Not Paradise Lost, But Paradise Ungained (RJS)

The next three propositions in John Walton’s new book The Lost World of Adam and Eve look at non-order, order, disorder, and the fall in Genesis 3. There are several important points in this section addressing the questions: What is sin?  What was lost in Genesis 3? What is the consequence of this loss? and [Read More...]

Are Scientists Really Split on Evolution? By Austin Fischer

Evangelicals, Scientists, and the “Evolution Split” (by Austin Fischer) As a pastor in the heart of the evangelical south, few topics are more difficult and divisive to address than those surrounding evolution. Those of us committed to the idea that there is no fundamental conflict between honest faith and honest science (and how could there [Read More...]

Pope Francis: I have a question for you.

Pope Francis, a clip and then I have a question for him: “I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps,” he [Pope Francis] added. “But there is someone who ‘knows’ that, despite our differences, we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he who is persecuting [Read More...]

The Franciscan Way

One cannot avoid thinking about St Francis (San Francesco) here in Assisi, so to make that part of our time here more enjoyable I plotted to read three books beginning with Augustine Thompson’s fantastic biography/study, Francis of Assisi: A New Biography. Rick, a friend, gave me Ian Morgan Cron’s Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale, and then I recently [Read More...]

Body and Theology

Males and females, a body for each. Male and female hair, a style for each. Male and female clothing, a style for each. Transgress the body, the hair or the clothing and shame results; maintain the body, the hair and the clothing, and honor results. The history of the church reveals a correlation with the [Read More...]

Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, You have given to us your servants grace, By the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, And in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, And bring us at last to see you [Read More...]

Israelis and the Bedouins

Diaa Hadid: UMM AL-HIRAN, Israel — Salim al-Qian settled back on his white faux leather couch strewn with pink cushions and took a sip of tea, clearly comfortable in his tiny home in this ramshackle hamlet in the dusty hills of southern Israel. The sense of permanence suggested by his comfort, however, looks to be short-lived. [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings 30 May 2015

Arrivederci Assisi! Good students: BETHLEHEM, N.H. —The graduating class at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem made a heartfelt decision to give the money raised for their senior class trip to the school’s principal, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Principal Courtney Vashaw said they work hard to teach the students about caring for others [Read More...]

So Let’s Talk a Minute or Two about Sloth

If when you read “sloth”you thought “lazy”(as most of us do), then you tipped your hand that you hold a shallow view of this capital vice, this deadly sin. We’ve been conditioned in the West by an out of control “Protestant work ethic”which shouts “Busyness is next to godliness.”Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung blasts our superficial view [Read More...]

Willard and a Gentle Apologetics

Today I want to conclude this brief series on Dallas Willard’s view of apologetics in his new book, The Allure of Gentleness. And this means some random topics at work in this fine new book. First, the disconnect between some who believe in Jesus but not God. Many Christians, in their heart of hearts, also believe [Read More...]

Is Faith Unintelligent? (Donald Nwankwo)

By Donald Nwankwo, newly ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church. “I don’t live by faith. I live smart,” I overheard someone say in a group conversation. I recently heard someone else comment on a TV show: “I wonder why Christians choose to live by a book written thousands of years ago. They need to get [Read More...]

This is Why We Need Christians Engaged in Science! (RJS)

Ed Stetzer had an interesting post on his blog last week -  3 reasons for Christians to Engage in Science. This post is a reprint of an essay he wrote for a small booklet recently released by the National Association of Evangelicals: When God and Science Meet and available for free download.  The booklet includes [Read More...]

Guidance: That Frustrating Paul

From A Fellowship of Differents. Imagine you are in Corinth, and imagine you are an Anglican type gathered in Fortunatus’s house church fellowship, when someone brings in  Paul’s first letter to the church. Someone stands to read the whole thing. All kinds of problems are addressed and Paul’s got reasons for everything he says, so it [Read More...]

Where has all the honey gone? (Long time passing.)

Roberto A. Ferdman: Not long ago, chances were that any given honey jar sitting on a table or tucked away in a pantry here in the United States was locally produced. Now, after what has been a decidedly disastrous decade for the bee industry, that couldn’t be any less true. “We’ve lost a lot of bees here [Read More...]

This is My Story

By Kelly Edmiston. She is the Youth and Family Minister at the First Colony Church of Christ in Sugar Land, Tx. She enjoys “suburban life” with her husband Ben and two sons, Mason and Hunter. Kelly is a passionate leader following God’s call on her life to minister to students and edify families. Kelly is currently [Read More...]

Devil Worship for the Sake of the Common Good

On the “Decline” of the Church in America: Devil Worship for the Sake of the Common Good, by Allan Bevere, with a zinger for an ending! So much ado has been made about a recent Pew Research Center report on the decline of Christianity in America. Many have weighed in on what the results of the research [Read More...]

Wearing Red?!

Deborah Netburn: Heads up, men: Pulling on a bright red shirt in the morning may change the way people perceive you throughout the day. According to a new study, most of us think men dressed in red look more aggressive, dominant and angry than if they were clad in gray or blue. The research was [Read More...]