Coming Conversations

We are concerned about 20somethings, or iGens, and this blog is devoted to discussions that can help with ministry to 20somethings. I am excited about two recent books I’ve read. So, in about a week we will begin discussions about how ancient saints can help postmoderns and then another discussion about the Third Way (beyond [Read More…]

Mowing Grass

Here’s Aksel inside watching the grass being mown … I was told he was much more interested in the lawn mower than the one pushing the lawn mower. The mower was his grandpa. [Read more…]

Prayer for the Week

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

The Origins Project update: Festival in July 2010 and our Listening Tour. The lesson here is that you’ve got to make your order very clear before you get in the chair.The lesson here is don’t believe in that view of the rapture.The lesson here — no guessing — is “don’t buy.”The lesson here is that [Read More…]

Snow Leopard for Macs

The new Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard is now available. What do you think of Snow Leopard? We’ll be getting a few of these for the family. [Read more…]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Life Together

I’ve been reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s magisterial, moving Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works). It is, so I think, his best book. No need, however, to debate what is neither provable nor non-falsifiable. What is worth discussing is his incredible set of statements about the expectations we bring to the church and [Read More…]

Genesis One 12

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. We have been waiting for this day, or at least some of our readers have been. What does Walton say about Young Earth Creationists (YEC), those who think [Read More…]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: James

Commentaries on James are now available from a variety of angles, and the book is no longer dominated by how and why or why not the letter comports with the theology of grace in Paul. Instead, there is a powerful interest in James on his own terms and everyone has an angle on the sorts [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 16

The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 3 is the story of a healing, the people praising God, and Peter’s clarification of what God is doing. As we read the Book of Acts in search of missional theology, we are reading The Acts of [Read More…]

Evolution’s Place? 3 (RJS)

Chapters 2-5 of Simon Conway Morris’s book Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe ramble through a description of the rather tight constraints required for the formation of life and the lack of current understanding as to how life appeared.There are many interesting ideas, but the general point or direction is a little obscure. [Read More…]

Atheist Delusions 8

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , puts the New Atheists — Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris — to the test in the theories that are at work to prop up their own theories. What about those inquisitions and burnings of witches? Hart brings his considerable expertise [Read More…]

SanFranciscoCare: Is this the best option?

SanFrancisco has a public health care plan that will surely come to play in the current health care debates and proposals. Here is a clip of the beginning of the Op-Ed piece in the NYTimes: TWO burning questions are at the center of America’s health care debate. First, should employers be required to pay for [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 15

The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 3 is the story of a healing, the people praising God, and Peter’s clarification of what God is doing. As we read the Book of Acts in search of missional theology, we are reading The Acts of [Read More…]

What is Consumerist Christianity?

Skye Jethani, at Leadership magazine and Out of Ur blog, has created a bit of a dust-up about “consumerist” Christianity with his new, very good book: The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity . His book does three cool things: he sketches consumerism and its impact on the church, he offsets consumerism by [Read More…]

Genesis One 11

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 11: “Functional cosmic temple” offers face-value exegesis. In John Walton’s view, his reading of Genesis 1 as as God’s setting up the world as his temple with [Read More…]