Acts and Mission 9

What happens when Pentecost happens? Let us take Pentecost as a paradigm of what happens when the Spirit comes down, when God’s Spirit sways God’s People to be and do as they are supposed to, and I can’t see that assumption is anything but reasonable. What happens? Acts 2:42-27 tells us. They devoted themselves to [Read More…]

Obamacare: The Problems

Let’s do what not all of the Town Hall meetings are not accomplishing. Let’s discuss with civility Obamacare, by which I mean President Obama’s very serious proposals for health care reform, and let’s discuss today this question: What are the problems Obamacare is addressing? How serious are they? How big are they? After the jump [Read More…]

Genesis One 7

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Each chp in Walton’s book is a “proposition” and today we look at Proposition 7: divine rest is in a temple. Question: What do you think of Walton’s [Read More…]

What Every American Needs to Read

President Obama’s Op-Ed piece on his heath care reforms. Here’s an excerpt: There are four main ways the reform we’re proposing will provide more stability and security to every American. First, if you don’t have health insurance, you will have a choice of high-quality, affordable coverage for yourself and your family — coverage that will [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, [Read More…]

Your Best Deal Ever?

Just saw this… What’s the best crazy deal you’ve ever found? (You can read the rest of the article at the link, which generates another story: Ever seen that much integrity?) ROME — You had to be quick, but what a deal. A four-star hotel near Venice mistakenly offered the ultimate low-cost vacation — a [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Steve McCoy, pastor at Doxa Fellowship, is also a great photographer — and this one of summer lightning is amazing: This NYTimes article, which I missed when it came out, really helped me understand the pragmatics of Obamacare. (HT: K) LaVonne Neff’s letter to Congress. Jarrod McKenna, one of the Bonhoeffer Four in Australia. Brian [Read More…]

An American Civil Conversation

Beginning Monday we will begin a series on President Barack Obama’s health care proposals (Obamacare). We want to exhibit to the American public that a civil conversation can happen, that it can happen over serious issues, and that it can happen when folks disagree with one another. Please join us — Monday. What are the [Read More…]

Genesis One 6

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 6: Days 4 to 6 install functionaries. “… in most cases the functionaries simply carry out their own functions in the spheres delineated in the first three [Read More…]

What do teachers make?

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education.   He argued, ‘What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?’ He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: [Read More…]

Compline Prayer

Sleep, O sleep in the calm of each calm. Sleep, O sleep in the guidance of all guidance. Sleep, O sleep in the love of all loves. Sleep, O beloved, in the Lord of life. Sleep, O beloved, in the God of life. The peace of all peace be mine this night + in the [Read More…]

Julia and Julia Anyone?

We’re wondering who has seen the new Meryl Streep movie, Julia and Julia? Any recommendations, etc? What did you think? Come to think of it, I think the last movie we saw was with Meryl Streep in Mama Mia! [Read more…]

Gift Book of the Year (so far)

Wow, the lavishly illustrated The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends has occupied too much of my time. I couldn’t put the thing down. What this book is a sumptuous, color collection of pictures of the Oxford worlds in which Lewis, Tolkien and friends lived. Even a picture [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 8

Peter’s sermon moves from Jesus’ miracles to Jesus’ death to Jesus’ resurrection. This is where many of us stop — in fact, many of us stop with the death and don’t include God’s raising Jesus in our gospeling. But for Peter there’s even more: there’s the ascending vindication of Jesus before the Father, from which [Read More…]

Evolution’s Place? 1 (RJS)

What place can evolution have in a world created by a personal God? The Darwinian paradigm of random mutation and natural selection seems to suggest that the development of life in the universe and sentient beings on our planet is a process dependent upon highly contingent improbable events.  We are a product of blind cosmic [Read More…]