Well-Versed Inerrancy

In a book where the biggest terms are the last two, Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy, the problem is the word “biblical.” If this adjective means “inerrancy of the Bible” we haven’t much of a problem. But even this raises a problem I have with the book: a biblical view of inerrancy ought to be about [Read More...]

The Impact of Bad News

Source: A terrifying jihadist group is conquering and butchering its way across big swaths of Iraq and Syria. Planes are falling out of the sky on what seems like a weekly basis. Civilians are being killed in massive numbers in the Israel-Gaza conflict. Others are falling prey to Ebola in West Africa. The world, in [Read More...]

Oh The Destruction We Can Wreak (RJS)

Last month I introduced a new book Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis by Jonathan Moo and Robert White (courtesy of the publisher, IVP Academic) and promised a series of posts. Jonathan Moo is an assistant professor of biblical studies at Whitworth University in Spokane Washington. According to his biography at the Faraday [Read More...]

Rowan Williams on the Bible

The subject of this blog for the last week has been on the Bible and the claim of its inerrancy, so it is the right time to look at Rowan Williams’ chapter on the Bible in his little book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. In the chapter’s first paragraph we read, “One of the things [Read More...]

Michael Brown, RIP

A young black man is dead. The evidence is not clear to all, but there is certainly no reason for an unarmed man with his hands in the air to be fired upon by police. Source: Family members say he was a recent graduate of nearby Normandy High School and was going to begin classes [Read More...]

In the Footsteps Tour

Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I can to be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites. The tour also will include a marvelous stop at none other [Read More...]

Parachurch or the Church? And the Church? In the Church

Source: Peter Greer (@peterkgreer) is president and CEO of HOPE International. Chris Horst (@chrishorst) is the vice president of development at HOPE International. Together with the support of Anna Haggard, they coauthored Mission Drift and Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing. They wrote this essay with support from HOPE intern, Andrey Bobrovskiy. … For centuries, the local church [Read More...]

Lynn Cohick Responds to Stetzer’s Piece on Masculinity

Lynn Cohick, NT professor at Wheaton and author of Philippians in the Story of God Bible Commentary (and also co-editor of the series). I appreciate the desire to bring the gospel to those in our society who have written it off as not for them. Ed Stetzer focuses on one such group, adult (presumably white) males [Read More...]

Is Inerrancy a Game Only Played by American Evangelicals?

America exports its goods giving it a worldwide influence, including its sports — basketball and (American) football and baseball. Of course baseball is played elsewhere, and baseball in the Dominican is special, but these are American-shaped sports. But would a Dominican say baseball is an American sport? (Not on your life.) Is inerrancy a game [Read More...]

The 614th Commandment: A Sermon by Jason Micheli

The 614th Commandment      “I ask you, then, has God rejected his People?” That’s Paul’s first question immediately following today’s long, thick passage: ‘Has God rejected the Jews?’      (Because they reject God in Christ?) You shouldn’t answer too hastily. A couple of years ago, Ali and I were traveling in Southern France, and one [Read More...]

Grant to us, Lord

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever [Read More...]

The Redemption of Zion

Source: During excavations along the main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists discovered a ceramic moneybox containing 114 bronze coins. Each of the coins features a chalice and the Hebrew inscription “To the Redemption of Zion” on one side and, on the other side, a motif of palm branches and [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 9 August 2014

Handmade poppies for the Tower of London: Good news for Becky Hammon: The San Antonio Spurs made history Tuesday by hiring six-time WNBA all-star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first full-time female assistant coach in any of the four major professional sports. Hammon, a two-time first-team all-WNBA player who had spent [Read More...]

Lord, Bring Justice

Source: “Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst,” said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, he called what’s happening in Iraq a “Christian genocide” and said “children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being [Read More...]

A Blue Parakeet in High Heels

By Leslie Keeney: The other benefit of wearing heels is less easily described, but more powerful—something akin to both courage and confidence, but not quite either. Something that comes from deciding not to pretend I’m not female when walking through the predominantly male world of evangelical academics. Anyone old enough to have been sentient in the [Read More...]

The Bible’s Most Difficult Text to Preach?

I, SMcK, vote for the Lord’s Prayer — it is so familiar, so dear, and so often said that it is impossible to bring fresh light. Here is a post by John Frye: Scot McKnight notes that the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:7-15) is an intrusion into the almost “obsessive organization” of Matthew 6:1-18. Even more, [Read More...]

Rowan Williams on the Christian Life

Here’s a question at the front of any genuine understanding of the Christian life, but I suspect some will ask how an answer to this question can help us understand the Christian life. The question? This: What does (your) baptism mean for your life? One of the ironies of church life is that those who [Read More...]