Acts and Mission 24

Missional communities are apostolically-shaped communities where the wonders of God are seen but where the wonders of God sometimes provoke persecution of the people of God. But persecution provokes courage on the part of the missional community. Read Acts 5:27-32: Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by [Read More…]

Genesis One 17

This is my last post on Walton’s book, but RJS will have one tomorrow … We come today to the end of John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, and he finishes off this book with a conclusion that is worthy of serious [Read More…]

Deep Church as Third Way 2

According to Jim Belcher, a pastor-theologian, there is Third Way with, between and beyond the traditional and the emergent. He sketches such a Third Way in his new book, Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional . One thing he has to do is define “emerging.” No small task. But he observes that [Read More…]

Health Care Speech: Your Thoughts?

President Obama’s speech has a singular goal: to convince the public.  The Democrats in Washington DC are already convinced, but the American public right now is unconvinced. The Senators learned that when they went home. They don’t want that to happen again because they have to answer to the people in a State. A sizable [Read More…]

Tokens Show in Nashville

Many of you know about Tokens: “TOKENS features Nashville’s finest musicians and songwriters, provocative interviews with best-selling authors, and cultural and political satire dished up by the Tokens Radio Players. TOKENS is like listening to your favorite old-time public radio show on Saturday night, with theological engagement and cultural critique.” Well, I’ve been invited to [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 23

Missional communities are apostolically-shaped communities where the wonders of God are seen but where the wonders of God sometimes provoke persecution of the people of God. Here is Acts 5:17-26: Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and [Read More…]

Basic Economics at the Jesus Creed: Michael Kruse

Michael Kruse, who blogs at the Kruse Kronicle, is one of our most faithful conversation partners on the Jesus Creed blog. He has over and over instructed us about economics and so we asked him to do a series for us on basic economics. I’m looking forward to this series. This is the first in [Read More…]

Worthy of Imitation 2

“Every time we come closer to God, our desire for him is amplified; in the very fulfillment of the desire, there is planted a deeper yearning to experience more of the beloved.” One of the saints I have read very little of, but who is now on my reading list, is Gregory the Great, the [Read More…]

A President in the Classroom

The much-disputed speech of President Obama is now a matter of record. I have posted what is found on the White House site. Now what are your thoughts? I’m wondering what folks are hearing from those who were most concerned? [Read more…]

Snow Leopard (cheers!) and Safari 4 (boo!)

Apple announced Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard ; it’s awesome. We got the family pack and it works great. But, everyone has been yapping about how good Safari 4 is (see cool picture of one of its cool visual screens), so I moved everything over to Safari 4 and have to say this: [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 22

Missional communities are apostolically-shaped communities where the wonders of God are seen. As is made clear time and again in Beverly Gaventa’s The Acts of the Apostles (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries), the Book of Acts describes the mission of God in this world in order to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. Wonders [Read More…]

Genesis One 16 (RJS)

Scot has handled most of the discussion on John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, but I am going to jump in with a post on his next two propositions (16 and 17). The first ten or eleven propositions in this book lay [Read More…]

Deep Church as Third Way 1

Jim Belcher shares this with thousands of young Christians: “He lived it.” That is, he lived into dissatisfaction with traditional evangelicalism, experienced the allure of the emergent movement, but came away sensing that there is a Third Way with, between and beyond the traditional and the emergent. He has now published Deep Church: A Third [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 21

Missional communities are not perfect, idealized, romanticized communities. They are apostolically-shaped but still sin-influenced. They are called to join Peter on their knees.  As is made clear time and again in Beverly Gaventa’s The Acts of the Apostles (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries),  the Book of Acts describes the mission of God in which the Church participates. [Read More…]

Worthy of Imitation 1

Protestants are nervous about the famous saints of the church, and they are nervous for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that veneration of saints by some in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions exceeds what is to be said of humans and diminishes (by default) what is said of Christ. But, [Read More…]

Translation Tribalism 2

Translations are now officially and unofficially connected to tribes, and it is not a little bit humorous and also at times quite sad.  Sometimes it sounds like culture wars, and that is sad. Today I want to make one point, draw a sweeping conclusion, and then offer a good illustration. Here’s my point: the authority [Read More…]

Whatever happened to Liturgy?

In this brief Sunday afternoon post I’m using the word “liturgy” for the planned and calendar-based order in a Sunday worship service for Christians. Something happened, and we have to wonder if it is good for us. The complete obliteration of the traditional liturgy for Sunday services was not something the Reformers did — Luther had [Read More…]