First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 29 November 2014

On Ferguson there are so many things to say about racism and injustices — and have been said by many and said well and I will be posting my own thoughts next week — but two clips about media accountability — constant coverage, repeating rumors and not facts, drawing conclusions too early, keeping the process [Read More...]


Source: “Christianity is unable to capture modern audiences,” Di Lucca told NBC News.  “There’s a lack of innovation and lack of design thinking in Church communities.” The multi-denominational group has launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo and hopes to raise $1 million to build the first McDonald’s church.  As of Friday, only $104 has been raised…. [Read More...]

Exploring the World of the Apostles

Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I will be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites. The tour also will include a marvelous stop at none other than [Read More...]

The House of Prayer

Psalms: The House of Prayer- Part 1 (by John Frye) I have been pondering Eugene H. Peterson’s comment that his “primary educational task as pastor was to teach people to pray” (The Contemplative Pastor, 96). Peterson, like many other wise spiritual directors, points us to the Psalms. “The Psalms make it possible to say things [Read More...]

Thanksgiving and Afternoon Snoozing

Rachel Feltman: Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and Americans are preparing to knuckle down and stuff their faces, come what may. While the “average” calorie counts of Thanksgiving diners are often overblown, it’s safe to say that most people eat richer food — and more of it — than they would during a typical meal. Bonnie Berkowitz and [Read More...]

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Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Kris and I say to one and all, Happy Thanksgiving! Almighty and gracious Father, We give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief [Read More...]

Come Study New Testament at Northern

Ministry in North America requires both preparation and experience and increasing number of ministers are deeply involved in experience and finding it nearly impossible to attend seminary full-time. A seminary curriculum focuses on the scope of the minister’s calling, from biblical and theological to practical and homiletical studies, but not all ministers need as intense [Read More...]

“Send them away” or… (Mark Moore)

Mark Moore is the CEO and Founder of MANA Nutrition.  MANA makes Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for UNICEF and USAID.  RUTF is a vitamin enriched peanut butter product that is the frontline defense in treating severe acute malnutrition Though it may test our American sensibilities to admit it, the truth is the group of [Read More...]

Michael Lindsay, “View from the Top”

D. Michael Lindsay is the president of Gordon College.  A well-respected sociologist, Lindsay is the author of the Pulitzer-nominated Faith in the Halls of Power (Oxford University Press).  His recent book, View from the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World framed the following conversation. David George Moore [Read More...]

Prayer for our Nation

O Father, We pray that You will grant to the people of this nation the will to do good, To flee from evil, and To practice all righteousness, asking us to be respectful of life and sharers of Your blessings, Caring for one another in mercy and truth. And we pray that You will banish [Read More...]

Fellow Pilgrims (RJS)

 The next section of Philip Yancey’s new book Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? looks at three kinds of Christians having an impact in our world: pilgrims, activists, and artists. Yancey devotes a chapter to each, and each deserves some consideration here over the next several posts. Pilgrims. This is a particularly [Read More...]

How to Listen to a Sermon

In a class this semester, after seeking to explain what James meant in his context — and that means learning to read James in light of themes in James, a student was both in agreement (so it seemed to me) and frustrated, and said, “How in the world can you listen to sermons?” Careful study [Read More...]

The Grinch @nseminary

Michelle Van Loon’s charming post about being caught by surprise in Cherith Fee Nordling’s class: This quarter at Northern Seminary, I took a class for which I had low enthusiasm before I walked in the door back in September. In fact, the words “low enthusiasm” might be overstating it a bit. If it hadn’t been required to [Read More...]

Jesus and Niceness (by Allan Bevere)

By Allan Bevere. I like nice… nice is…well… nice. To Quote Major Frank Burns inM*A*S*H, “It’s nice to be nice to the nice.”But nice is really boring.Jesus wasn’t boring. The crowds didn’t follow him all over Judea and Galilee hanging on every word he spoke because we was just nice. Nice hardly attracts crowds. Nice doesn’t [Read More...]

The Parable of Bette Midler (by Jason Micheli)

The Parable of Bette Midler and the SI Swimsuit Edition I didn’t always know Him. Thought I did. And before that, for a long time, I didn’t know him at all. God, that is. I mean, I wasn’t always a disciple, a ‘servant of the Lord.’I didn’t even attend a regular worship service- ever- until [Read More...]