Civility 2

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) What is the “true remedy”, an expression from founder James Madison, for the relationship of religion and the state? Os Guinness, in The Case for Civility, explores this question — and it derives from an idea he expressed in chp 1: what divides us is deeper [Read More...]


I got to clean off my desk. The Blue Parakeet lasted a long time and my desk kept getting messier and messier. Here are some pre- and post- pictures… [Read more...]

Don Everts 3

This series on Don Everts is by Chris Ridgeway, a friend and seminary student. His review is more of a critical interaction with the book. Everts, Don. The Dirty Beggar Living in My Head: One Guy’s Musings About Evil & Hell. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007. In Don Evert’s head, ideas walk around like [Read More...]

Keys of the Kingdom 46

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Matt 25:1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

Hello from Aruba … you can find us under a tiki hut reading. I’ve got a bundle of things to read for a piece on “happiness.” And how appropriate; we’re at a place called “The Happy Island.” Our housesitters are looking after Webster. [Read more...]

Friday is for Friends

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Our Friday series is special: not only are we gathered together as blog friends, but the author of our book, Stories with Intent, is a personal friend. Klyne Snodgrass is one of the highlights at North Park and I’m privileged to know him and to have [Read More...]

Wrigley … forever?

There’s lots of storm brewing in ChicagoLand about the Cubs announcing they could be remodeling Wrigley Field. Here’s a good site fighting off the move. [Read more...]

Always Reforming?

When I began working on The Blue Parakeet, I had in mind a book that would show the extremes in evangelicalism on four or five topics and show how a third way, the way of moderation, is both more accurate and more peaceable. Well, that intent didn’t happen because there was too much to be [Read More...]

Keys of the Kingdom 45

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.. [Read more...]

The Language of God 1

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) This series is from RJS and she is an expert in this topic and way beyond what I could do. I’m honored to have her leading this discussion. Almost two years ago now Francis S. Collins, Head of the Human Genome Project at the National Institutes [Read More...]

East, West and the Grand Rajah

One of my best friends and a colleague is Rajkumar Boaz Johnson. I call him the “Rajah” which means “king”, “Raj” means “prince” and “Kumar” means “son.” Boaz is from India and we talk almost every day about our academic work, our school, our department, our families and much about life in general. (He teaches [Read More...]

Keys of the Kingdom 44

Matthew 23: 13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.. [Read more...]

Civility 1

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Some of my finest moments of exhilaration in study have emerged out of visions for what public discourse has been and could be. But we are presently mired, largely in the wake of America’s culture wars, in bombastic and apocalyptic ruts. We have Bill O’Reilly and [Read More...]

And the cover for the Blue Parakeet is…

Many of you will remember the fun we had when we posted the three possible covers for our book with Zondervan called “The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking how you read the Bible.” Well, here’s a link to a Zondervan page where the cover is shown. This is a picture from the first time I told the [Read More...]

Keys of the Kingdom 43

We now look at another kingdom text, this from Matthew 22:1ff: 1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to [Read More...]

The (Orthodox) Faith

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) We need a new book on the basics of the orthodox faith; a readable study that anyone can read. I’ve read a few such books in my life, but the challenge of doing so is a little more difficult than most know. Beside having so much [Read More...]