Manifold Witness 4

John Franke, in his new and exciting book Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth (Living Theology) is mapping the plural nature of truth in the Christian faith. His concern in chp 4 is how the diversity of the past and the present impact the church today — the local church — your local church. He [Read More…]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: 1-3 John

Those who preach books of the Bible eventually find their way to 1 John; those who preach a lectionary always find their way to 1 John, and there are some fantastic commentaries on the Epistles of John, beginning with: Surely the most complete, if not also at times speculative, commentary is that of Raymond E. [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 47

What holds Acts 12 together is as much Herod as it is the mission of God — in fact, the chp is about God’s mission in spite of Herod Agrippa I. Herod’s a creep, a brutal despot who puts people to death for gospeling and then puts people to death even when God liberates people [Read More…]

Economics at the Jesus Creed: Michael Kruse 7

Today’s post promises to be “profitic.” We are exploring the concept of profit. What is profit?  What is its role in business and the economy?   Unlike most economies of the past, most of us earn income by engaging in a narrow range of work that contributes to the production of goods and services. We use our [Read More…]

God Hides in Plain Sight 9

This is our last post on Dean Nelson’s book, God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World , and it’s been a good book. One I expected to scan and then put away, but one that drew me in with its prose and its utter seriousness punctuated by LOL [Read More…]

Wisdom and Preaching Wisdom

This weekend I attended a conference at Lipscomb University on Reclaiming the Imagination and the focus was on Wisdom, wisdom literature in the Bible, and preaching. It was the best conference I’ve attended ever. I don’t know exactly why, but maybe because: 1. It was fun. 2. It was with some top level thinkers, pastors, [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 46

The story in Acts moves from the martyrdom of James, brother of John (sons of Zebedee), back to Peter, whose own agency in the mission of God shapes the first half of the Book of Acts. Peter, along with James, is persecuted by Herod Agrippa I, but the story of Peter turns out so differently [Read More…]

Are Women Human? 2 (RJS)

Last Thursday (see here) I started a short series of posts focused on Dorothy Sayers’ essays published in the volume Are Women Human?. The first essay in this volume is an address given to a women’s society in 1938.  Sayers starts the essay by relating her invitation to speak to the group and noting that [Read More…]

Manifold Witness 3

John Franke, in his new and exciting book Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth (Living Theology) , learned as a kid that one way to settle theological questions was to appeal to the “historic Christian faith.” So John looked into it, and he began “to wonder how we can talk about something like the historic [Read More…]

God Hides in Plain Sight 8

Do you know someone facing death? Are you being asked to help someone face death? I love how the 7th chp of Dean Nelson’s new book opens up:  I have found what I was searching for without ever having discovered what it was. Dean Nelson’s chapter in God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 45

The mission of God in this world — that is the message of the Book of Acts. It tells us the story of how God as at work — in Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension, along with the Pentecost Spirit — to create the new people of God. And the apostles were commissioned and empowered [Read More…]

Church as Family

It would be easy to say low church evangelicals clamor for community because there is so much individualism at work, but that’s a cheap shot that misses the target. Liturgical churches can struggle as much with community too. But what needs to be observed, and it has been observed across the spectrum in the last [Read More…]

Football and Faith

Again, another great post from Jeremy Berg, and I’m keen to hear what you have to say. How do you respond to this mixture of football (sports) and faith? It has made the news here and here. Al Mohler has weighed in … and it’s your turn today. “And when you come before God, don’t [Read More…]

Media: My question to you

Why is our media so fixated on balloon boy and his silly parents, while ignoring the judge in Louisiana who chooses not to marry an interracial couple? [Read more…]

Book Comments: Hahn and Johnson

I can’t possibly discuss every book I’d even like to discuss at length on this blog, let alone books I get that deserve to be mentioned. I would need four blogs to get all this accomplished.  Yet, I’ve been frustrated about this for a long time, and never landed on anything that works so I [Read More…]

Prayer of the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for [Read More…]

Prayer of the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for [Read More…]