How to be a (Realist) Egalitarian

The issue is not if one is to be an egalitarian but how to be an egalitarian. (Not disrespecting that complementarians believe the same about themselves.) The issue John Stackhouse addresses in a chapter called “What Then?” (the book is called Partners in Christ) is how to be an egalitarian in a Christian manner. This is how [Read More...]

E.P. Sanders on E.P. Sanders

Last Friday I posted a summary by N.T. Wright of E.P. Sanders’ view of Judaism and Paul but I thought it would be good today to post Sanders’ own summary of what he accomplished (or said) in his famous Paul and Palestinian Judaism, a book every intelligent reader of Paul must read for herself or himself. [Read More...]

Prayer for Your Week

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made [Read More...]

Pulitzer Prize Winner Interview

Pulitzer Prize Winner, James McPherson: Interview James McPherson is widely viewed as the foremost living scholar of the Civil War era.  McPherson’s book, Battle Cry of Freedom, won the Pulitzer Prize and has sold 700,000 copies.  Fifteen other books have come from McPherson’s gifted pen (and then followed by his trusty Olympia typewriter). McPherson has [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 7 November 2015

Want a church in Vancouver? Save your money. Congregations looking to buy a place of worship are losing faith in Vancouver’s hot real estate market. “To buy a church in Vancouver right now you have to spend at least $2 million,” said Leonardo di Francesco, with Church Realtors. He has been selling places of worship for the past 20 years. [Read More...]


Sarah Kaplan: “When does ‘eating clean’ become an eating disorder?” That was the headline on Broadly writer Claudia McNeilly’s lengthy piece on a little-researched, still-disputed medical condition known as “orthorexia.” Within 24 hours of publication, “orthorexia” was trending on Facebook and the piece had garnered thousands of comments. Half the responses were ecstatic: “Awesome article,” one person wrote. “[I] would [Read More...]

Jesus, Lord of All

By John Frye One of the most amazing set of parallels is that between the stilling of the storm on the sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41) and the exorcising of the legion of demons from a man of Gerasenes (Mark 5:1-20).  The turbulent storm on the sea is parallel to the terrifying existence of the [Read More...]

The New Perspective(s) on Paul Begin with EP Sanders

In the mid to late 90s I began to hear traditional, mostly the Reformed with hints of Lutheranism Christian leaders begin to accuse the “new perspective” of weaknesses and in the criticism I was hearing descriptions of what “new perspective on Pau” (NPP) theologians believed — as if the NPP had a systematic theology worked [Read More...]

The Heaven Promise Podcast

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Campbellsville University and Christians for Biblical Equality

Dr. Mimi Haddad is president of Christians for Biblical Equality. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of Durham, England. She and her husband, Dale, live in the Twin Cities. Follow her on Twitter @Mimi_CBE. From Arise, by Mimi [Read More...]

Doomsday Approaches (RJS)

A couple of weeks ago I put up a post (Just the Facts Please) on Jonathan Hill’s short book Emerging Adulthood and Faith. This book describes some of his research into the faith evolution of young adults today – trying to separate the influence of stage of life from historical and generational effects. A wise [Read More...]

White Heresy, Black Heresy (by Austin Fischer)

White Heresy, Black Heresy (by Austin Fischer) There’s a lot of talk about heresy nowadays. Much of it is sloppy—ad hominem accusations carelessly slung at those who have the audacity to disagree with us. But heresy is a helpful and inevitable concept, whether we think in terms of bounded sets (this belief is “out of [Read More...]

The Seven: Envy

The Seven: Envy “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all” –The Witch from Snow White “Love does not envy” –St. Paul I’m a very competitive person. I always have been. I love to win. I love Jesus. I’m starting to learn those two things don’t go well together. Here’s why: When [Read More...]

Evangelical Progressives: A Public Theology of Community

When it comes to institutions aligned with evangelical progressivism it is not as easy to say “there it is” but when it comes to people, one can point directly at Jim Wallis. While I’m not convinced many Christians who seek to influence the state have an explicit teleology, an activist commitment to influence forms the heart [Read More...]

Douthat Defies the Professors

We now have a three-phase battle between conservative Roman Catholic NYTimes columnist vs. liberal Roman Catholic American professors. Here is the essence of each of the three skirmishes: Douthat: (He thinks he smells a rat in Pope Francis.) And right now the chief plotter is the pope himself. Francis’s purpose is simple: He favors the [Read More...]

A Spherical Earth … Oh No! (RJS)

The next chapter in Kyle Greenwood’s new book Scripture and Cosmology looks at the move from an ancient Near Eastern view of the cosmos to an Aristotelian view. In the fifth and fourth century BC (i.e. 400′s and 300′s) change was afoot. The typical ancient Near Eastern view of the cosmos involved a flat earth [Read More...]

Complementarians Respond to Egalitarians

John Stackhouse’s Partners in Christ may be the most honest book ever written in the complementarian-egalitarian debate; it is without doubt the fairest book on the topic I’ve seen. This honesty begins with method. In essence, anyone who claims his (or her) view covers all the evidence is overcooking the claim. Notice these words of candid method: [Read More...]