Aidan Compline

May no dreams disturb our rest and no nightmares darken our dreams. May no fears or worries delay our willing, prompt repose. May the virtue of our daily work hallow our nightly prayers. May our sleep be deep and soft so our work be fresh and hard. [Read more…]

Zoe in Lubbock

Kris and I had never been to Lubbock TX, and one friend wrote to me that it resembles lunar landscape. We did see tumbleweed and we heard reports of a dust storm, but overall we thought Lubbock was a delightful place to be. We had two long walks through some neighborhoods and the people at [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 17

James 1: 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. [Read More…]

Behind the Scenes (by PW)

I recently read an article about trust and took The Trust Test. This article raised all sorts of flags of recognition for me as a ministry spouse. The article points to many common pitfalls of not listening to our inner trust-o-meter when we should. Like it or not, there are many times when the people [Read More…]

Will Evangelicalism Survive?

Mark Galli, senior managing editor at Christianity Today, has just responded to Michael Spencer’s (iMonk) colossal prediction of the imminent collapse of evangelicalism. I’d like to shift this conversation a bit to two other questions to see if we might further the conversation a bit. Who are the evangelicals and what makes up an evangelical? [Read More…]

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2009

What did you think of the pairings? Who will win? [Read more…]

The New Perspective on Facebook

What do you think of the new changes at Facebook? [Read more…]

One Cool Grandson

Aksel sends his greetings from Florida. [Read more…]

Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ [Read More…]

iGen Post Election Blues

What do you think? [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello . Trends among young evangelicals (HT: GO).Trends among evangelicals (Barna’s newest report).Trends among Americans and Christianity.Trends in internet thinking about universalism.Trends in tweeting. Motives matter.Weeds matter.Marko matters! I don’t know what the 10 most influential ideas are today, but Time‘s suggestion that new Calvinism is one of them describes what I’ve observed [Read More…]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 5

This post wraps up our series for this week. Conclusions Let me now try to draw together some threads. The temporal indicators of Mark 13 and parallels suggest that Jesus envisioned everything therein described as occurring within one generation. Roughly speaking, he sees things occurring in about 40 years. History shows that the Romans sacked [Read More…]

What’s your favorite …

Elton John song? I like this with Kiki Dee (here’s the original version): [Read more…]

Friday is for Friends: Kevin Sweeney

Kevin Sweeney accepted our invitation to submit material for the Jesus Creed blog and I think you’ll like this one. (Next week we’ve got a provocative post by Chrissi Wright.) What do you think of his proposal? We Can’t Get Closer to God   Anybody who has at some point encountered the reality of God [Read More…]

Is Eternal Punishment Just?

A letter from a reader, to which I responded in private. Permission was granted for publication of this letter. Scot, I hope this email finds you healthy and well.  I am looking for some guidance or help working through a theological question(s). In the last few days/weeks/months I have increasingly been wrestling with a theology [Read More…]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 4

Continued from yesterday. Our second point: Jesus said that all these things would occur before that time. Let me set this comment in context. In Matt 23:36 Jesus said to his followers this: “Amen, I say to you, all these things will come about upon this generation” – and he is speaking of the avenging [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 16

James looks into the eyes and hearts of the oppressed and poor messianists, now scattered from home and facing oppression at the hands of the rich — the odds are against them. He looks at them and tells the to keep their heads up because God is good and God will make things right SomeDay. [Read More…]