East of Eden (RJS)

Chapter 4 of Genesis begins on what should be a happy note, the birth of two sons, but things quickly go south. Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.” Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel [Read More…]

The Hermeneutics Quiz: What’s Your Score?

A quiz I developed (in discussion with others): For some reason of late, I have become fascinated with the portions of the Bible wedon’t tend to read, passages like the story of Jephthah. Or how God was on the verge of killing Moses for not circumcising his son, and his wife stepped in, did what [Read More…]

Hummingbirds Moving North

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Liberation Theology for Singles

Christena Cleveland: Now that I’m “35 and alone,” I’m beginning to formally construct a liberation theology of singleness. This article is just a beginning — and I’m hoping for feedback from single people. Even though the term “liberation theology” makes some people (especially conservative Christians) uncomfortable, I’ve chosen to use it because liberation theologies seek [Read More…]

Imagine Dragons

By Jonathan Storment: I have been blogging for the past few weeks through James K.A. Smith’s great book “You Are What You Love.” Last week, I talked about Smith’s point that most of us probably aren’t aware of what we really love. This sounds like a strong claim. Of course, I know what I love, [Read More…]

Will Willimon and Fear

By Jason Micheli: Several years ago the church I serve opened the doors of its youth wing to welcome the members of a local mosque. Their own facility was undergoing construction and they needed a place to offer their Friday Jummah prayers. Even though many of the Muslims who came to pray in our building [Read More…]

Collaborative Education

Sarah Grossman: At a time when many U.S. schools are failing students of color, one school stands out as an unusual success. St. Benedict’s Prep, an all-boys preparatory school in Newark, has a graduation rate of 98 percent, compared to a national rate of 82 percent. But when you realize that the majority of St. Benedict’s [Read More…]

The Gospel and Complementarianism?

Owen Strachan, from Twitter 4.11.2016. Shall we discuss this understanding of the gospel? [Read more…]

The Serpent in the Garden (RJS)

All was going along great. Adam, Eve, Garden, God. And then, appearing from nowhere, the serpent was in the garden. The first verse of Genesis 3 introduces the character. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, [Read More…]

The Messianic Divine Secret of Jesus

Even a quick reading of the Gospel of Mark leads one to what scholars have called the “Messianic” Secret, those passages when Jesus tells others not to tell anyone about him or what they have seen Jesus do.  Standard explanation: for strategical reasons, namely to avoid a premature crucifixion or to precipitate the movement before its [Read More…]

Kingdom Challenges to Leadership

I once heard of a well known Christian leader/theologian who claimed this: “leadership is the imposition of the leader’s will on others.” Michelle Lee-Barnewall would disagree, and do so quite firmly. Imposing one’s will on others flatly contradicts cruciform existence. In our previous post on Lee-Barnewall’s book Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian we examined her sketch [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Cal Newport: Focused Success in a Distracted World

DEEP WORK: RULES FOR FOCUSED SUCCESS IN A DISTRACTED WORLD Cal Newport is the best-selling author of such books as So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for the Work you Love and How to Become a Straight-A Student: the Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 9 April 2016

Not totally new, but worth new considerations: Dominican baseball and education: Baseball in the U.S. has become an international sport. This season about a quarter of the 800-plus players on Major League Baseball teams were born outside the United States. The country with the biggest number is the Dominican Republic, which had 83 players on [Read More…]

A Protestant Purgatory?

Protestant Purgatory, by John Frye My best theological assessment for the purgatory view is, “Let’s not pussyfoot around about it.” Why? Let’s read what Jerry L. Walls, the author of the view in Four Views on Hell wrote. “…[W]here is the biblical support for this doctrine? The forthright answer to this question, one that is [Read More…]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Women 1

For a limited time (April 8-30, 2016) Wipf and Stock Publishers is offering 40%-off retail from their website. Just use discount code DOUBLEB at www.wipfandstock.com.  To enter a drawing for a free copy of The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, please email Chris Graham at cgraham@wipfandstock.com and include Jesus Creed book giveaway in the subject line. Three winners will be [Read More…]

Northern Seminary and Northern Live!

Northern Seminary Launches Northern Live: Streaming Seminary to You Lombard, IL – Northern Seminary introduces Northern Live, a new way to receive seminary education via interactive Live Streaming. Northern Live utilizes the latest in audio-visual technology to create a real-time learning environment accessible from anywhere in the world. This innovative equipment will enable students to [Read More…]