Bears-Skins Game Notes

First, these two teams don’t deserve to be on national TV. I’m glad I’ve got something to read. Second, the game has now become interesting … 3:23 left in 3d quarter. [Read more...]

Pray for Matt and Nicole

Please pray for Matt and Nicole and Evie. [Read more...]

The Advent of Crucifixion: Interaction

Overall, Andrew Purves,The Crucifixion of Ministry , is a profound theological exploration of the significance of the vicarious humanity of Christ and our union with Christ for pastoral ministry. There is much that I like about this; very much. But, I’ve got two nagging issues. [Read more...]

Let’s Shift!

Willow Creek’s annual youth ministry conference, April 9-11, is called “Shift.” I will participating in several ways and hope you can find your way to this event if you are involved in youth ministry. We’ve been given the chance to give a discount through this blog: [Read more...]

Christmas Words: “Flesh”

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). The Word who is Life, the Word who is Light, has become “flesh.” [Read more...]

Pray for Uganda

Pray for the fresh outbreaks of a new strain of ebola in Uganda. [Read more...]

Divine Embrace 5

Legalism, both ethical and doctrinal, distorts spirituality. So, the first four pages of chp 4 of Robert Webber’s The Divine Embrace is all we’ll look at today. [Read more...]

First Day is Goldingay

John Goldingay closes chp 9 of Israel’s Gospel (OT Theology) with this statement, a summing up insight into how First Testament writers understood history and how we might understand our own: [Read more...]

Christmas Words: “Light”

Our third word for Advent is “light.” Here is John 1:4-5: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” How is the Word also “light”? [Read more...]

The Crucifixion of Ministry 6

We close our survey of Andrew Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry, with today’s post … but on Thursday I’ll offer a brief critical interaction with the book. This chp gets down to brass tacks with what ministry, when conceived as union with Christ, looks like on a daily basis. [Read more...]

Pierre is Back!

In my book Embracing Grace I tell the story of a little “eikon” I had in my office for many, many years. We called him Pierre because he was a French-looking man with a beret. Now for the rest of the story. [Read more...]

Christmas Words: “Life”

“In him,” John says of Jesus Christ, the Word, “was life” (1:4). The second Christmas word in our series is “life.” What does this mean? [Read more...]

Divine Embrace 4

The essence of chp 3 of Robert Webber’s The Divine Embrace makes a simple contention: no matter how we turn the dice, the numbers of the earliest spirituality are not turning up in contemporary evangelicalism’s understanding of spirituality. He believes contemporary evangelicalism both got back on the right track with the Reformation and yet, again [Read More...]

Ancient-Evangelical Future Conference

Friday and Saturday, along with Kevin Vanhoozer and Edith Humphrey, as well as Howard Snyder, Vince Bacote, David Fitch, and David Neff, I participated in the Ancient-Evangelical Future Call conference at Northern Baptist’s Seminary‘s pleasant surroundings. [Read more...]

Christmas Words: “Word”

“In the beginning,” the Gospel of John tells us, “was the Word.” He furthers this with this: “The Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The first Christmas word we will look at in our Advent 2007 series is Word. [Read more...]

Prayer for the Week

1st Sunday of Advent Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

Chicago’s Offense is up in the air now that Hester’s just too good to kick to… [Read more...]