A Beautiful Crazy Mess

By Danielle Lair, Associate Director of Children’s Ministries at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. You can check out her blog at: https://childspraise.com. “We journey as co-pilgrims with children, side-by-side teaching, enriching, inviting, and inspiring all who have been called to participate. The kingdom pilgrimage is an amazing journey that is simply incomplete without the beauty and wonder of [Read More…]

Six (or Seven) Models of God’s Providence

There are a number of realities that bump into God’s providence, or God’s superintending guidance of the world. What does it mean for God to love us? Is this a one-way gushing flow of God’s love to us without impact on God? Is one-way love genuine love (as we know it)? Or does love — [Read More…]

Kirsten Powers, Donald Trump, and Political Correctness

Kirsten Powers: Political correctness is generally understood to be, as the Oxford Dictionary defines it, “the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.” Examples of the phenomenon are endless. Opposing anti-Semitism is [Read More…]

Suffering and the Plan of God (RJS)

Suffering is an undeniable part of life on this planet. Accident, natural disaster, predators, and old age. If the earth is 4.5 billion years old all of these are part of God’s creation independent of any sin of Adam and Eve. If evolution is responsible for the diversity of life we see around us disease, [Read More…]

A Nicene Life

What does it mean to be “Nicene”? I am not a patristic scholar and I make no suggestion of it in what follows but, rather, I want to sketch the conclusions of one who is: Lewis Ayres, in his exceptional study Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology. Ayres’ work is intense, specialized, [Read More…]

July 4 Heart-warmer

By Marilyn Price-Mitchell: The 4th of July rarely passes without my remembering one of the most moving renditions of the Star Spangled Banner I’ve ever witnessed. It made me proud to live in small-town America and to be connected to something greater than myself. It also made me aware of how our coming together in community [Read More…]

July 4 and the Church

Many pastors today are struggling with a topic and it’s a tough one to bring up in the church. Many don’t know where to go or what to do, but it’s basically this: Many today are uncomfortable, in fact downright wondering if it is idolatrous, with the presence of American patriotism and nationalism in churches [Read More…]

Independence Day

Today is July 4th, the day the USA celebrates Independence Day and the concept of socio-political freedom. Today’s post contains a prayer and the Declaration of Independence. My own political views about justice and freedom have appeared here and there on this blog, and your own views may differ from mine, but on this day [Read More…]

Elie Wiesel: Some Favorite Quotations

I had never heard of Elie Wiesel until I read Night, and I have never forgot him. Night takes the listening reader to the depths of despair — to the place where no words dare enter — but goes beyond that place, deeply wounded and ripped apart but trudging onwards so that place will never again become [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you [Read More…]

The Poor and Brexit

One reads a piece like this from The Spectator and, assuming some general accuracy, one wonders if the liberal machine is listening to the poor: The most striking thing about Britain’s break with the EU is this: it’s the poor wot done it. Council-estate dwellers, Sun readers, people who didn’t get good GCSE results (which is primarily [Read More…]

Istanbul (Constantinople)

Here are some pictures from our brief stay in Istanbul, which at the time that concerns me most was called Constantinople. I begin with three pictures of Hagia Sophia. Now from the Museum in Istanbul. All leading to the opportunity to speak briefly in front of Saint Eirene, where the great council of Constantinople 381 [Read More…]

You Connect the Dots

This is what Albert Mohler says: Clearly, there can be no eternal subordination in terms of being. That would deny what the Nicene Creed affirms and affirm what it denies. But describing the social dimensions of the Trinity is far more difficult. I decline to speculate where I am not authorized by Scripture to go, [Read More…]

A Man Named Dallas: Top Ten Books #7

By John Frye In the late 1980s and early 1990s an intriguing question burst into the evangelical conversation: what is the gospel? Many evangelism ministries were taken back as if saying, “Are you kidding us? We all know what the gospel is. It can be packaged in four steps to God, four laws for salvation, [Read More…]

Mary AND Martha, by Mary Stromer Hanson

Mary Stromer Hanson is a recent graduate of Denver Seminary with an MA in NT biblical studies. She is a longtime member of CBE and active in the Denver chapter. She is the author of The New Perspective on Mary and Martha: Do Not Preach Mary and Martha Again Until You Read This! and Bold [Read More…]

Creation as a Worldview Statement (RJS)

Several years ago Richard F. Carlson and Tremper Longman III published a short book Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins. Longman refers to this book in his essay How I changed My Mind About Evolution. A combination of factors led him to think more deeply about the biblical story of creation [Read More…]

Making Peace with Doubt and Change: a Response to Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

Lauren Ward-Reed holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Text from Abilene Christian University. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s of Divinity at Brite Divinity School. She loves reading, hiking, coffee, and traveling. You can follow her blog at www.feministfaith.com Have you ever felt uncertain? Of course you have, for we all have at one time or [Read More…]