TV or Streaming?

How about you? Cecilia Kang: Traditional television watching is declining faster than ever as streaming services become a mainstream feature in American homes, according to new research by Nielsen. Adults watched an average of four hours and 51 minutes of live TV each week in the fourth quarter of 2014, down 13 minutes from the same [Read More...]

Tim Suttle: Can a Christian Not be a Part of the Church?

This post is by Tim Suttle, author of the excellent new book called Shrink. We are co-posting with one another today, he on my book and I on his book. Can a person be a Christian and not be part of the church? Or, is involvement in the church an essential, even constitutive part of what it means to [Read More...]

Great is the Enemy of …

Good. Yes, that’s right. Before I explain that, an anecdote. In an interview I was asked what was the the most encouraging sign in the church today, and what I told the one who asked surprised him. There are many encouraging signs, not least the zeal and passion of young Christians, the surging presence of women [Read More...]

The Lost World of Adam and Eve

John Walton’s on a roll — another in the Lost series, this one called The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2–3 and the Human Origins Debate. I will do just a brief sketch-kind of post on the book and RJS will do a more in-depth series. Walton, professor at Wheaton College, wrote a book [Read More...]

Old Ideas to the Rescue: Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat: HT: KM But the assumption, deeply ingrained in our intelligentsia, that everything depends on finding the most modern and “scientific” alternative to older verities has been tested repeatedly — with mostly dire results. The 19th-century theories that cast themselves as entirely new and modern were the ones that devastated the 20th century, loosing [Read More...]

Craddock the Giant

By Stephen Cuss Fred Craddock died over the weekend.  He was 86 years old. His influence belied his small stature, extending to tens of thousands of pulpits around the world.  I cannot overstate how much he influenced my approach to scripture, story telling and preaching. I first encountered Dr Craddock when I was a teenager [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

Gracious Father, Whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP [Read more...]

Fred Craddock — by Allan Bevere

Preaching and the Life of Study: Some Gleanings from the Late Fred Craddock, by Allan Bevere Fred Craddock, who taught preaching and New Testament at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, died last Friday at the age of 86. Those of us who preach know his name well. It was simply not possible [Read More...]

Thiselton’s Companion to Christian Theology

Any biblical scholar who wants to enter into the theological or hermeneutical discussion takes on a colossal challenge if he or she wants to comprehend and map the field. Very few biblical scholars even try and most stay closeted within a discipline; some have ventured into the wider fields by seeking either to contribute to [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 14 March 2015

The most beautiful libraries in the world: Libraries are generally underrated as places to take some rare time out, sit for a while, read a book and admire the often stunning architecture. But French photographer Franck Bohbot has taken it upon himself to travel the world in search of some of the most beautiful book havens out [Read More...]

Golfers, Why?

By Drew Harwell: Why the decline in golf? A decade ago, when the golf course was a de facto playground for the professional set and a young Californian named Tiger Woods was the world’s best player, golf looked like an unassailable national undertaking, and corporate players were champing at the bit to get in. But the business behind one of America’s most slow-going, [Read More...]

Smell Like the Sheep, so says Pope Francis (to profs and pastors)

Source: Pope Francis has called on Catholic theologians not to simply practice an academic exercise of studying at their desks, but to take their work to the frontiers to “pour oil and wine over the wounds of humankind.” Writing in a letter last week to the theological faculty of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, [Read More...]

Starting with Jesus 1

Starting with Jesus: Part 1 All human beings except Jesus the Messiah can only know God ab extra (“from the outside”). Jesus knows God ab intra (“from the inside”). All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom [Read More...]

Bullying: Contributing Factors

From WaPo, by Ashley Trexler: Bullying starts and ends with an imbalance of power. Too much or too little, the results are often the same: bullying behavior is simply a means to gain more power. Here are eight ways you may be unknowingly encouraging bullying. 1. Gossiping Want to raise a mean girl? Act like [Read More...]

Exploring Tour

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Why is Preaching a Solo Sport? (Peter Mead)

From Peter Mead, where you can read his fuller post: The vast majority of churches rely almost exclusively on a solo preacher.  The vast majority of preachers prepare in isolation.  Who turned preaching into a solo sport? Here are six factors that have influenced this situation.  None of them make a good case for going solo! [Read More...]

The Riddle of Jesus (RJS)

I’ve been slowly working through The God of Hope and the End of the World by John Polkinghorne and Surprised by Scripture by N. T. Wright.  The books converged this week as I read Polkinghorne’s chapter on The Resurrection of Jesus and Wright’s chapter Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection?.  It is a little [Read More...]