Friday is for Friends: “T”

This Friday is for Friends post is from our long-time blog friend, “T,” the one who once won a contest on this blog in which we gave away a pair of crocs. T, you still wearing them? By the way, we are always looking for more submissions for our Friday is for Friends slot. I [Read More…]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 8

We are discussing marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. What then about this “submissiveness” that is so emphatic in Piper’s complementarian approach to reading the roles of husbands and wives? Piper begins with 1 Peter 3 and finds four characteristics of biblical women: they [Read More…]

Science, Faith and the Public Sphere (RJS)

For those who don’t follow such news with bated breath – President Obama has nominated Francis Collins to head up the NIH (National Institutes of Health).  This is, in my opinion, a great choice.  He is an accomplished scientist and administrator.  You can see the NY Times article here: Pick to Lead Health Agency Draws [Read More…]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Colossians

Now we turn to commentaries on Colossians in our ongoing series on commentaries. And once again, speak up if you think a commentary deserves mention. I taught Colossians for years, used a commentary I really liked, and so I still turn first to Peter O’Brien, Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 44, Colossians-Philemon. Exegetically rigorous and theologically [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 84

Out of nowhere James says this in James 5:12: Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned. He has virtually quoted Jesus here. Here are the words of Jesus from Matthew 5:33-37: Again, [Read More…]

Science and Faith – A Pastoral Approach? (RJS)

Over the last year or so I’ve written a number of posts that have reflected on various aspects of the intersection of science and faith.  These are issues and questions that I’ve thought about and wrestled with most of my adult life. How should we interpret Genesis or Romans? What does it mean to claim [Read More…]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 7

We are discussing marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. If you know the debates today among (mostly) evangelicals — I don’t know this debate outside that circle, you know there is a debate between complementarians and egalitarians, though I think the word “egalitarian” is [Read More…]


Kris and I were back in Atlanta last weekend for my second teaching session on the Jesus Creed. But first, awesome worship band led by Todd Fields. The final song — don’t remember the name of the young man who sang it — perfectly captured the message. Thanks again to all the folks at NPCC, [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 83

I mentioned three possible responses to suffering yesterday but there is probably at least one more: turning against one another under stress. So James 5:9-11: Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the [Read More…]

The Big Shift

Laura Sessions Stepp, a well-known journalist at The Washington Post, has a book about the nature of life for women in the hook-up culture, and the book is nothing less than a bold revelation of things you might not want to know. The book is called Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and [Read More…]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 6

We are discussing marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. Piper is a well-known advocate for what most call “complementarianism,” and I don’t know how to define this in a way that satisfies everyone, but let’s say this: as the Son submits to the Father, [Read More…]

Palin’s Future: My Prediction

I think Sarah Palin is done with politics and I doubt she’ll run for President in 2012. The tones of that resignation, and the messages that are coming through suggest to me that she’s had it — she’s tired of what it has done to her family, to what the investigators have done to her [Read More…]

What do you think this means?

I’ve heard this a number of times, I’ve read it more than that, and I know it is popular with many. Here it is: “I’m spiritual but not religious.” What do you think people mean by this claim? [Read more…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 82

There are three basic approaches to suffering: violent reaction, passive absorption, or the Jesus-following alternative of living aright while waiting for God to bring about justice. James prefers the third option, so it seems to me. Notice the emphasis on God’s just judgment that is coming in 5:7-9: Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s [Read More…]

Live Blogging at Rob Bell’s Preaching Conference 3

Jeremy Bouma is live blogging this preaching conference with Pete Rollins and Shane Hipps … and Rob Bell –> Drop comments here if you’d like. [Read more…]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 5 (RJS)

Can These Bones Live? This is the question posed in Chapters 10 and 11 of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology where he gives a brief overview of the chemical requirements for the origin of life. There are two facets to this discussion. The first is really [Read More…]

Marriage as Parable of Permanence 5

We are discussing marriage by examining the recent book of John Piper’s called This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. Piper connects marriage to justification and to forgiveness. For marriage to “display God” the husband and the wife are to live vertically with God and then to bend that forgiveness and grace out toward the [Read More…]