A Prayer

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Cohabitation and Marriage: A New Study with Revealing Results

Scott Stanley: In a new paper, Bowling Green State University sociologist Karen Guzzo analyzes how the odds of cohabitation leading to either getting married or breaking up have changed over the years. Before getting to her findings, let’s review some of the cohabitation trends she highlights in her report (based on prior studies). 1) The [Read More...]

Doctrine is Not a Four-Letter Word

David George Moore conducted the following interview.  Dave blogs at www.twocities.org. Tony Lane is professor of historical theology at the London School of Theology.  He is a leading Calvin scholar.  Among other things, Lane has abridged Calvin’s Institutes to make it more accessible. *What were the circumstances which led you to write this book (Exploring [Read More...]

Immigration Crisis and the Church (Allan Bevere)

Allan Bevere, a friend and pastor in Ohio, offers a fresh alternative to political wrangling. What is the church to do?, he asks. In other words, the church that exists in America needs to say to the powers that be in Washington DC, you would be a better and more just nation if you found [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 2 August 2014

The 50 most affordable Christian colleges, including my alma mater (Cornerstone University) and my former place of teaching (North Park University). College affordability is an idea that is more helpful to quantify than simply considering the tuition of the institution of your choice.  Many universities and colleges have developed very aggressive financial aid packages and have other [Read More...]

Professional Sports, Women and Marriage

Source When it comes to balancing long-term relationships and careers, professional men’s tennis players seem to do a better job than their female counterparts. Maria Kirilenko recently announced that she was breaking offher engagement to hockey star Alex Ovechkin. She became the third high-profile professional woman’s tennis player in the past two years to see marriage [Read More...]

What about Hitler? Merritt asks Zahnd

From RNS: RNS: You say that Jesus told us to love our enemies, but what would Jesus tell us to do when terrorists kill our fellow citizens? What would Jesus have advised us to do in the face of the Third Reich? BZ: The initial problem with this question is the pronoun “us.” Are you speaking of [Read More...]

Deadly Piety (by John Frye)

Deadly Piety: Be Careful! In the review of Scot McKnight’s SGBC: Sermon on the Mount, we now move into Matthew 6 with its opening “thematic (warning) statement” (6:1) and three examples of practices of deadly piety (by the Pharisees)—almsgiving (6:2-4), prayer (6:5-6), and fasting (6:16-18). Jesus offers an aside that breaks the neat symmetry of [Read More...]

What I Have Learned Most from the Sciences

Posted last week at BioLogos: A student of mine recently wrote a paper in which he talked about growing up in a church that taught young earth creationism. This student was beginning to feel quite uncomfortable as he had learned some facts about the world a long, long time ago that were almost certainly undeniable. [Read More...]

Starting Anew in Manchester

Solomon’s temple in Brazil, re-purposing churches into gyms in Quebec, and starting afresh in Manchester England. Anthony Delaney is a retired policeman. Now aged 49, he grew up on a council estate in a rough part of Manchester and joined the Police Cadets at 16, which was “all about outdoor pursuits and the pursuit of [Read More...]

Trust is Precious (RJS)

Trust is a powerful word. From the Merriam Webster dictionary definition: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. a) assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b) one in which confidence is placed (Webster’s Unabridged 1983 to the right, click for a larger image.) Trust [Read More...]

Does the Gospel begin with Adam? (by Jackson Wu)

There are a number of reasons people normally start with Adam with presenting the gospel. Adam’s fall, following the creation account, stands at the beginning of the biblical story. Naturally, people simply follow the sequence of events. People want to explain the origin of sin. People use the Adam story to explain the meaning and [Read More...]

Ebola and the Brantly Family Statement

Source: Amber Brantly, the wife of Dr. Kent Brantly, and her immediate family issued the following statement. Dr. Brantly, a member of the Samaritan’s Purse team in Liberia, tested positive for the Ebola virus and is fighting for his life. We appreciate so much all the words of comfort and acts of kindness extended to [Read More...]

Preserving Churches in Canada

In contrast to the Solomon temple replica in Brazil, the churches of Canada are being re-purposed into gyms. MONTREAL — Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But despite its dramatic transformation into a private gym and spa, the onetime Dominican St. Jude’s [Read More...]

Where Do We Get those Sermons? (Jonathan Storment)

On this blog others speak, but I keep the posts oriented toward the church (mostly). Voices matter to me, so on Wednesday we have been treated this year to a series of posts by young pastors in the Churches of Christ. This post is by Jonathan Storment from Abilene Texas, and I love his set [Read More...]

I Love the Bible: Chet

The expression “post-haste” was something I once heard from a teacher and it followed a request to go to some office to get something. “And do it post-haste.” I thought about the meaning of that expression then about as often as I did about any expression — not at all. But, that expression has a [Read More...]

Sudanese Family in an American Church

By my friend Stan Friedman: By Stan Friedman MANCHESTER, NH (July 25, 2014) — The Evangelical Covenant Church will help resettle Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman once sentenced to death by the Sudanese government when she would not renounce her Christian faith. Ibrahim, along with her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children, was secretly [Read More...]