Does the Universe Point to God? (RJS)

The second section of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology deals with fine-tuning and natural theology in the context of a number of scientific theories and observations. The first of these relate to cosmology and the fundamental constants of the universe. It has been noted by many [Read More…]

The Bible is Central 21

In the Shin/Sin section of Psalm 119, that is verses 161-168, we find a subtle shift of mood and tone. The psalmist is resolute and determined, but now a tranquility and peace hangs over the psalm. He’s peacefully resolve to … Tremble at the word. And what a contrast in the opening lines of this [Read More…]

Seminaries Aren’t Dojo’s

By Mitch East, currently the preaching intern at the North Atlanta Church of Christ Seminary doesn’t teach you everything you need to know about being a minister. For the past year, I worked as the youth minister for Freedom Fellowship, a church that reaches out to the homeless and poor in Abilene, Texas. At the [Read More…]

Greg Boyd: What does “Breathed” in “God-Breathed” Mean?

In his big book The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, Greg Boyd explores — finally, one might say — how he understands inspiration, or how he understands the “breathed” in “God-breathed.” He proposes three essential features in his theory of inspiration, and because Boyd is working his ideas out in detail I want to provide [Read More…]

The Bible is Central 20

Have you ever had your back to the wall? Ever wonder if you were going to make it? Ever wonder if the enemy would do you in? Ever wonder if you would live another day? The psalmist knows the experience, and the Resh section (119:153-160) reveals how the psalmist faced the future when his back [Read More…]

Seminary Education: Accessible, Affordable

A whole new perspective. One night a week. From anywhere in the world. Transform the way you do life and ministry with Northern Seminary’s Master of Arts New Testament degree in whatever format works best for your busy life. Classes are held just once a week so you can still work in the church, have a [Read More…]

“No Longer” or “Not Yet”? (RJS)

When ever we begin to think about God’s creation the question of evil rears its ugly head. If God is love and the all powerful creator, why is there evil in the world. Some pretend they’ve answered this question by reference back to the Fall: the blame lies with mankind. Just read Genesis 3. But [Read More…]

The Bible is Central 19

The qof section of Psalm 119, vv. 145-152, explores the psalmist’s call to God. The psalmist, once again in a condition of being hunted down like an animal (v. 150), cries out to God. And along with his cry is a corollary. The psalmist cries to God — and he asks God to answer him [Read More…]

Greg Boyd’s Predecessors

In his big book The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, Greg Boyd sketches his six predecessors. Which is a way of saying, “Hey guys, this is not brand new. Others have thought in similar ways.” It’s obvious that it’s not “in identical ways.” Who are they and how do they anticipate or set the agenda [Read More…]

5 Things Egalitarians Believe About Gender Differences

Sure, women are equal to men, but I still believe they’re different. [Read more…]

The Bible is Central 18

Psalm 119:137-144, each verse beginning with the Hebrew letter tsade, revolves around familiar themes for those who read Psalm 119: the Law of God is right, the psalmist is committed to observing the Law of God, his enemies are a nuisance, and he pleads with God to understand the Law. In part because the letter [Read More…]

O Lord, Make us Have Perpetual Love

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; 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…]

Downloads vs. The Duty to Worship God (Jason Micheli)

Downloads vs. The Duty to Worship God He pulled his earbuds out. He was working out on the crotch machine. You know the piece of equipment. The one where you exercise your thighs by pushing in and out like the levers of a pinball machine; the one that appears designed for no other purpose than [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 24 June 2017

Well done, Mike Bird. Now that Bernie Sanders has made socialism cool again, were the early church socialists? We have to ask because of those famous passages in Acts 2.44-45 and 4.32-35 about the believers selling their property and depositing the proceeds in a general fund, and quite understandably, people have touted the first Christians as [Read More…]

Commentary as Voice

By John Frye A year ago, within 74 seconds Philando Castile was dead from a rapid firing police officer who thought Philando was reaching for his lawfully right-to-carry gun. Philando shouted to the officer that he did legally have a gun. Philando’s girlfriend testified that Philando was complying with the officer to show his ID. [Read More…]

The Bible is Central 17

Psalm 119:129-136 (letter pe) expresses two things: various words of the Bible (seven different ones) and the wonderful delight the psalmist finds in them. The first word mentioned is “statutes” (‘edot). He finds the edot of God wonderful and therefore he delights to obey them. Statutes are extolled as wonderful — they generate wonder. Torah [Read More…]

St. Augustine and Natural Theology (RJS)

Chapter eight of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology deals with the views of Augustine of Hippo on creation. Augustine reflected at length on Genesis, creation, and time. These reflections fill the second half of Confessions (Penguin Classics) and crop up in other works. Augustine also wrote [Read More…]