Hoodwinked into a Culture of Fear

Gareth Higgins: Our culture has been hoodwinked by the idea that we’re living in the center of crisis, when actually we’re in the midst of the evolution of hope. It is true that each killing is a universe of loss to the victim’s loved ones, and solidarity with the suffering of others is not only [Read More...]

Mother’s Day: Sensitive Thoughts (Michelle Van Loon)

Michelle Van Loon: This is hell week for those who are grieving the loss of a mother or child. Greeting card companies, florists, jewelers and kitsch vendors urge us to celebrate the mothers in our lives. School children across America are making crayoned cards to gift to their mamas this Sunday. Churches have mothers stand for a round [Read More...]

Not a Scientific Hypothesis (RJS)

Chapter four of Mark Harris’s book The Nature of Creation looks at creation according to the bible outside of Genesis 1-3 (Genesis 1-3 was covered in the previous chapter and our previous post Theologies of Creation?).  The key point is that “God as Creator cannot straightforwardly be treated either as a scientific hypothesis to be [Read More...]

Moving Beyond the Problems

Kyle Roberts, a former professor at Bethel who has since left and is now teaching in other venues, has a post up on the Progressive Christians portal at Patheos about the problems with inerrancy. At one time this was called “deconstruction” though technically speaking this is not deconstruction. If you read the whole or Kyle’s [Read More...]

Seymour Hersh: Always Interesting, Never Totally Accurate

Seymour Hersh: It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American [Read More...]

Minimalist/Capsule Wardrobe

And this is news? Should have asked me years ago. Joshua Becker: The capsule wardrobe movement continues to gain momentum. Fast fashion deserves criticism. And our culture’s obsession with ever-changing fashion trends is an artificial pursuit manufactured by those who benefit from it. The capsule wardrobe movement is far from mainstream. But, elevated in the social consciousness by some high-profile [Read More...]

Repainting Hell 2 (Jeff Cook)

Repainting Hell: The End of Evil  (Jeff Cook) As Thomas Aquinas once offered five ways to know a God exists, so too I hope to offer five ways to know that hell is not “eternal conscious torment.” Like Aquinas, my arguments will be philosophical in nature. Though I think there are many solid biblical reasons [Read More...]

Willard’s Beautiful Apologetics

An argument can be made that the best apologists often don’t do apologetics. They live with commendable character, they teach and preach and write well, and they minister to others in such a way that their faith is compelling. Dallas Willard was that kind of apologist. In other words he did apologetics but not the [Read More...]

Happy Mother’s Day Mothers!

Kris and I want to wish all the mothers who read this blog a robust Happy Mother’s Day! Whatever you call your mom — and here’s a good listing — wish her a happy Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s day to my Mom. This is our third Mother’s Day without Kris’ mom, Betty, and we will [Read More...]

Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God, You have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, That we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, Which exceed all that we can desire; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and [Read More...]

Ex-Pats, Taxes and Surrendering Passports

Source: Another angle on our complicated, loophole-available tax system. Hasta la vista, Uncle Sam! A record 1,337 Americans gave up their passports in the first three months of the year, according to new data released by the U.S. government. That’s nearly 40% of the 3,415 Americans that renounced citizenship last year, suggesting that U.S. renunciations will [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 9 May 2015

One of my favorite places to get to teach: Pepperdine Bible lectures. Awesome location and even greater people. For all the bearded folks, a funny story about beard hygiene: (NEWSER) – Beard hygiene is important unless you want to have the equivalent of a dirty toilet seat growing out of your face, according to a [Read More...]

Baptism: Infant vs. Child Baptism among Baptists

Jason K. Allen: Associated Baptist Press recently reported that Rodney Kennedy, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, sprinkled an infant. The event was newsworthy because, by definition, a Baptist church does not baptize infants. To practice the latter is to forfeit being the former. Or at least it used to. The article read as a [Read More...]

Marilynne Robinson: Quotations

Some quotations from Marilynne Robinson: It has seemed to me sometimes as though the Lord breathes on this poor gray ember of Creation and it turns to radiance for a moment or a year or the span of a life. And then it sinks back into itself again, and to look at it no one [Read More...]

Leaky, but the Best Thing Afloat (Allan Bevere)

Yes, The Church Leaks a Whole Lot, But It’s Still the Best Thing Afloat, by Allan Bevere There’s an old story that I and more than a few preachers have used in a sermon at one time or another– that Noah’s Ark was not a very pleasant place to be during the flood with the [Read More...]

Genetics and Telomeres

Source: Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research. Harvard and Northwestern University discovered that tiny but significant changes are already happening in the body more than a decade before cancer is diagnosed. They found that the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, which prevent DNA [Read More...]

A Chosen People!? (RJS)

The second chapter of R. W. L. Moberly’s Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture turns to an issue that raises many questions about Judaism and Christianity – the status of Israel as a chosen people.  Two related, but distinct, questions are raised in this chapter – the first is the exclusive [Read More...]