The Bible: Uncut (by Collin Packer)

“The Bible: Uncut” (by Collin Packer) My childhood heroes weren’t Superman, Spiderman, or The Hulk. My superheroes were named Daniel, David, and Moses. That opener sounds like a sad tale from a child who grew up in a home with parents who denied me the pleasure of cable television in an effort to keep me [Read More...]

On Taming Jesus

When do we tame Jesus? when is the Jesus of the Gospels and the Jesus of our faith tamed? If spirituality is formation into Christlikeness then taming Jesus diminishes spiritual formation. Where has our formation been shortened by taming the Jesus toward whom we are to grow? Most of our taming of Jesus is invisible to [Read More...]

Interview with Brad Strait: Finding a New Start

Finding a New Start A Discussion with Scot McKnight    Below is an online interview/dialogue on spiritual growth I had with Dr. Scot McKnight, a New Testament Professor at Northern Seminary and the  author of Christianity Today’s Book of the Year, The Jesus Creed. This dialectic is offered both here and on Scot’s blog on Brad: Honestly, I think many [Read More...]

Reclaiming the Good News (RJS)

Our world is athirst for the good news of the gospel, often without knowing it. But what is this good news and how do we pass it along? In chapter 4 of Vanishing Grace Philip Yancey looks at ways that we as God’s people can reclaim the good news and pass it on.  This chapter [Read More...]

Teaching Discipleship to Youth

In his suggestive probing of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer on a scent for the impact of DB’s own ministry to youth, Andrew Root discovers that DB’s theology was shaped by his ministry to youth. All found in Andrew Root, Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker. Which leads to a question many of us have perhaps asked: When [Read More...]

America’s Most Prestigious Jobs

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Asking the Bible to do More than it does

The issue can be settled into two terms: the Bible teaches truth but it does not teach the path. These two terms are Bonhoeffer’s and emerged from the intense discussions in the Confessing Church on whether their pastors should pursue legalization under Hitler or remain “illegal” and dependent on free will offerings by the parishes [Read More...]

WWJD? (Jeff Cook: Who would Jesus flog?)

As of this writing, the picture to the left has had 109,000 shares on Facebook. There’s a joke here and an underlying message. Occasionally you and I—when really pressed by foolish people—can justify throwing fits, losing our tempers and potentially thumping those in the wrong because Jesus was a fit-throwing, temper losing, whip wielding combatant [Read More...]

“Too Scandalous for Direct Speech”

If I could convince ordinary Bible readers of one thing it would be this: look up those Bible references in your Bible’s cross-referencing notes. They are not only a goldmine but the result of lots and lots of work, and they are designed to help Bible readers see that the NT authors knew they were taking [Read More...]

Reading the Bible vs. Being Read by the Bible

This set of images comes from a wonderful article by James Bryan Smith, at Friends University and with Apprentice Institute, and illustrates the differences of reading the Bible for information vs formation or reading the Bible vs being read by the Bible: [Read more...]

O God, whose blessed Son ….

O God, Whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be [Read More...]

North Korea Releases Two Held in Detention

From Chicago Tribune: U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller who were being held in detention by North Korea have been released and are on their way back to the United States, U.S. officials said Saturday morning.  [Read more...]

Interview with Michael Horton (by David Moore)

Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary (California).  His book, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World frames the following conversation. David George Moore conducted the interview.  Dave blogs at Moore: What made you pick up the pen and decide to tackle a book [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 8 November 2014

I’ve enjoyed five weeks in a row of teaching at Northern and also, in the middle of each week, on the road about Kingdom Conspiracy so I’m just plain grateful I, with Kris’ help of course, we got these meanderings up each week. So here goes… And, by the way, next Saturday we have a special Kingdom Conspiracy [Read More...]

Austin Channing Brown: Women with Moxy

From Arise, with Christians for Biblical Equality: A good example of what you can find in their resources and you can think about subscribing to Mutuality or the Priscilla Papers: I had such a hard time finding myself in Scripture. I attended Christian schools where the resources for learning about the Bible were numerous. We [Read More...]

No Magic Book (by John Frye)

No Magic Book, by John Frye Because the Bible is a supernatural book does not mean it is a magic book. The Bible is supernatural in that God the Creator chose to speak to the human race in its own language—human speech and writing, using as his agents the various authors of the Bible books [Read More...]

The Middle Ground in Prayer

The one and only prayer book of the Bible is the Book of Psalms but it does not begin with a prayer but with a meditation, what Tim Keller calls “a meditation on meditation” (Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, 146). That is, Psalm 1 is a “pre-prayer act” of recollection. We cannot jump [Read More...]