A Feeble Attempt at Canadian Humo(u)r

Is Quebec in Canada? OK, I heard a bit about this up in Canada last week.  Which State in the USA is most like what Quebec is to Canada? [Read more…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 70

Though the entire sweep of the verses below is not called “the gospel” or the “message,” it unmistakably evokes 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 as a narration of the saving events of Jesus’ life: 16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:  He appeared in a body,was vindicated by the Spirit,was seen by angels,was preached among [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends

David Naugle’s new book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, probes into the deep senses of happiness — a yearning in each person and yet something found by many to be elusive. I like that Naugle ties together Shalom — peace — and Agape — love. Genuine happiness is not simply [Read More…]

iGens 1

When it comes to grasping the big picture of what is doing on in culture, the single-most important book I have read in the last thirty years is Robert Bellah’s famous Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life . (Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Community came [Read More…]

Pat Reaches a Summitt! 1000 Wins

And I love this horsing around picture of her. Congrats from the Jesus Creed community to Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols! [Read more…]

Cartoon in Need of Theological Comments

What say you? [Read more…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 69

By the way, if anyone is collecting all this series into a MS Word document, I’d be happy to give you a bundle of credit and repost the whole series in one document. One of these days I’ll learn the more elegant trick of writing my posts in MS Word and pasting them into Movable [Read More…]

Intellectual Integrity and Faith? 3: Genesis One (RJS)

Genesis 1 has been studied, debated, and expounded as much as any text in world history. Scholars and amateurs alike have poured over this text for twenty-five hundred years, and it continues to demand our attention because of its arresting content and architectonic style. (p. 29) So begins Bill Arnold’s discussion of Genesis 1 (actually [Read More…]

The Gospel and Orthodoxy

In my recent research on the meaning of “gospel,” I read Ted A. Campbell’s new book, The Gospel in Christian Traditions. Here is a book that needs to be read as a primer to theology in the history of the Church. Why? Because theology is the unfolding of the gospel and the gospel alone can [Read More…]

Trouble posting comments on Beliefnet?

I’ve heard from a few of you that you are having trouble posting comments on this blog. We’d like to hear what is happening. [Read more…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 68

We will finish this series this week and we will begin [in two weeks] a series on the letter of James. But today I want to observe that Paul’s gospel can be “gospeled” or “proclaimed” through the grid of several terms. We have seen that Paul preaches the gospel of the narrative of the life, [Read More…]

Obama and God’s Sovereignty

I don’t know about you, but I think the game of knowing “why” God is doing things in this world is a presumptuous and often self-serving game to play. One thing I’ve observed is that most folks who “know” the mind of God on an event — say Katrina or 9/11 or the election of [Read More…]

Edmonton in January

The single-most common quip we heard last weekend at Break Forth’s conference was this: “Why in the world would I want to go to Edmonton in January?” Confession time: when we were invited to speak at Break Forth, that was the exact expression that came out of my mouth. Now let me tell you why [Read More…]

Obama’s Inauguration: A Poem

From Stephanie Seefeldt A Shadowed Hope It can be heard on the wind – in the words that are written,in the faces of the gathered who watch him ascend.“Change”, it says.“New.Better.More.Hope.”I see the hope. I even sense it some, and want tograsp this moment in history – to be able to say“Yes. I saw it. [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 67

The “gospel” changes at Acts 1-2. One way of saying this is the proclaimer became the proclaimed one — but this misses that John preached about Jesus, too. And Jesus’ own message was self-directed. But, still, a good point to be made: the preaching shifts to redemption in Christ in a direct and clear manner. [Read More…]

Intellectual Integrity and Faith? 2: Genesis (RJS)

Bill T. Arnold, Director of Hebrew Studies and the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary has a new commentary out, Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series) .  This commentary is described as “an innovative interpretation of one of the most profound texts of world literature: the book of Genesis. [Read More…]

Capital Punishment and the Trial of Jesus

This last weekend in our travel to Canada and back, I read lawyer and professor of law at Baylor University, Mark William Osler‘s new book Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment . There are two major highlights to this book, and I would commend it to church libraries across [Read More…]