15 Women Leading the Way

It is International Women’s Day, and we saw this set of images of what women are doing in the world and then saw this story: Source: In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re honoring 15 women who are using their voices, leadership and influence to make progress for girls’ education globally. March 08, 2015 by GPE Secretariat [Read More...]

Third Sunday of Lent

Almighty God, You know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ [Read More...]

Dominican Republic: Baseball Capital

Jared Hopkins: “I want to play in the major leagues, of course,” he said, his face curving into a smile to show braces. “I am passionate about the game. I am focused.” Can Paulino reach his goal? He’s certainly in the right country to get there. The Dominican Republic delivers more talent to the major [Read More...]

J. Todd Billings — An Interview (by David Moore)

J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.  He is an award-winning author of various books including Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church. Todd’s latest book, Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ  framed this [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 7 March 2015

Nice place for a sabbatical morning walk. Let’s kick it off with this: Should NCAA basketball be reduced to a one-semester sport? So says Jamie Zaninovich: We’re at a point in college basketball where the trend lines aren’t positive. Attendance is down. So is scoring. The regular season is facing a relevancy issue. The quality [Read More...]

Closing a Church (John Frye)

The Closing of a Church, by John Frye Last Sunday the local church where I have served as pastor for nine years closed. Thankfully, it closed well, but not without tears. The church had a faithful, yet roller-coaster history and for reasons too cumbersome and complex for this post, the decision to close was a [Read More...]

The Church and/in America

Brian Zahnd, that prophet-like pastor and author on the edge of Missouri, is no stranger to calling American Christians to distinguish between America and the Christian church. It’s not that he wants Americans to abandon the country and head north to Canada or south to Mexico. No, he wants us to grasp that what we [Read More...]

Craigslist Transactions in Safety

Peter Holley: When Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife, June, organized a meeting with a seller they’d found on Craigslist, the Atlanta couple thought they were one step closer to purchasing the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible that Bud so desperately wanted to drive. Authorities believe the Runions actually arranged for their own ambush, providing Ronnie [Read More...]

New Dimensions in the Old Story (RJS)

Chapter 12 of Iain Provan’s new book  Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters finally turns to the New Testament, and the story many of us have wanted to dig into from the beginning. He has laid the foundation with a careful look at the Old Testament answer to [Read More...]

A Few Thoughts for My Friends in the Gospel Coalition (by David Moore)

By David George Moore.  Dave blogs at Two Cities. Bear with me a bit, but some personal background is needed.  Theologically, I have sympathies with a “Calvinistic” understanding of salvation, but a deeper commitment to the “consensual Christianity” that theologians like Wesleyan Tom Oden have written about.  This is the Christianity which finds its anchor [Read More...]

Sharing God’s Love: The Leach Family

By Tara Beth Leach. Before Jeff and I had children, we knew (we thought we knew) exactly how we should raise our children.  We were that young couple in the store that would observe other children and whisper to one another, “when we have kids we will never allow them to do that!”  We had [Read More...]

Help with Some Resources

What book or material do you recommend for children grieving when someone ministering to children in your church (or school) dies? A pastor wrote to me recently with this question, I’ve asked around and am not finding much in this area — Any recommendations? [Read more...]

James and the Death of God (by Jonathan Storment)

The past few weeks I have been preaching through the book of James at the church where I serve, and a couple of weeks ago while I was studying, the most bizarre thought popped in my head.  “Friedrich Nietzsche and James actually have a lot in common.”  And their greatest similarities revolve around the fact [Read More...]

Christianity in the Public Square

From Samuel Smith: Questions for Peter Lillback: What’s your aim? What’s the best strategy to make it happen?  Speaking at Westminster Theological Seminary’s second-ever “Real State of the Union” conference last Saturday, three Christian scholars stressed to attendees that it is time for Christians to faithfully stand up in the public square and reclaim America’s [Read More...]

When Does it Matter? (RJS)

The first two chapters in N. T. Wright’s book Surprised by Scripture address questions concerning science and Christian faith.  The primary focus in the second was on Adam (It’s About God and God’s Kingdom), but the essay started with a discussion of the authority of scripture and the importance of being immersed in the story [Read More...]

Cable News, Heretics, Shootings (by Jeff Cook)

Cable News, Heretics, and Shooting at Family Members (by Jeff Cook) I know about theological disagreements. My 4-year-old son thinks heaven is in the clouds. I can’t convince him otherwise. He’s pretty set on this view, and he’s spreading his fabrications at preschool. Since he won’t listen to me, I have decided to call him [Read More...]

Sharing God’s Love: A Mom’s Story (Leslie)

I am a mom to four boys ranging in age from three years to eight years.  A normal day with them can include wrestling matches over who owns the Legos and sweet moments where they actually put someone else’s needs first.  Sometimes I feel like I am a referee, but instead of getting caught up [Read More...]