Darwin and the Bible (RJS)

Science and faith – Darwin and the Bible; these topics have excited a great deal of interest in our culture of late – and the spate of books on the topic shows little sign of abating. Several resources have appeared to facilitate discussion in college classrooms.  These books try to look at the issues  objectively [Read More…]

Our Collective Faith 11

The two most common heretical slurs tossed around today are “Pelagianism” (or is little friend, semi-Pelagian, which is more slur than substance) and Gnosticism (or neo-Gnosticism). The most formidable early threat to orthodox Christian faith was Genosticism, and the 10th chp of  Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe is [Read More…]

Didn’t Jesus Say ….

“love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven”? “And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?” I don’t know the ins and outs of political protocol, but I wonder if a handshake and a smile might lead [Read More…]

Young Life

Last Saturday I got up early and drove down to Naperville to speak at a Young Life event. I had prepared myself for a variety of talks since I wasn’t quite sure how Young Life leaders would respond to a 9am session. After listening to the leaders (Bob Davidson and Gail Ebersole)… I adapted a [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 37

For James, who once again sounds like his older brother, kow-towing to the rich is not what they learned from Jesus, it is not theologically sound, and furthermore it simply doesn’t make sense. 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in [Read More…]

Pastors and Vacations: by PW

By PW: It’s that time of year when we as a family usually realize we haven’t made a plan for vacation yet this year! Sometimes we make vacation plans at the last minute due to the lack of discretionary funds, but other times it seems that we just get sucked into the busy-ness of ministry [Read More…]

The New Perspective and Resurrection

I get asked this about once a week, often in an e-mail: “What is the New Perspective on Paul?” Let me answer that question with three brief lines, but first I provide what inspired me to think through the NPP so I could get it to three lines. I was in Lubbock TX and heard [Read More…]

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A Reflection on the Good Samaritan

When the priest and Levite saw the body on the ground, they chose to pass him by. When the Samaritan saw the body, he took the pains to help the man. If your goal is being right, you can wash your hands of a person; if your goal is love, you can’t. Luke 10:30 In reply [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week: Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [Read More…]

How Busy of a Parent are you?

Check this out. Now our questions: What have you learned that balances your busy schedule with kids? What are the mistakes to avoid? What are the best things about the flourish of activities when the kids are on the go all the time? I have to confess: we were very busy with our kids, but [Read More…]

Viva la Caffe Vita!

Tim Soerens, a missional follower of Christ in Seattle, stopped by recently and we shared lunch. To my delight, he gave me a batch of Caffe Vita coffee, an exquisite coffee from Seattle. We’re drinking Organic Peru Chaupe, and this stuff is very, very good. Smooth, creamy, and makes me want to drink a second [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Chicago’s own! Does NYC have this? Does LA? Chicago does! (HT: PK-C) Blog by one of our students. Worth your reading. A story about another of our students. A very good reminder: know before you tweet. Tweet humor with Tamara.On resurrection: check out this set of reflections by Andrew Perriman.Should Christians participate in Passover seders?1/3d [Read More…]

Who makes the best …

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Pastor’s Bookshelf: Acts of the Apostles

There was a time, and not that long ago, that more than one good commentary on Acts was hard to find. There were some old ones, and FF Bruce’s two (very different) commentaries were consulted, but it ended there. But not now. There are some golden gems. I begin with FF Bruce because he was [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 36

We finish off the sketch of how the messianic community was kow-towing to the rich and despising the shabbily-dressed. In this letter, the rich are the oppressors and the poor are the oppressed. As we will see next week, the messianists are poor and they need to learn a lesson from looking round about them [Read More…]

Youth Ministry and Mentoring: Chris Folmsbee

We want more attention to be given to youth ministry, and so Chris Folmsbee joins us weekly to offer a post. Today’s post is about mentoring. We welcome, as always, your feedback and conversation. This post today deserves responses from pastors and youth workers. Sometimes I wonder how I ever even made it as a [Read More…]