Biblical Womanhood … Not What Many Think (RJS)

More often than I am asked how I as a scientist can be a Christian, I am asked how I as an educated woman can be a Christian. After all, the questioner generally continues, Christianity oppresses women. Unfortunately we don’t have to look far to find appalling evidence for this view at the extremes. But [Read More...]

Gender and Identity, Beginning with the Evangelical Theological Society

By Mimi Haddad. Did you know that there are twice as many women academics in the secular academy as in the Christian academy? Worse, women comprise only about six percent of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). And despite a recent study exposing the shaming experiences of ETS women, some members of ETS passed a resolution that identified [Read More...]

Bible in its Original Context

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. Let me suggest that your church sponsor a pastor and spouse to [Read More...]

A Sad, Sad Reality about Europe

Aron Heller: JERUSALEM (AP) — Jewish immigration to Israel from western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, a leading nonprofit group said Thursday, as France’s beleaguered Jewish community grapples with whether to refrain from donning Jewish skull caps for their own safety. The Jewish Agency, which [Read More...]

Watch Me, Watch Me: Forming Worship that Turns to God

By Sean Palmer Sean Palmer is Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX. Read more from Sean at The Palmer Perspective (, follow him on Twitter: @seanpalmer or follow him on Facebook at American Christianity is facing a critical turn. I don’t consider myself stuffy or prudish, though my children may disagree, [Read More...]

Should We Strive for Income Equality?

Income equality seems to be an intuitional or instinctual moral posture in today’s economy and politics. It was behind the 1% protests and is running on high octane in the Democratic runoff to see who will represent the Democrats in the 2016 election. I’d like to open up a conversation about income equality on the [Read More...]

Baby Carrots

Roberto A. Ferdman: The baby carrot, like so many inventions before it, was birthed by necessity. In the early 1980s, the carrot business was stagnant and wasteful. Growing seasons were long, and more than half of what farmers grew was ugly and unfit for grocery shelves. But in 1986, Yurosek, itching for a way to [Read More...]

A Philosopher’s God? (RJS)

Before delving more completely into how God creates, Ron Highfield in The Faithful Creator first looks at the nature of God. The theology he develops is what he terms the “traditional” view espoused by “traditional Christian theologians.” I have to admit that this terminology turns me off. It may be a conventional terminology in theology, [Read More...]

Wealth and the Earliest Christians — A Review of Gary Hoag by Lucy Peppiatt

Gary G. Hoag. Wealth in Ancient Ephesus and the First Letter to Timothy: Fresh Insights from Ephesiaca by Xenophon of Ephesus. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2015. A review by Lucy Peppiatt. Gary Hoag revisits the topic of wealth in the letter of 1 Timothy, asking whether the teachings found there are consistent or inconsistent with other [Read More...]

Problem: The Squirrels!

Christopher Ingraham: I come across an awful lot of strange data in my line of work. Toilets.Goats. Ugly counties. But today, I stumbled upon what may be the finest dataset in existence: a comprehensive database of incidents where squirrels and other critters have knocked out part of the power grid. The slightly tongue-in-cheeck Cyber Squirrel 1 promises a list of “all unclassified Cyber [Read More...]

Martin Luther King, Jr’s Methods

RJS made me aware of the letter drafted by the Montgomery Improvement Association to instruct folks on how to participate in the bus boycott and here is the letter, a letter revealing the methods of ML King Jr, who led the entire protest: [Read more...]

Martin Luther King, Jr. : From Prison

Martin Luther King. Jr. Letter From Birmingham Jail April 16, 1963 MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the [Read More...]

Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream

Here’s the text of Martin Luther King’s famous speech/sermon/address in Washington DC. I remember watching it as a kid on TV. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. I am happy to join with you [Read More...]

The Finest of Wines, by Kevin Maney

The Finest of Wines Epiphany 2C, January 17, 2016 The Reverend Dr. J. Kevin Maney Lectionary texts: Isaiah 62.1-5; Psalm 36.5-10; 1 Corinthians 12.1-11; John 2.1-11. In the name of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. This morning we celebrate the joyous occasion of baptizing 3 new persons into the Body [Read More...]

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and [Read More...]

Is Jesus or the Bible the Word of God, and Does it Matter? By Austin Fischer

Is Jesus or the Bible the Word of God and Does It Matter? by Austin Fischer “Saying the Bible isn’t the Word of God because Jesus is makes as much sense as saying humans aren’t the image of God because Jesus is.”—Derek Rishmawy Derek Rishmawy tweeted that last week, and I take his point. After [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 16 January 2016

OK, one has to admit Marie Kondo’s magic of tidying up might be more than a little difficult for parents with kids around the house — but she’s good news for grandparents! If you read Marie Kondo’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and you are reading this parenting blog, you probably have as [Read More...]