Weekly Meanderings

It’s not Chicago, but it is the Great Midwest… [Read more...]

Friday is for Friends

It’s easier to talk about depression and acedia than it is to live with either; and it’s a whole lot easier to talk about both than to free oneself from either. At the heart of dealing with acedia is to know it and to name it and to admit it. Kathleen Norris’s Acedia & Me: [Read More...]

Original Sin Returns 2 (RJS)

The scenario sketched in our previous post leads to a deep question for Christians. How should we understand the Fall and Original Sin? Is the Adamic fall history or myth – albeit myth conveying theological truth? Is Adam everyman or was the Fall a unique and personal event? If the fall was an historical event [Read More...]

Evolution and Fundamentalism

Pastor (Park Street Church Boston) Daniel Harrell’s new book, Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Living Theology), is the book we need. Here is someone who can translate science into theology and theology into science, and do so in engaging, fun, and clear prose. [Read more...]

Original Sin Returns 1 (RJS)

We had a good series of Friday posts on Alan Jacobs’ excellent book “Original Sin.” The essays in his book are outstanding and explore many facets of Original Sin in history and in contemporary thought. But Jacobs is an English Professor, not a theologian or a scientist. His book raised as many questions as it [Read More...]

Gospel 20

If Acts 11 records the gospel preaching of Peter, Acts 13 records the gospel preaching of Paul. So here’s the long text: [Read more...]

A Big Change at Jesus Creed

For about six months we have been in communication with a large website that has expressed an interest in hosting the Jesus Creed conversation. At first I had no interest, but I want to lay out for you today why we have made the decision to shift the site over to Beliefnet.com. [Read more...]

Loosening the Grip 5

The following post is very important for this series. This is our fifth post in the series on Race: A Theological Account. This post is by my colleague and good friend, Boaz Johnson. He covers chp 2 and shows that at the heart of intertwining race and theology is the work of Immanuel Kant. What [Read More...]

Gospel 19

Acts 10 is one of the most important gospel texts in the New Testament. That text is followed by Acts 11:20 where, after rehearing the Acts 10 episode with Cornelius, Peter says: [Read more...]

Abortion and The Blue Parakeet: A Response

Yesterday I posted a letter that drew a good response, so today I’m posting my own response to “Passionate.” [Read more...]

Sandbagging Applications?

I read this piece about parents (!) sandbagging the applications of others [other kids who apply to schools] in our local paper this week. Have you heard of this? And what do you think? [Read more...]

Gospel 18

Part two of Acts 10:34-48: [Read more...]

Abortion and The Blue Parakeet

In my new book, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, one of the major points is that the Church has learned to read the Bible by discernment instead of treating everything as law. I got a letter recently about abortion, and I’d like to sketch — inadequately — the basics of how [Read More...]

Loosening the Grip 4

In this fourth post in our series on J. Kameron Carter’s Race: A Theological Account, Vince Bacote — professor at Wheaton College — weighs in. [Read more...]

Gospel 17

Our next text in our survey of “gospel” texts is a long one, but it needs to be read in its entirety. So here is Acts 10:34-48: [Read more...]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

Here’s what’s coming … [Read more...]