A Prayer

O God, the source of eternal light:  Shed forth your unending day upon all of us who watch for you,  that our lips may praise you,  our lives may bless you,  and our worship may give you glory;  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. † [Read more…]

What do you think it was?

Let’s have some fun. If that fireball was not satellite debris, what was it? I’ve got a few ideas, but how about you? [Read more…]

The Gospel Series

I want to thanks some very kind folks who collated the Gospel series we did and here is the whole thing. The Gospel by Scot McKnight 1 We begin a new biblical study on the word “gospel” today.  We will start with some references in the Psalms and then tomorrow in Isaiah before we turn [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 1

We begin our series on James today and I suspect it will take us some time. As with previous Bible studies, we’ll do these Monday – Thursday. Our focus will be on how the brother of Jesus, James, offered wisdom to his day and offers wisdom for our day, too. James, we will observe over [Read More…]

Who are the NeoReformed?

I have been using the term “NeoReformed” now for a year or two and a few of my friends have asked me what I mean and why I don’t just calls such folks “Reformed”. This post will sketch who they are and why I call them “Neo” Reformed. I begin with a confession: I’m not [Read More…]

A Lenten Tool

The major turns in the Church calendar can discourage even the most creative of pastors and leaders and lay folks — how many times can you talk about Advent or Lent and not return to the same (ol’) themes? Well, there’s a reason we return to the same (ol’) themes — because they are important.  [Read More…]

Amazing Grace

Listen to this version of Amazing Grace. [Read more…]

Tennis Scandal

Very sad. If this were an Arab or an African, there would be an outcry. The United Arab Emirates has refused to grant a visa to a female Israeli tennis player, preventing her from competing in the Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour in Dubai, the WTA said in a statement Sunday. Shahar Peer would [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who [Read More…]

Blago and Burris

Oh, oh … a confession: U.S. Sen. Roland Burris who repeatedly denied anyone tied to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich solicited him for cash in exchange for his seat, now acknowledges Blagojevich’s brother asked him three times to help with fundraising. In an affidavit Burris quietly filed nine days ago with the head of the [Read More…]

Faith and Culture 7

I’ve been asked and given permission to publish this week a series of chapters from the new A Faith and Culture Devotional: Daily Readings on Art, Science, and Life . Contemporary Culture: Sex, Intimacy, and Worship By Bruce Herman, a painter and Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., whose [Read More…]

Valentine’s Day and the Song of Songs

The Song of Solomon is a love song between lovers and for lovers. Perhaps it was a play or designed to be dramatically played before others. Perhaps it was designed for the king’s courtiers as entertainment. Perhaps it is a record of poems between two lovers. However we explain its original context, its rhetoric and [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Here in Chicago we have had some unseasonably warm weather. Makes me think baseball is … hey, it is. Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training today! We are saddened to hear the news that Harold Hoehner has passed away. A wonderful man I always enjoyed seeing at annual academic meetings. Tyler Braun ponders what [Read More…]

Kindle 2

We’ve had a few conversations about this, but I’m wondering once again if (about to release) Kindle 2: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation) , is the wave of the future? Do you think we will all be going to this? One major issue for me still is “accessibility” — what books are available [Read More…]

Faith and Culture 6

I’ve been asked and given permission to publish this week a series of chapters from the new A Faith and Culture Devotional: Daily Readings on Art, Science, and Life . Art: Picasso: Art as Entertainment By Kelly Monroe Kullberg and Lael Arrington One of the most recognized painters in twentieth-century art, Pablo Picasso (1881 – [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends

David Naugle’s new book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, is a delightful series of reflections on a Christian understanding of happiness. I like his theme of balance and I wonder if some want to converse about the struggle to find the balance or to live happily with the imbalance. Here’s [Read More…]

Pastors or Personalities?

I posted this in my monthly post at Out of Ur blog. I think I was in college when I first saw that title of a magazine that brazenly called itself SELF and it was so bold it could have been called SELF!  Nurtured in a theology that drew its juices from the Bible and [Read More…]