A Surprising Delight (with an offer of a prize)

I had a riot reading Ammon Shea’s Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages . There are two parts to this book — there is the personal story of the experience of reading 8-10 hours a day, holed up in a library in NYC, consuming large quantities of espresso — he says a [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 4

This is the most important “mission” text in the history of the Church: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues [Read More…]

Twitter impact

Twitter was down this morning for quite awhile. (I just saw this on the news.) Did it impact you at all? Has Twitter become part of your job or your connections so that it an outage like this disrupts you? Are you increasingly relying on Twitter for anything? Etc. Thoughts? [Read more…]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 10 (RJS)

We finish off this series on Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology with a brief look at his conclusions, tying his major themes together. First a reiteration of what a robust natural theology is not (according to McGrath at least): According to McGrath the interplay between science [Read More…]

Atheist Delusions 2

Strident critics of “religion” today would like us to imagine a society without religion and to begin constructing a society without religion.  David Bentley Hart, in chapter one of his new book, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , takes on “The gospel of unbelief” and puts to the test the underlying [Read More…]

Leaf by Niggle: Tolkien on Work

I recently published an essay inspired by JRR Tolkien’s marvelous short story called “Leaf by Niggle.” I hope you can read it … and you can comment here. [Read more…]

Clunker: Do I have one?

How do you know if your car counts as a clunker? [Read more…]

Acts and Mission 3

The word “apostle,” by and large, isn’t all that important to low church evangelicals. It is far more important to the liturgical and creedal traditions, and it was very important to the earliest Christians. So important that Judas’ falling out meant someone had to occupy his seat at the apostolic table. That is what we [Read More…]

Genesis One 2

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. What does it mean when we say “create”? John Walton argues that the standard view today is a “material ontology.” For us, to “create” means to bring something [Read More…]

Churches and Politics (by PW)

I’ve seen a phenomenon in the church. I think it happens often enough to just about anyone in the church, not just pastor’s spouses. What happens to our unity in Christ when politics are inserted into the relationship? Scenario 1: Two people who know each other in church are quite good friends in their “church [Read More…]

Do you haggle?

From Time.com…. Think you should haggle only when buying a car or shopping in the streets of Morocco? In this recession, if you’re not bargaining for everything everywhere, you’re needlessly draining your wallet. According to the consulting firm America’s Research Group, in October, 56% of consumers said they had recently tried to negotiate at retail [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 2

That opening sketch in Acts (1:1-11) is wide-ranging and cosmic in its theology. We return to earth with the next scene: the earliest followers of Jesus are gathered for prayer (1:12-14): Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, [Read More…]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 9 (RJS)

Chapter 15 of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology is entitled “An Emergent Creation and Natural Theology.” This chapter presents some rather interesting ideas. First McGrath returns to Augustine – not to his cosmology or science, but to his view of God’s creative power.  According to Augustine [Read More…]

Atheist Delusions 1

The worst society I can imagine is one where Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris get to determine what is good and what is bad and where they get to determine who is good and who is bad. They are, you know, Christianity’s fiercest (and sometimes uninformed) critics and, once we let them rip [Read More…]

Universities Turn to Kindle? (RJS)

A NY Times Blog Green Inc. reported last week that six universities will test a Kindle text book plan this fall.  The development was also reported in the Wall Street Journal last May: Amazon to Launch Kindle for Textbooks. From the WSJ article: Beginning this fall, some students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 1

We begin our series today on the book of Acts, a march right through this book from 1:1 to 28:31, and I anticipate it will take us months. As we march through this book, our emphasis will be on the theme of mission and what we can learn about missional theology in the Acts of [Read More…]

Genesis One 1

We at the Jesus Creed blog, both Scot and RJS, have already invited one and all to enter into 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. Today is our first day. We anticipate 18 posts, one for each [Read More…]