Should Naturalism Define Science? (RJS)

Methodological naturalism. For most scientists this is a foregone conclusion; a scientist studies nature and looks for natural cause and effect. Among Christians the term is often viewed as a cop-out,  giving away the farm by ruling divine action out of bounds. Many atheists view the term as indicative of a failure to face facts [Read More…]

Help for Walking through the Pain of People Leaving Your Church

Pastors often suffer when folks leave their church. Departures sometimes fracture friendships and the churches. This pastor reflects on church departures. [Read more…]

Dangerous Gospel: “Hating” Your Family (Jonathan Storment)

Dangerous Gospel: Hating Your Family, by Jonathan Storment Of all the disturbing things that Jesus says, the top of the list for most Western people has got to be, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be [Read More…]

How Patriarchy Silences Women (Rachel Elizabeth Asproth)

From Arise, by Rachel Elizabeth Asproth: Rachel Elizabeth Asproth graduated from Bethel University with a BA in English literature and reconciliation studies in 2015. She is currently the editor of the CBE Scroll and Arise. Her chief passions are reading, writing, social justice, theatre, and travel. She spends most of her time scouring thrift stores for new books [Read More…]

Russell Moore and Southern Baptist Convention Discontent

This proves too many in the SBC are too aligned with President Trump and the Republicans. Russell Moore is hardly a firebrand for progressive stances. The man is at best a moderate and far more conservative than anything else. Dwight McKissic: The Prestonwood Baptist Church of Plano, TX, (a Dallas suburb) led by Dr. Jack [Read More…]

What is Concordism in Bible-Science Discussion?

From the forthcoming Dictionary of Christianity and Science, edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss. CONCORDISM. Concordism refers to the position that the teaching of the Bible on the natural world, properly interpreted, will agree with the teaching of science (when it properly understands the data), and may in [Read More…]

What’s in a Name? (RJS)

There are many important themes running through the Gospel of Matthew. One of the most significant highlighted by Richard Hays in Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness and the larger book Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels is the “inclusio” (a literary device which consists of creating a frame by placing similar [Read More…]

Touch Not the Lord’s Anointed (Michelle Van Loon)

Touch Not God’s Anointed? By Michelle Van Loon Those who’ve attended a spiritually-abusive church have more than likely heard some version of a warning drawn from the pages of Scripture about not challenging a leader’s authority: “Touch not God’s anointed.” There are a couple of big problems with this kind of talk. First, [Read More…]

Women Pastors on the Rise? Yes, but…

Halee Gray Scott: One trend the Barna Group noted is the slow and steady rise of female pastors. One of every 11 Protestant pastors is a woman—triple as many as 25 years ago—yet women often lead smaller congregations than men. Though most pastors, regardless of gender, are satisfied with their role, female pastors are more [Read More…]

Faith as Allegiance

We believe in salvation by faith alone. But what does “faith” mean? Matthew Bates throws down the gauntlet and says the term, bibilcally defined, means “allegiance.” [Read more…]

The Ethics of Jesus are Anti-Abuse (Becky Castle Miller)

Jesus never says a direct word about what we call sexual abuse but his teachings speak volumes. Becky points us to the big themes. [Read more…]

A Prayer for Your Week

We learn to pray by praying, by reading the prayers in the Bible, and by praying the collects. [Read more…]

Prayer “Works” (But not in the way so many suppose)

Jason Micheli is the author of Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage Serious Chemo. He’s a United Methodist in Alexandria, Va and blogs at       A reply to Jeffrey Weiss’ editorial in USA Today about planning his ‘no thanks’ to cancer treatment. You can find his article here. Prayer “Works” (But Not in [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 4 March 2017

Good read of the week, by Tim Carman, with HT: LNMM: In the military-style hierarchy of U.S. restaurant kitchens, a dishwasher ranks near the bottom, even if chefs, given half a chance, will loudly sing a good pot-scrubber’s praises. (These hard-working men and women, often immigrants, would probably prefer a living wage over songs of [Read More…]

Khirbet Qumran (Cave 4)

The ruins of Qumran’s famous cave 4. Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Read more…]

Krish Kandiah on Tim Keller’s Transition

Very well done by Krish Kandiah, who reflects on five lessons from Keller’s ministry: 1. Transition is difficult so plan for it This deliberate transition is a bold move. Keller is still one of the most well known and well loved preachers in the world. He is at the top of his game and is [Read More…]

Head and Heart

By John Frye In this corner: hermeneutics, and in this corner: lectio divina. A recent discussion with colleagues about dialoguing with seminarians regarding the personal disciplines of Christian formation prompted this comment, “Some of the students are too much in their heads and not their hearts.” I knew what was meant by the comment about [Read More…]