How Our Creator Shapes Us (RJS)

How can we reconcile human evolution with the view of humans created in the image of God? How can we even introduce the topic and address the questions students may have? A month ago or so I introduced a project The Author of Life funded by the Evolution and Christian Faith program administered by BioLogos. [Read More...]

Through the Eye of a Needle (Lynn Cohick)

Through the Eye of a Needle Lynn H. Cohick, Wheaton College, IL, author of Women in the World of the First Christians and Philippians (Story of God Bible Commentary), and with G. Burge and G. Green, The New Testament in Antiquity. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich [Read More...]

Diversity is not Enough

Source: Rev. Fred D. Robinson critiques the appeal to diverse churches and pleads for a deeper repentance. I would respond by saying churches can be the place where that deeper diversity can occur first as a witness to the gospel. (CNN) – On day five after the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown at [Read More...]

What’s Your $100 Worth? (Infograph)

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Willard’s “Divine Conspiracy Continued”

Many of us benefited immensely from the writings and teachings of Dallas Willard, some of us benefited even more from his personal influence. I know Kris and I have, and we are glad we met and spent some time with Dallas at a Renovare event in Wichita a few years back. When someone of that [Read More...]

Wouldn’t it be cool?

This is from Arise, the newsletter from Christians for Biblical Equality. John R. Kohlenberger III is the author or co-editor of more than sixty biblical reference books and study Bibles and he has served on the board of CBE. His latest product, The NIV Integrated Study Bible, was published by Zondervan this month. How many ways [Read More...]

E-Readers vs. Paper Readers: New Results

WaPo: If you’re one of those Luddites who still clings, technophobically, to the printed page, then a team of European researchers has some good news for you: You have again been vindicated. This latest study on the differences between e-readers and printed books — which was presented at an Italian conference last month and reported [Read More...]

Grant, O merciful God

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Congratulations to Jackie Robinson West!

Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West has just won the American division of the Little League World Series, and play South Korea’s mighty team tomorrow for the World Series Championship. [Read more...]

Kingdom Conspiracy in Chicagoland

From Missio Alliance: We’re excited to be partnering with Northern Seminary to host a morning of presentations and conversation with Scot McKnight around his newest book, Kingdom Conspiracy: Recovering the Radical Mission of the Local Church. This event is especially for Chicagoland church and ministry leaders as well as seminary students. With special thanks to Baker Books, everyone who attends will [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 23 August 2014

I am so proud of my former student, Sam Lamerson, who has been named President of Knox Theological Seminary in Ft Lauderdale. Good for Samaritan’s Purse: Smart Money magazine has named Samaritan’s Purse the most efficient religious charity numerous times, and the group maintains a reputation of being among the first to combat the worst public health [Read More...]

A Liberal’s Take on Evangelicalism

Kelvin Holdsworth offers his ideas of what evangelicalism is and at the link you can read his explanations. Do you think this is fair? accurate? adequate? shallow?  I thought I might help Malcolm out with 10 things about Evangelicals that Evangelicals tend not to tell you when you first encounter them and when you first encounter [Read More...]

Jesus, Birds, and Flowers (by John Frye)

Jesus, Birds, and Flowers “Jesus’ favored form of ‘natural theology’ was to tell parables,” writes Scot McKnight in his SGBC: The Sermon on the Mount (218). In expounding Matthew 6:25-34, Scot opens the text by pressing us to wonder whether we are theists in belief, but deists in behavior. How does the truth of God’s [Read More...]

The Acids of Modernity and Christian Theology

Modern theology is theology done in the context of modernity, which means, in the context of what happened to thinking and culture as a result of the Enlightenment. Modern theology is often a code expression for “liberal” theology, and many ways that might be right. But Roger Olson, in his big book The Journey of Modern [Read More...]

Up Front Grace

Source: (AP) An act of kindness at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida inspired an 11-hour chain of paying-it-forward. A woman drove up and paid for her own iced coffee at 7 a.m. Wednesday at a St. Petersburg store, and also asked to pay for a caramel macchiato for the driver behind her, who then did [Read More...]

Archbishop of ACNA’s Prayer for the Persecuted

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples ofthe earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace tothose who are far off and to those who are near:  Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, especially in Syria and Iraq; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your [Read More...]

Spiritual Abuse in the Church’s System

I’ll tell you when I think the system is corrupt: when Christian people sign severance packages that require silence. Those in power are buying protection; those signing are compromising integrity. The following post grabs the main points in a longer post by Jennifer LeClaire, and her points are worthy of some conversation: What are the [Read More...]