Letters to Emerging Christians

Yesterday I posted an edited, composite letter from a Christian leader to me whose integrity is being called into question because of his/her participation in the emerging movement. The letter said plenty, and your responses yesterday were very good — today I’ll offer what I have to say to such folks. [Read more...]

Women in Ministry: Sacred Space

At some point or another the Gospel reader who has some interest in women in ministry confronts the reality that Jesus did not call women to be apostles. Were they “disciples”? Yes. More importantly, what kinds of “ministry” did they have? Today I want to suggest that women took common places and converted them into [Read More...]

Love in the Key of Delight 3

The young woman, intoxicated with the delightful love of her young lover, describes herself in the presence of the other women of Jerusalem — who watch her love like a chorus surrounding the scene — with these words: [Read more...]

Letters to Emerging Christians

One one day last week I got two letters that asked the same basic question: How can grass-roots Christian pastors and leaders participate in the emerging movement today without being accused of heresy and have their integrity — moral and theological — called into question? I know some who have lost their leadership positions simply [Read More...]

The Truth about Conservatives 4

In chp 6 of Greeley and Houk’s The Truth about Conservative Christians [CCs] we are given a social portrait of CCs. Here’s the stereotype: CCs are “rubes” — Southern, uneducated gun owners who live in trailer parks or far from the city (p. 91). What’s the truth? Or, what do the stats show? [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 2

Song of Songs 1:2-4, the words of the young woman, reads: [Read more...]

First Day, Goldingay

This is the first in a monthly series on John Goldingay, Old Testament Theology, volume 1: Israel’s Gospel. We’ll look at one chp per month — on the first day of the month, unless that falls on a weekend. So, today, we get it started. [Read more...]

The Cubs, the Odds, and Play Ball!

Today is Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs, the mighty Cubs. The odds are in with a local furniture salesman — talk about confidence — and here’s proof! Note: a new pic added for abused, life-long Cubs fans. [Read more...]

Styles and Soul

OK, here’s a picture of the longest soul patch I’ve yet seen. But it got me to thinking — pardon moi Jeff if you think I’m predicting the imminent demise of cool soul patches — about styles and soul we’ve had over the years that are now a thing of the past (and good riddance [Read More...]

Love in the Key of Delight 1

Church kids, in the middle of a boring sermon, sometimes wander around in the Bible to keep themselves occupied. Those who wander accidentally into the Song of Songs not only wander but begin to wonder just what it is they have happened upon. No matter how hard some well-intentioned parent, Sunday School teacher or pastor [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

From our friend at Paraclete Press, Pamela Jordan: [Read more...]

On the Way to the Cross 5

I apologize for last week’s omission of our development of the characters of Peter and Mary when it comes to a crucified Messiah. We were in Seattle, got home late, and it didn’t even cross my mind. But, we’re back — Mary’s at the Cross, Peter has skipped away. The rugged reality confronts both of [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

We’ll be in Sterling Virginia at St. Matthew’s Church with my former students — Rob and Linda Merola — April 14-15. [Read more...]

Dugout Wisdom

Thomas Boswell, simply the best baseball writer in American history, got it right when he said this: “All baseball fans can be divided into two groups: those who come to batting practice and the others. Only those in the first category have much chance of amounting to anything.” [Read more...]

Friday is for Friends

Any study of the disciplines that shape Christian community eventually comes face to face with forgiveness, and Darryl Tippens, Pilgrim Heart, turns to this theme in chp. 9. I remind readers that we touched on forgiveness and memory when we looked for weeks at Miroslav Volf’s The End of Memory; Tippens gets us there once [Read More...]

Missional in Seattle 3

I gave two talks in Seattle, but I want to summarize what I said in my talk on Saturday. My talk was about “mistakes missional gospel folks need to avoid.” [Read more...]

Pleas and Praises

The last verse of Psalm 119, which marks the end of this series, surprises: [Read more...]