Weekly Meanderings

Danish Tigers… [Read more...]

First Day is Goldingay

I missed doing the 10th chp of John Goldingay’s Israel’s Gospel (OT Theology) in the month of January. I have to admit it: his chps are well-nigh endless and their lack of coherence a bit annoying to me. Still, Goldingay’s got stuff to say and I learn from him each time. [Read more...]

Jesus Creed

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. [Read more...]

Surprised by Hope 5

Before Tom Wright discusses the future for the individual he goes where the Bible goes: first the corporate and then the individual. In chp 5 of Surprised by Hope he examines two ideas that shape how even many Christians think of the future. He’s not afraid to say that these are not in fact Christian [Read More...]

Picking and Choosing

It is often said, fairly or not, that we all “pick and choose” when it comes to living out the Bible. In your opinion, what is the most obvious example of “picking and choosing”? (For instance, picking head coverings for women but not choosing the holy kiss!) [Read more...]

Friday is for Friends

The second section of Edith Humphrey, Ecstasy and Intimacy, is about Light. She chooses to root her reflections in the Transfiguration, a text/event rarely discussed. [Read more...]

Keys of the Kingdom 20

Matthew 12:26 is yet one more non-Jesus kingdom. “If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?” So we move to Matthew 12:28, one of the most popularly quoted statements of Jesus: 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be [Read More...]

Keys of the Kingdom 20

Matthew 12:26 is yet one more non-Jesus kingdom. “If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?” So we move to Matthew 12:28, one of the most popularly quoted statements of Jesus: 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be [Read More...]

White House God 4

The Reagan and Bush era is called in Balmer’s book, God in the White House, “Listing Right.” I’m not sure about the personal faith of either GHW Bush or Ronald Reagan, but it appears to me that both of them were willing to play the card Jimmy Carter played so well: [Read more...]

Now Brewing: Zoka

Out in the City of Rain (Seattle), our friend Eugene Cho at Q Cafe (and pastor at Quest Church), there is a coffee blend you just might want to try. It is called Zoka, 2008 Coffee Roaster of the Year. We are sampling Colonel Fitzroy’s Blend … just the grinding of it gave off an [Read More...]

Keys of the Kingdom 19

OK, now stepping up to the plate in the kingdom game is a notoriously disputed text. Here it is in context: 11 I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than [Read More...]

Surprised by Hope 4

Tom Wright’s Surprised by Hope is the closest thing to C.S Lewis’ Mere Christianity I have seen. Sure, it’s a different kind of book, but it has the same level of immediacy and insight. Chp 4 is called “the strange story of Easter.” Here are some highlights: [Read more...]

Surprised by Hope 4

Tom Wright’s Surprised by Hope is the closest thing to C.S Lewis’ Mere Christianity I have seen. Sure, it’s a different kind of book, but it has the same level of immediacy and insight. Chp 4 is called “the strange story of Easter.” Here are some highlights: [Read more...]

UCC Medfield

At the invitation of Pastor Phil Bauman, pastor of United Church of Christ Medfield MA, Kris and I spent last weekend on Cape Cod — and loved it! I’d like to start mentioning names, but just can’t. Too many to name. But to one and all — our blessings and gratitude. [Read more...]

JesusCreed.org Blog Prayer

From Bob Brague, posted last Saturday… [Read more...]

Keys of the Kingdom 18

Here are the words of Jesus from Matthew 10, our next reference to kingdom in the Gospels: 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, preach this [Read More...]

White House God 3

One of the most interesting elections I remember was the 1976 campaign that led to the election of “born again” candidate, Jimmy Carter. Randy Balmer, in his God in the White House, says this: “Abetted by the political chicanery of Richard Nixon and his minions, by the dark depravity of Watergate and the ignominy of [Read More...]


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