part 1 of 2), by Paul Penley (contact info at bottom of post) Would Jesus promote personal Bible reading? You probably never thought to ask yourself that question. Protestant Christians assume getting a Bible into everyone’s hand is a good thing. Christian donors pump hundreds of millions into Bible translation [Read More...]

Which Topic Draws the Least Discussion on this Blog?

Race. If you are tempted to move to another post or website because of that first word, you need this post. I once convinced Oxford University Press to send me six copies of J. Kameron Carter’s powerful book Race: A Theological Account. I asked a variety of scholars to review the book chapter by chapter, and [Read More...]

Thinking Yourself Forward

CNN, by Sara Cheshire: (CNN) – There wasn’t anything that could bring singer Pharrell Williams down in his hit song “Happy.” Turns out he was on to something. Being happy and optimistic can prolong your life, help you manage stress, lower your risk of death from cardiovascular disease and even help protect you from the common [Read More...]

NFL and Arrests

A culture has been created in football that tragically encourages disrespect for social law as well as for violence. Here are some stats on the kinds of arrests found among NFL players: Source [Read more...]

O God, because without you…

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more...]

IVCF Responds

The press release from IVCF in response to the non-recognition of IVCF chapters on university campuses, particularly the state universities in California. Their energies for making contact with new students is to be applauded, and I hope university town churches will immediately determine that ministry to university students is their important calling. (Madison, WI) – [Read More...]

Pious Nietzsche! An Interview with Bruce Ellis Benson

By David Moore: Pious Nietzsche?! David George Moore conducted this interview.  Dave blogs at Bruce Ellis Benson is professor of philosophy at Wheaton College.  His endlessly fascinating book, Pious Nietzsche, framed the following conversation. Moore: Though Pious Nietzsche is an “academic” book, I really appreciated your lucid style which makes it very accessible. The [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 13 September 2014

Once again, as I look over our Meanderings, a big thanks to Kris who scouts out more from the internet than do I. A bright Saturday morning image to get us going. Gotta love that memory of Olivia Newton John and John Travolta kicking it up. One of my favorite cult classics. A splendid post [Read More...]

Benefits of Foreign Language Learning

Source: Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language. The study is part of a growing body of research using brain imaging technologies to better understand the cognitive benefits of language [Read More...]