Now Brewing — Doubleshot 2

Doubleshot 2 coffee company, out of Tulsa [Oklahoma], has a splendid company. I’m brewing Ambergris Espresso Blend. Good stuff. [Read more...]

The Hermeneutics Quiz

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) I didn’t get home early enough to post our usual Friday is for Friends, so instead… [Read more...]

NPC — A Place for Conversation

I wasn’t invited to the National Pastors Convention in order to meet with old friends or even to meet new ones. Nope, Zondervan asked me to speak and I was involved in not a little speaking … Monday evening and Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon. Some thoughts … [Read more...]

Keys of the Kingdom 40

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”. [Read more...]

NPC — A Place for Friends

I’ve been at the National Pastor’s Convention in San Diego — wow, beautiful weather — and one thing that makes the whole event vibrate for me is seeing old friends and meeting new ones. [Read more...]

Stump the Professor

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Here’s the offer. I will send a copy of Donald McKim, Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, to the first person who can stump the professor. At what? Here’s the deal: [Read more...]

Keys of the Kingdom 39

Our 50th kingdom text is found in Matthew 20:1: 1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 “About the third [Read More...]

A package from God

No kidding. On Valentine’s Day I got a package from a publisher, which evidently uses some kind of automated lettering system, and it just so happens that the letters showed up as “G-O-D.” Check it out by clicking on the image to get a biggrer size: [Read more...]

Doctrine — How do we do it?

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Anthony Thiselton’s new book, Hermeneutics of Doctrine, written for experts, continues a list of seminal, profound, penetrating, if not esoteric at times, writings on hermeneutics. In this book, Thiselton applies his mastery of hermeneutics to doctrine. [Read more...]

Don Everts 2

This is the second of Chris Ridgeway’s reviews of Don Everts’ new series from IVP. [Read more...]

Keys of the Kingdom 38

Matthew 19:10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.” 11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made [Read More...]

Go Pretz!

Congratulations to the women’s basketball team at Freeport IL for winning the supersectional to qualify for State. Our niece, Katie Norman, made the winning basket and at the link her picture can be seen. (Yes, the Freeport high school nickname is the “Pretzels”. Can you beat that for a name?) [Read more...]

Don Everts 1

One of our seminary students has become a friend, Chris Ridgeway. I gave him a new four-set series from IVP by Don Everts and he’s reviewing them for us. [Read more...]

B3 4U

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) OK, I don’t normally get so corny for the titles of posts, but “B3″ is how I often refer in my notes to Ben Witherington. B3 writes commentaries 4U. Ben is a commentary machine and I want to bring to your attention three more … and [Read More...]

Keys of the Kingdom 37

A parable describing kingdom: Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy‑seven times. 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to [Read More...]

Mapping the Church Today

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Last week we posted Michael Patton’s “map.” His was an attempt to create a map that revealed where specific emergent folks were to be placed theologically with respect to orthodoxy. Michael’s post generated an enormous response so I thought it would be good for me to [Read More...]

Friends and Faith

Kris and I were in Fort Myers and Naples FL this weekend. We flew down early Friday and spent the day and next morning with our good friends, Jim and Bonnie Panther. The last time we visited them Jim and I played golf (I still remember my shots that day), but our time was more [Read More...]