Laidlaw College (NZ) Loves the Cubs!

Laidlaw College student leaders, Jeremy Kendall and Fiona Sherwin, love the Cubs. Aotearoa (New Zealand) loves the Cubs! Jeremy has also now officially replaced his Yankees hat. We had to do a Haka for awhile before he became comfortable, but peace came and he has now found the faith of the good guys. The kingdom [Read More...]

Boomerang Kids: But What Counts as “Living at Home”?

By Derek Thompson. Wow, I had not heard this: More than ever, young people are living in their parents’ basements. You’ve surely heard that one before. The Washington Post, the New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, and others have repeated it over and over in the last few years. More than 15.3 million twentysomethings—and half of young people under 25—live [Read More...]

Responses to Adam and Eve as Special Creation (RJS)

In the last post on Four Views on the Historical Adam we looked at the view of Adam put forth by C. John Collins. He takes an old earth special creation view, but is willing to consider a wide range of scenarios that fit within certain limits. For example, an old earth and an evolutionary [Read More...]

Failing as a Pastor

Some of you may remember when J.R. Briggs decided, a bit on a lark, to host a conference called “Epic Fail.” Well, it spun out of control quite successfully.  J.R. Briggs has a new book called Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. It’s a good book, and I know of no [Read More...]

Mainline Decline? Yes, Really!

From The Atlantic, by Tanya Basu: The handover in houses of worship across the country is not a straightforward case of an increase in non-Christian immigrants in the United States. In fact, many church sales can be attributed to shifts among Christian denominations.Roman Catholic weekly service attendance has slid from 75 percent in 1955 to 45 percent in [Read More...]

Mainline Decline? Really?

Ted Campbell: You know the story: America’s mighty mainline Protestant churches once stretched from sea to shining sea, embracing the vast majority of American people who worshiped week after week, filling glorious churches with their hymns of praise. But, alas, they are now reduced to a handful of aging folks who can scarcely pay to [Read More...]

The Day Evangelicalism Shook over Hell

When John Stott’s views were aired publicly in a book called Evangelical Essentials: A Liberal-Evangelical Dialogue (a public debate with a well-known English liberal, David Edwards), evangelical shook. His view was that the wicked will be annhilated; that is, Stott made it public that he — as true-blue an evangelical as one could find — [Read More...]

Patriarchal Worldview: Mimi Haddad

In the newest edition of Mutuality, a church-shaped magazine for the uplifting of women by egalitarians, Mimi Haddad, President of Christians for Biblical Equality, observes that there is one gospel but two worldviews (the topic of the most recent Mutuality). By the way, I prefer to call my own view “mutualist” or “mutuality” instead of “egalitarian,” because [Read More...]

Evangelicalism: Ten Changes (by Roger Olson)

Source (where you can read his explanations for each change): What do you think? What has changed the most in your lifetime? What are the most dramatic changes? First, when I was growing up and well into my early adult years evangelical Christianity in America focused much attention on the return of Jesus Christ. Second, and [Read More...]

How to Preach on Memorial Day (Jason Micheli)

From Jason Micheli: ‘The Sacrifice of War’      My Grandpa died this spring, just before Holy Week. Maybe it’s because I preach so many funerals, but I’ve learned that when it comes to death this paradox is true: while no amount of words can ever do justice to a person’s life, sometimes a single sentence [Read More...]

O God…

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 and [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 5 July 2014

It takes a village! If you care about the Great Lakes, read this fun set of facts. Using the “parkway” (between curb and sidewalk) for gardening. How about donating this space for the good of others? The L.A. City Council voted Wednesday to approve new parkway guidelines that will outline what residents are allowed to plant in that small [Read More...]

July 4 and Fireflies (Fun Facts)

Seems like a good day to bring up news about lightning bugs, and they fill our yard each summer. Here is a clip from an article that discusses 12 fun facts about lightning bugs. There are many wonders to behold in the animal world, but few offer such enchantment as that of a summer evening [Read More...]

July 4 Psalm

Of course, neither our President nor any nation’s leader is the same as the Davidic king envisioned here, but the Davidic king can be seen as a template of kingship — with due adjustments for our world, and with all respect to our Canadians who have some of their official statements embedded in this Psalm. [Read More...]

The Beatitudinal Leader

In the history of the church, moral teachings often flow from the seven deadly sins and the seven virtues. The seven deadlies are wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. The seven virtues tend to be chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility. One might reasonably ask where such lists come from and [Read More...]

America, Church Divorce Rates

Source: In her book, The Good News About Marriage, Feldhahn lays out what she found during her eight years of investigating the complicated, complex divorce statistics. First, the divorce rate is way below 50 percent and much lower for those who attend church. Feldhahn estimates the overall divorce rate for the country is around 31 percent. [Read More...]

Fairness Tastes Like Ice Cream (RJS)

Chapter four of Matthew Lieberman’s book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect bears the interesting title Fairness Tastes Like Chocolate.  Personally I like chocolate, on occasions, in small amounts. But it is nothing to write home about. Now homemade ice cream, with real vanilla, and blueberries (preferably picked in the wild, but farmed [Read More...]