In the Image of God (RJS)

The final chapter of John Walton’s new book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate looks at the ways in which humans are distinct creatures and a special creation of God. In discussing human origins, Walton draws a distinction between evolution in the sense material continuity and gradual [Read More...]

Saving Salvation from Bad Ideas

Some are allergic to the term “salvation” because of how they were treated by it in their churches while others glory in the term because how they were treated by it in their churches. But here is one (almost) indisputable claim about salvation: most operate on one side of the term. That is, the spectrum [Read More...]

America’s Tiny House Movement

Nina Patel: America is having a big love affair with tiny houses. There are television shows: “Tiny House Nation” and “Tiny House Hunters.” There are movies: “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” and “Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary.” Pinterest has more than 900 boards devoted to tiny houses, and design Web site Houzz showcases thousands [Read More...]

A New Metric (by Jonathan Storment)

A New Metric, by Jonathan Storment For the past 12 years, I have worked only at large churches.  This is neither a bragging statement nor a dismissive one.  Frankly, they are the only churches that would hire me.  And they are great churches.  They care about the right things, and they want to serve God [Read More...]

They Dared to Forgive (Donald Nwankwo)

From Donald Nwankwo (Anglican Deacon) News about the response of relatives of some of the slain members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. was so strong it stood on its own legs as a news item, side by side the massacre at a weekday prayer meeting. At the bond hearing, some of the victims’ [Read More...]

“Put aside a culture war that…”

David Brooks: Put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations from any consideration of religion or belief. Put aside an effort that has been a communications disaster, reducing a rich, complex and beautiful faith into a public obsession with sex. Put aside a culture war that, at least over the [Read More...]

Laying Down Arms (RJS)

I had the privilege last week of attending the first public conference held by BioLogos. This was in Grand Rapids and featured a number of fascinating speakers – Scot McKnight, John Walton, Ard Louis, Ted Davis, Len Vander Zee … a New Testament scholar, an Old Testament scholar, a scientist, a historian of science, and [Read More...]

The Next Big Paul Book is Imminent

John M.G. Barclay’s about-to-appear book on the apostle Paul (Paul and the Gift) is the next big Paul book, and it will undoubtedly become a major book for all Pauline scholars and all students who are in touch with the vanguard of scholarship, and I hope many pastors will read the book, too. Here’s why: GRACE [Read More...]

The Courts Vindicate Grammar

Sarah Larimer: Here’s what happened, according to court documents. Back in February 2014, Andrea Cammelleri was cited for a violation when she left her pickup truck parked on a street in West Jefferson, Ohio. That was because an ordinance in the village stated it was illegal to park “any motor vehicle camper, trailer, farm implement and/or [Read More...]

O Give Me a Home, Where the…

… Bison roam! By Ted Gregory: Once wild bison were reintroduced to an Illinois prairie after being absent from the region for nearly two centuries, the animals have been multiplying a bit like another more prevalent prairie mammal: rabbits. A total of 14 bison calves were born this past spring at Nachusa Grasslands, a prairie [Read More...]

Universalism and Death (by Jeff Cook)

This post is by Jeff Cook, and I am committed to giving space to Jeff’s public ruminations because they are reasonable and give us space to think through challenging topics with rigor. Jeff Cook: I’ve become convinced this year that the traditional view of hell will not last as a dominant theory among scholars for [Read More...]


In a few of his many writings Roger Scruton wags his finger at the deconstructionists, and he’s concerned especially with Foucault and Rorty and in some measure Derrida. He calls the concern oikophobia. (See his A Political Philosophy or The Need for Nations.) Oikophobia is a Greek term, composed of house/household and fear, and the term is thus used to describe [Read More...]

Preachin’ the Blues

By Revd Dr Michael J. Lakey, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, UK. Michael Lakey’s own new book Academic Vocation in the Church and Academy Today (eds. Shaun C. Henson, Michael J. Lakey) is out later this year. For details visit the Ashgate website: A review of Gary W. Burnett, The Gospel According to the Blues. One possible way in [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

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 on the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July from the Cape [Image from public domain] Congratulations to Misty Copeland: (CNN)American ballerina Misty Copeland, a cultural phenomenon outside the dance world, has been promoted to the highest rank of the American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history. The American Ballet Theatre announced [Read More...]

Privilege is Blindness (by John Frye)

Apparently when Jesus shed his blood in fulfilling his redemptive mission, his blood was red, white and blue. That’s my observation from watching and reading many Christian reactions to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Too many USAmerican Christians have fused (one version of) American history with some of their favorite Bible verses and with [Read More...]

Women as Witnesses (Marianne Meye Thompson)

From Arise, by Marianne Meye Thompson: Image Marianne Meye Thompson is the George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. While specializing in the Gospels and particularly the Gospel of John, she has written on Colossians, the epistles of John, and various theological topics such as God as father in the Scriptures. [Read More...]