TGC’s Blocking Brigade?

Jonathan Merritt, at RNS, writes about TGC’s habit of blocking its critics, and I have no idea if I’m blocked or not. Blocking is needed in the blog world, but in 12+ years of blogging here at Jesus Creed I’ve had to block less than 15 people (I would estimate). Used with permission by Jonathan. [Read More…]

Also in Eden? (RJS)

Lately I’ve been listening to the book of Ezekiel on my commute. One morning last week the passages included Ezekiel 28 and the lament against the king of Tyre caught my attention (vv.11-19). The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say [Read More…]


To catch how radical his vision really was, we need to enter into a different worldview and a different mindset — we need to go back, and behind where we usually go, to the world of Paul to see what he was actually trying to accomplish. As James Thompson, in The Church according to Paul, puts [Read More…]

Yawns and Hiccups

From Cleveland Clinic: Throughout the ages, people have wondered and invented explanations – some reasonable and some quite far-fetched – as to why we yawn, hiccup and get goosebumps. Centuries ago, people claimed hiccups meant a growth spurt for children, that you should cover your mouth during a yawn to prevent your soul from leaving [Read More…]

Not Without a Struggle (by Jameelah Rheaves)

By Jameelah Rheaves, one of our Northern students. At times a paper for a class comes across my desk that I say, “This has to be shared with a wider public, beginning with my blog.” Jameelah’s review of Vashti McKenzie’s book was such a paper — the paper was fresh, insightful, and eye-opening for all [Read More…]

Corporate Worship Analysis-itis

By Michelle Van Loon or I don’t know how to go to a church service anymore. I spent a lot of time during the 1990’s writing and occasionally producing skits for church services, as well as a few full-length plays. These bits of spiritual theater were once known as “chancel dramas”. With the advent of the [Read More…]

Mutual (not unilateral) Submission, by Craig Keener

By Craig Keener, professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, is author of twenty books including Paul, Women & Wives, The IVP Bible Background Commentary, and, most recently with his wife, Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope against all Odds. Sometimes Paul gets a bad rap. The slave narratives are replete with [Read More…]

Practice, Practice, Practice

NPR, by Cory Turner: What made Mozart great? Or Bobby Fischer? Or Serena Williams? The answer sits somewhere on the scales of human achievement. On one side: natural talent. On the other: hard work. Many would argue that success hangs in some delicate balance between them. But not Anders Ericsson. Ericsson has spent decades studying [Read More…]

Prayer of the Week

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, a nd by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Muhammad Ali Has Passed

I will remember Muhammad Ali for his clowning around as much as his boxing. [Read more…]

Our Church, a Reading Community

From my foreword to C. Christopher Smith, Reading for the Common Good: At a recent party at a friend’s home, a home we call Crickhollow, a bundle of folks from Church of the Redeemer engaged in what we do at parties: casual conversations, and not a few of them invoked books and authors. At one moment [Read More…]

An Open Letter

There is far more here – in this letter from a missionary kid to parents of missionary kids – than just what happens for missionary kids.  Go to the link to read the whole letter. Danica is an MK from the Solomon Islands, who now has found her own little village in the mountains of [Read More…]

You are what you love: Nagging Questions for JKA Smith

You are What You Love: Nagging Questions By David George Moore. Dave’s interview show and other media can be found at James K.A. Smith (aka Jamie) writes with insight and verve. He is a deep thinker who wants us to know that there is more to life than thinking. More on that in a [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 4 June 2016

The Top Ten Worst airports in the USA? [SMcK: I rank the worst to be LaGuardia and LAX second. Best airport experience for us? Savannah GA.] To hear frequent flyers wax poetic about Singapore’s Changi Airport, you would think that the airport itself was the destination. It has a rooftop pool, an orchid garden, a [Read More…]

Nicholas Kristof Keeps Saying It

Nicholas Kristof: As I see it, there are three good reasons for universities to be more welcoming not just to women or blacks, but also to conservatives. First, stereotyping and discrimination are wrong, whether against gays or Muslims, or against conservatives or evangelicals. We shouldn’t define one as bigotry and the other as enlightenment. When [Read More…]

The Ultimate Form of Cheating/Plagiarism

Sam Dean: For most people, essay writing becomes a thing of the past as soon as they step out of university and prepare themselves for the world of work. But for others, the dissertation is just the beginning. That is because it has become increasingly easy to make money out of the very thing students [Read More…]

Passion Needs a Focal Point: Top Ten Books #3

By John Frye I unearthed a surprising feature about my spiritual journey as I sought to select two books that shaped my spiritual journey in the 1970s. In my early years as a Christian, I was vulnerable to God leading me through books about missionary martyrs. 1970s Book 1. Having graduated from Moody Bible Institute, [Read More…]