Behind the Scenes (by PW)

In the HBO series “John Adams,” Adams calls Abigail, his wife, My Friend. He says she was his number one ballast; she was his advisor; and friend. What one word best describes your relationship to your ministry spouse? What one word would your ministry spouse use to describe your relationship? Scot McKnight’s response: when it [Read More…]

The Least of These

These words are in red in most of our Bibles because they are from Jesus: 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe [Read More…]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 3

This is the third in our brief (and much more needs to be said about all kinds of terms and verses — like “prophetic” vs. “apocalyptic”) sketch of a partial preterist view of Mark 13. This view, I’d like folks to know, is not new — it is in fact old. Modern scholars who argue [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 15

We can’t analyze these three verses in James 1 all at once, but I want to provide the text today and offer a couple of comments: 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by [Read More…]

The Right to Bear Arms

We saw a bumper sticker the other day that, however much of a sound byte approach to a profound issue, said: “Guns cause murder the way gnats cause garbage.” OK, that’s clever. But we can read on most any web magazine today about the man who murdered a pastor in a church near St Louis [Read More…]

Lenten Confession

Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. The Celebrant continues We have [Read More…]

iGens 15

We finish today the book by Jean Twenge, a book that provides powerful statistics about generation trends. Her book is called  Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before). What do you think of this book? Which generational trends do you think are most significant today? I [Read More…]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 2

Part two in our series on the eschatology of Jesus. A word about this so-called “third” quest for the historical Jesus. In the wake of WWII Christian scholars awoke to the view that their understandings of Judaism were skewed and those understandings distorted our understandings of ancient Judaism and both Jesus and Paul. So, scholars [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 14

There is reciprocity between God’s blessing and human living. Notice these words in James 1:12: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” The reciprocity here is a reward for perseverance, which [Read More…]

Romans 8: Creation Groans (RJS)

We have spent several posts looking at Gen 1-3 and at Paul’s understanding of Genesis and its role in his atonement theology in Romans 5. In the course of this discussion several different people have brought up Romans 8, especially verses 19-22 as another important passage to inform our thinking. Certainly Romans 8 provides another [Read More…]

Stem Cell Research: What do you think?

The news media are all reporting a significant shift from Bush to Obama on stem cell research. How do you think about this issue? What studies do you consider important on this one? Do you think there is too much of a “slippery slope” here or do you think there is too much of a [Read More…]

iGens 14

What about women? Do the iGens show higher levels of equality and integration? Jean Twenge studies this in her 7th chp (Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before). What are the biggest differences today for women that were not available, say, 20 years ago or more? [Read More…]

Salutations and Signatures (by PW)

One of the things that my international coworkers insist on is a signature in any of their correspondence. They are from all over the world: England, Canada, Australia, Japan, India, and Germany. We Americans have lost the civil art or the social pleasantries of salutations and signatures. I wonder how important people feel this is [Read More…]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 1

This is a 5-part series we will post this entire week at about this time. It will unpack a “partial preterist” view of Jesus’ eschatology. Oddly enough, I was interviewed last week by CBS TV in Chicago about 2012. Evidently, some folks are getting riled up about the imminent return of Christ. (I think the [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 13

Once again James gets a look-alike award for what he has to say in James 1:12. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. Jesus was big on trials and often exhorted [Read More…]

Enough

What are the causes of our economic crisis? Deregulation of financial institutions? Subprime mortgages? Housing bubble? Fraud? Adam Hamilton, in his little wise book called Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity , gets this right. And it takes a pastor-theologian to get to the bottom of the problem. Five words: gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, [Read More…]

iGens 13

What about equality? Do the iGens show higher levels of equality and integration? Jean Twenge studies this in her 7th chp (Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before). Her studies involved minorities, women, and gays and lesbians. Have both attitudes and actions shifted? Yes. In four [Read More…]


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