The African Origins of our Faith 2

Thomas Oden, in his enthusiasm for the unity of the faith in Africa — both North and sub Saharan, got me to thinking the other day about what color Augustine was. We can’t be sure, but the ethnic judgments made about Augustine are often shaped by bias. Was he Berber? Probably. So, since Oden’s quest [Read More...]

Preparing for Pentecost 25

The best blog post I have ever read was by Dawn Husnick. I link to it here because the 25th chp of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed tells her story all over again. Please read the story. If this isn’t what the Jesus Creed is about, I don’t know what is. [Read more...]

Spiritual Birthline

One of our regular commenters, Bob Smallman, was a classmate of mine when we were seminary students and this blog reunited us. Bob has a brother who pastored for 40 years and is now teaching students about evangelism. Stephen Smallman has a book I like. It is called Spiritual Birthline. Maybe I can put it [Read More...]

The African Origins of our Faith 1

A case can be made, and in fact has been made, that the Christian faith most Christians profess today — its creedal affirmations — comes from Africa. From one of two major locations in Africa: Alexandria (Egypt) and Carthage (the Maghreb). Thomas Oden, in his new book, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind, argues this [Read More...]

Preparing for Pentecost 24

As we look forward to Pentecost, to the Day when God’s Spirit filled that little bundle of followers of Jesus with the Spirit and gave them the “power to”, we are led to see that at the core of that community is a virtue, the virtue of loving the other as oneself. So, in chp [Read More...]

Why Work? 4

The major contention of Darrell Cosden is that what we do — our work — is being redeemed and will be finally redeemed (saved) and will figure into Eternity, the Eternal City, the new heavens and the new earth. So, the 3d chp of The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work is his attempt to justify [Read More...]

On Reading Fiction 5

Dan de Roulet now finishes up with an insightful interpretation of this story, and I have to say … wow, I didn’t see most of this at work; if I did, it was so inchoate I needed to see it like this to notice it. So, thanks Dan. Here’s Dan’s post: Last time I asked [Read More...]

Preparing for Pentecost 23

Paul didn’t quote the Jesus Creed just once; I believe that he not only recited it along with Shema daily but also taught it as a foundational principle for Christian living. So, in chp 23 of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed I look at another instance of Paul quoting Jesus Creed — the second [Read More...]

Finally Feminist

I’ve done my best to avoid bringing back my class, “Women, Mary and Jesus,” onto this blog but I’ve read a book recently — and we discussed it in class — that I think you should know about: John Stackhouse, Finally Feminist. There are a few very big ideas at work in this book that [Read More...]

On Reading Fiction 4

As many of you know, we’re doing a series with Dan de Roulet, an English professor, about reading fiction and we’re using “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor to get to some of the issues in reading fiction. So, here’s Dan response to my last post: [Read more...]

Preparing for Pentecost 22

I sometimes am told that the Jesus Creed is simple, or soft-headed and mushy, or light. I know whereof such persons speak because I once thought that way. But, the more I study the New Testament and the more I examine my own life and how to live, the more convinced I am that the [Read More...]

Fear about Fear

A reader writes me this set of questions and I’ve cobbled together two exchanges with him about this issue… but the words are his: [Read more...]

Why Work? 3

The fundamental problem in discerning how we look at “work” is dualism — the one that contends what really matters is the spiritual while the material is not as important. Darrell Cosden, in The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work, turns in chp 2 to evangelicalism’s view of work — and it all leads him to [Read More...]

Preparing for Pentecost 21

We are looking forward to Pentecost in this series, and to do that we are blogging through 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed as a form of preparation. Today I want to suggest four principles of a person who practices Pentecost and we find these in Matthew 7:1-12. [Read more...]

Spring Birding

We’ve seen some old (bird) friends, some new ones … we’ve seen lots of birds this Spring: [Read more...]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

44 years ago in Chicago, the Beatles: [Read more...]