Under Locke and Key

Under Locke and Key Joseph Loconte is associate professor of history at The King’s College in New York City.  His latest book, God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West, framed this discussion.  David George Moore who blogs at www.twocities.org conducted the interview. Moore: Give us a quick overview of your [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 10 January 2015

Back to the land/farm movement: America’s heartland is graying. The average age of a farmer in the U.S. is 58.3 — and that number has been steadily ticking upward for more than 30 years. Image credit Overall, fewer young people are choosing a life on the land. But in some places around the country, like [Read More...]

Death Penalty for Tsarnaev?

Mel Robbins, and I agree with her: (CNN)Almost two years since the Tsarnaev brothers allegedly placed two bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line, turning the city’s beloved Patriot’s Day race into a war zone, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is finally going on trial. By the time the brothers were captured (one dead, one alive), they were [Read More...]

On God’s Guidance

“Shepherd, Lead Me” (by John Frye) How God guides us is a beautiful mystery. I grew up under the pressing fundamentalist question: “What is God’s will for your life?” In youth group and summer camp I was repeatedly taught and urged to follow clear steps and biblical guidelines so that I could know God’s will. [Read More...]

Preaching and Posture

A friend (Mark Stevens) writes me this note, and I use it with permission: Every year around this time I enter a kind of pastoral confusion on what to preach. I trust you as both a teacher and evangelical. Every year I am tempted by the lectionary and every year I have my reservations as [Read More...]

Women in Leadership

Source: We’ve all heard the claims, the theories, and the speculation about the ways leadership styles vary between women and men. Our latest survey data puts some hard numbers into the mix. Our data come from 360 evaluations, so what they are tracking is the judgment of a leader’s peers, bosses, and direct reports. We [Read More...]

The Old Testament Isn’t “Green” … or Is It? (RJS)

A longer title to this post could be “What the Old Testament really says about our relationship to the rest of creation … and why it matters.”  That is a bit of a mouthful though. The short title could be simply “Earth Keeping.” This isn’t some conservationist piece, trying to fit the Old Testament into [Read More...]

Revolution in Eschatology Today?

There is a widespread meme at work in how Christian theologians are now talking about the future — about heaven or the new heavens and the new earth or about the final state. It has three parts: Part A: Most Christians — seemingly all — think they go to heaven when they die and that [Read More...]

Greece, Grexit and the Eurozone

Tim Worstall: As part of the verbal and political sparring leading up to the coming Greek elections, we see that various Germans are now saying that the euro, the eurozone, could survive Greek exit from it just fine. My own opinion is that this is mistaken: but not for the reasons usually thought of. Sure, [Read More...]

Reverse Evangelism (by Jonathan Storment)

How arrogant is the white man?  We came to this country thinking we were going to India, and we called the Native Americans Indians.  We found out a few days later that we were wrong, they weren’t Indians …but we’re still calling them that.–Louis C.K. Image A few months ago, some preacher friends and I [Read More...]

Understanding Evolution: In 24 Hours!

What does the word “evolution” actually mean? Does it mean a godless philosophy (for some, yes) or progress socially in the world (for some, yes). What does it mean in the scientific community? Denis Alexander, in Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?, answers this question in a lengthy, informed (and challenging for me) chapter [Read More...]

Ban Laptops in Class?

This professor, Tal Gross, says Yes. Image. What say you? Granted, laptops have their advantages. A laptop can be securely backed up more easily than a notebook. A laptop allows students — especially those for whom English is a second language — to look up words and background on the fly. But such benefits are [Read More...]

Diversity Improvement in DC

Source: WASHINGTON (AP) –  The 114th Congress that convenes Tuesday will count more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate. A record 104 women will serve in Congress, and for the first time, African-American members of both genders and representing both parties will be [Read More...]

Gould, Bryan, and the Importance of NOMA (RJS)

Actually a better title for this post might be A Shocker! … Gould Defends Bryan. Today William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925, image source) is best known for his role in the (in)famous 1925 Scopes trial in Dayton TN. Stephen Jay Gould devotes much of a chapter in his book Rocks of Ages to Bryan. Gould does [Read More...]

Paul and the Economic Justice Vision of Jesus

It is not uncommon to wonder if the apostle Paul somehow dropped the concern of Jesus with economic justice. Let’s begin with the Magnificat of Mary in Luke 1:46-55, where we hear her concerns with justice for the poor: for he has been mindful of the humble [poor] state of his servant (48). He has [Read More...]

Good News about the Church: Integration

Yes, that’s right. Look at this clip from England –article by John Bingham: Maybe 11am Sunday morning is not the most segregated hour. Maybe it is one of the few places where steps of integration can occur! They teach that people should love their neighbour but a major new study shows that churches are one [Read More...]

Judgment Day: God’s Home Makeover

The very claim Christians have always made is that at some day God will judge us all. Every.last.one.of.us. The great, last judgment. The question many have against that claim is this: Is it all that simple, that God will save the Christians and all the non-Christians will be banned from God’s good, eternal blessedness? Yet, I think [Read More...]