The Beauty of Grace

By Patrick Mitchel, a sketch of a public lecture by John Barclay, author of Paul and the Gift. Patrick Mitchel is at Irish Bible Institute in Dublin. John Barclay , Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham University was speaking in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth this evening on ‘Grace as Free Gift: Freedom from What?’ This was the opening [Read More…]

Confessions of a Repentant Voter

By Leslie Leyland Fields We have a new president. We have much work ahead of us as a nation, as a Church. We will not move forward without looking behind. May these words of confession bring healing to us all. *Let us have compassion for one another, for we have all suffered through an unprecedented [Read More…]

Our Hope and our Politics

Somewhere overnight or this morning the eschatology of American Christians may become clear. If a Republican wins and the Christian becomes delirious or confident that the Golden Days are about to arrive, that Christian has an eschatology of politics. Or, alternatively, if a Democrat wins and the Christian becomes delirious or confident that the Golden [Read More…]

What Do You Love? (RJS)

What do you want from life? What brings a satisfaction that lasts? Wealth, power, sex? The correct candidate winning today’s election? (I am sure this hits a nerve with a large number of readers.) Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Tim Keller digs into the question of a satisfaction that lasts in the next [Read More…]

Brueggemann’s Economics: Grace

By Michael Thompson Walter Brueggemann. God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016. Chapter Three: Grace: The Inexplicable Reach Beyond (71–106) In discussing the biblical presentation of grace, Walter Brueggemann begins with a discussion of “common theology.” Drawn from a 1952 article by Morton [Read More…]

If You are a Cubs Fan

If you are a Cubs fan, Mark Gonzales’s summary of who will remain and who will not is as good as it can get. I give his top section but at the link you can read the rest: Who’s likely to return Player … Position … Contract status … Comment Pitchers Jake Arrieta … Starting [Read More…]

Leave the Leaves?

So says David Mizejewski in a report by Mary Bowerman: [SMcK: Confession time; I mow mine into small pieces and then put them in the compost pile.] Put the rake down, and back away from the leaves. Dry, dead leaves may be unsightly to your neighbors, but they are great wildlife habitat for a slew of [Read More…]

Counter Cultural God

Being relevant is good but so is being irrelevant. Being like your culture connects you to culture; being unlike culture both disconnects and offers the opportunity to think again. The Christian God may have at times been somewhat like the Greek and Roman and Jewish cultures, but at other times it was so so so [Read More…]

Follow the Leader (Michelle Van Loon)

Follow The Leader, By Michelle Van Loon I am of Paul. I am of Apollos. I am of John Piper or Jim Wallis or Jen Hatmaker or Nancy Leigh DeMoss. It was a first century problem, and it is a twenty-first century problem. It is perhaps most pronounced in the Protestant world. Our very spiritual [Read More…]

Honest Heart, Unique Sermon

By Jason Micheli, for All Saints Sunday An Argument for the Existence of God 1/458 July 5, 2005 From: Subject: Communion Etc. Dear Jason, Welcome to Aldersgate! We met on Sunday morning. I was the “good-looking lady” with the Arkansas accent who, leaving church, asked you: “You’re not a Republican are you?!” I whispered [Read More…]

All Saints’ Day

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be [Read More…]

Roman Catholic Thought in the 20th Century

Robert Royal is the founder and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing ( He is the author of numerous books. One in particular, The God That Did Not Fail, is one of my all-time favorites.   Royal’s new book, A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 5 November 2016

It starts here for this first weekend after the World Series, with Tom Verducci’s little anecdote about Joe Maddon’s father’s hat and Jason Heyward’s character: As Maddon prepared to return to the dugout, he stepped out from behind his desk in the visiting manager’s office, the one with two open packages of dark chocolate bars—“For [Read More…]

Preaching Temptation #6

By John Frye I will conclude this series by offering three more temptations pastors face as they fulfill the injunction “to preach the word.” These three can be captured in the words control, fixation, and anger. Control. I know of few pastors who believed their mission was to shape and control the beliefs and behavior [Read More…]

Restoring Passover to the Cross

In his new book, N.T. Wright, The Day the Revolution Began, is offering a total reworking of how to understand the cross. One might think such a rethinking is hubristic (as some did last week on my blog) or one might take a more charitable approach and see it as a relocating the older categories [Read More…]

A Reader Asks

I got this question from a reader the other day: I’ve been studying a lot lately. Also concerning topics like Calvinism etc. Last week I spoke to a Calvinist and he said something like this: “God doesn’t have to save anybody, and if He does save anyone, and elects people to be saved, that should [Read More…]


Cubs win, Cubs win, Cubs win! If you add up all the season and postseason logs at, you come up with this: Since the moment Kling caught that foul out, the Cubs played 152,627⅓ innings of baseball before Wednesday, and their pitchers retired 457,882 batters. Not one of those outs added a third World [Read More…]