Half the Bears Offense Was Eliminated Today

No, not with Cedric Benson going down. The Bears lost half their offense when the Broncos made it clear that, had they not kicked to Devon Hester, they’d have won the game. Who will kick to him now? I’ll give the Bears at most 3 more wins this year. But, if others kick to Hester, [Read More...]

Prayer of the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and [Read More...]

Fasting Book Worth Reading

In my research for a book on fasting I read a shelf full of books and a stacks of journal articles, and without question the finest thing I read was by Kent Berghuis, called Christian Fasting: A Theological Approach. He gets the essence of fasting right, and he is one of the very few who [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

Birds of beauty: [Read more...]


Is this official e-mail lingo? How many times have you received a note, complete in itself, but somehow felt you should acknowledge the note or say “thanks”? Is there anything that tells those to whom we write that they don’t need to respond so we don’t have to go around and around? I suggest we [Read More...]

Possibly, a New Habit

For thirty years or so, on every day off, I have put on either sweat pants or shorts. It is Friday, Black Friday to be exact, and this morning I got up and said to myself, “I’m wondering what it would be like to wear jeans all day long.” So, I put on my new [Read More...]

Friday is for Friends

The question Telford Work poses in chp 3 of his book Ain’t Too Proud to Beg is the question of how Christians are to understand this prayer request: “May your kingdom come!” And his chp admirably sketches how Christians have related to the State. [Read more...]

Consuming Jesus 6

How then can we turn from a consumerist church to become a race-less and class-less church? This practical question drives chp 6 of Paul Metzger’s Consuming Jesus. There has been lots of theology and lots of abstraction so far, and in this chp he gets down closer to some brass tacks of reality. [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving

Not all the turkeys of this world have been pardoned … and we will be eating one that hasn’t been pardoned. [Read more...]

The Advent of Crucifixion 3

“Who are you, Lord, and what are you up to?” is the question Andrew Purves, in the 2d chp of his book The Crucifixion of Ministry, asks. The minister, to avoid thinking it is all dependent upon him or her and to avoid burnout and to find the grace of God at work, needs to [Read More...]

Consuming Jesus 5

How then do evangelical Christians begin to take steps to reorder the church so that it becomes less a consumeristic society and more of a race-less and class-less community around Jesus? This is the question he seeks to answer in chp 5 of Consuming Jesus. Here’s my question for you: [Read more...]

Our Ancient Evangelical Future

Nov 30 and Dec 1, at Northern Seminary here in the suburbs of Chicago, The Ancient Evangelical Future Conference and the Grow Center are hosting an event dedicated to the primacy of the biblical narrative. There will be some papers — promised to be both academic and pastorally practical — by Kevin Vanhoozer, yours truly, [Read More...]

The Advent of Crucifixion 2

Andrew Purves, in The Crucifixion of Ministry, contends there are two crucifixions in ministry: the first one about seven years in and the next one a long, steady dying to self and to Christ so that “our” ministry becomes “his” ministry. [Read more...]

San Diego and SBL and the Publishers

Attending the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego isn’t the worst of gigs, but it was surely no vacation. A brief rundown and then some thoughts on the books. [Read more...]

Preparing for Advent

My daily Bible study, which has been chugging along non-stop for a long, long time, will be on hold until Advent. I’ll do an Advent series this year and hope to prepare us all for the birth of Christ. [Read more...]

Consuming Jesus 4

How best to transform the evangelical church so it will gain sight to eliminate its blindness to such things as racism and classism and consumerism? Here Paul Metzger, in Consuming Jesus, reveals his evangelicalism. [Read more...]

Out of Print

A pastor who suddenly discovered 99% of the words in the Bible had mysteriously vanished, said this to his wife: “I don’t know what I’m going to do. What’s going to happen to our ministry? With no Bible to teach and preach, I’m headed for joblessness.” These are the words in John Frye’s new novel, [Read More...]