Weekly Meanderings, 4 April 2015

The Arab Spring — not what we hoped, by Greg Bothelo: (CNN)It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this. The Arab Spring was supposed to bring peace, democracy and stability to not only the nations where it took root, but also others around it in the Middle East and North Africa. It was supposed to [Read More...]

Good Friday Reflection

On Good Friday we remember the story of Jesus’ death. We participate in that death through eucharist in faith. And we celebrate the good news of that death in thinking and pondering the immense love of God for us — to clear our debt, to shoulder our load, and to remove our sins. Perhaps three [Read More...]

Good Friday

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Jesus [Read More...]

The.Best.Coach? Who’s your choice?

John Wooden, Pat Summit, Geno Auriema, or Tom Izzo? A No. 7 seed unseats a No. 2 in the NCAA tournament’s second round about twice every three years, but there was something aboutMichigan State’s upset of Virginia on Sunday that felt more routine than that. Perhaps it was the fact that the Spartans had toppled the Cavaliers just last [Read More...]

The Word and Prayer (John Frye)

Andrè Louf is a Trappist monk and a master of prayer. His little book is titled Teach Us to Pray. Louf makes a provocative observation about the Word of God and prayer, particularly, about the Psalms. (Please overlook the gender choices.) In their naked and literal human aspect the psalms are at once poetry and [Read More...]

A Gospel that Sets Us Free! The Apocalyptic Gospel

In a previous post I grabbed Douglas Campbell’s detailed, analytical outline of what he calls “Justification Theory,” a view of the gospel that is shaped by a kind of merits and credits (though in divine reckoning), and today I want to grab the theory he thinks Paul adhered to, a more liberation gospel, one that [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and [Read More...]

Our Prayers for Kenya

From CNN: Gunmen burst into early-morning Christian prayers, said Joel Ayora, who was on the campus and witnessed the attack. Taking hostages from the service, the gunmen then “proceeded to the hostels, shooting anybody they came across except their fellows, the Muslims.” The attackers separated students by religion, allowing Muslims to leave and keeping an [Read More...]

How about you?

Source: Given that you’re reading a post about bookstores written by a word nerd fromGrammarly for HuffPost Books, we can safely assume that you’re a reader. So where do you buy books? A few years ago, your answer was probably a big box chain like Borders, Barnes and Noble, or online superstore, Amazon. Local independent bookstores [Read More...]

Is the Story Dangerous? (RJS)

The final chapter of Iain Provan’s book Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters gives an answer to the question suggested by the title. Is Christianity, grounded as it is in the Old Testament Story with new dimensions from the New Testament, actually dangerous? Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) [Read More...]

A Dancing God?

That fussy but relentless atheist philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, as he always does, lays it on the line when it comes to the Christian belief in an eternal heaven of goodness, saying, The “most contemptible of all unrealisable promises” generated by the Christian gospel is the impudent doctrine of personal immortality.” So where did that conviction [Read More...]


Flannery O’Connor, in a letter to Cecil Dawkins in 1957: I’m a full-time believer in writing habits, pedestrian as it all may sound. You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time [Read More...]

The “Science” for God

Brian Bethue, Genna Buck: The child’s evident character traits—compassion, acceptance, fearlessness—at so young an age prompted Miller’s eureka moment. What struck her was the nod and all it implied: “It was clear as day that the grandchild fully understood how one lives out spiritual values in her family.” Twenty minutes later, Miller was in her [Read More...]

Awkward Holy Saturday (Jonathan Storment)

Christians defend certain days of the Holy Weekend.  For instance, we’ll defend the idea that on Friday Jesus actually dies on a cross to save the world from its sin.  Then we’ll turn around and defend Easter Sunday as the day that Jesus actually rose from the grave… But nobody defends Saturday.  Nobody writes apologetics [Read More...]

A New Perspective Anglican Ponders a Presbyterian’s Luther

This is not an April Fools day post. It’s a post appreciating the greatness of Martin Luther, with whom I’ve had my own struggles. I, of course, love his accomplishment in the Protestant Reformation, wish more would be made on the part of many in seeing how political that movement actually was, think his posing [Read More...]

Bono on Jesus

Source: It’s a defining question for Christian. Who was Christ? I don’t think you’re let off easily by saying he was a great thinker or great philosopher. Because, actually, he went around saying he was the Messiah. That’s why he was crucified. He was crucified because he said he was the Son of God. So, [Read More...]

A Tossed Salad (RJS)

When I was growing up we had tossed salad with dinner quite often, especially during the summer. My dad would make the salad, with tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, and such, cut up small and tossed together, well mixed. When we had company he would also make the salad and the mixed up tossed together nature [Read More...]