Acts and Mission 26

The mission of God focuses on Jesus Christ, God’s Son and now Lord over death as a result of the resurrection and ascension. Attempts to snuff out this fledgling movement fail, and this has been seen both in attempts to imprison and in attempts to silence. But within the new work of God through God’s [Read More…]

Evolution’s Place? 5 (RJS)

Several weeks ago we began a series looking at Simon Conway Morris’s book Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. After a brief hiatus I  will come back to this book with two final posts; today a discussion of the force of his argument from convergence (Ch. 6-10, pp. 106-310), and in the next [Read More…]

Deep Church as Third Way 3

How do we find a “third way” when it comes to theology? Doesn’t it seem that we always trip over one another on theology? I am so glad and happy with how Jim Belcher approaches theology, speaking as many of us do of “mere Christianity,” in his new and important book: Deep Church: A Third Way [Read More…]

Worthy of Imitation 4

I had not heard of Margery Kempe until I read about her in Chris Armstrong’s new book, Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future , and I’m still wondering about her. Here’s a brief on her: For six hundred years her story, which had been told to folks and [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 25

The question to ask when we read the Book of Acts is not so much “What do we learn about mission?” but “What is God doing in God’s mission?” The second question’s answer leads to an answer for the first question. Perhaps no passage is clearer in this regard than Acts 5:33-46: 5:33 Now when they [Read More…]

Translation Tribalism 3

We began a series, which will have new posts sporadically rather than consistently, not long ago about Translation and the tribalism that we now experience with translations. One of our points is that the authoritative text is not the translation but the original languages. (This is not denying the authority of God or the Holy [Read More…]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Life Together 4

I consider Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together one of the most important theological works in the 20th Century. There is in this brief encounter with Bonhoeffer’s ideas a swelling gloom of Nazism, a palpable blur of what is to come, and an insight into how the Church is to conduct itself that makes the book a [Read More…]

The Indelible Image

Ben Witherington III, another Beliefnet blogger and who writes more books than most people read in a lifetime, has put his mind to a big project and volume one is now out: The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical World of the New Testament, Vol. 1: The Individual Witnesses . It is a two-volume work [Read More…]

A Covenant Promise

From Psalm 48… Mount Zion rejoices; the towns of Judah are happy, because of your acts of judgment.  Walk around Zion!  Encircle it!  Count its towers!  Consider its defenses!  Walk through its fortresses, so you can tell the next generation about it!  For God, our God, is our defender forever! He guides us! [Read more…]

Prayer of the Week

O God, because without you we are not able to please you,  mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts;  through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. [Read more…]

The New Christianity Today (CT)! Cool!

Christianity Today is my favorite Christian publication — it has exceptional leadership and editors, solid articles from across the spectrum, and a real keen eye for what’s not only happening but is what to happen. I hope you subscribe. But there’s something brand new about it… Have you seen the new design of Christianity Today? [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

A star cluster photo released from NASA   Please pray for Dianne and Bob, and pray that the God who made that vast starry sky will attend to Bob at this time. One of my favorite journalists, Christine Scheller, creates some controversy with some cutting remarks.  One of my favorite backyard photographers, Rob Merola, offers [Read More…]

On Reading Memoirs

Kris and I both love to read memoirs. Kris likes those memoirs that probe one’s psychological state or get into some deep story, while I like memoirs of writers and thinkers (which is not to say they don’t sometimes explore the inner world nor to say that those psychological memoirs aren’t by thinkers). In fact, [Read More…]

God, Science, and Evolution (RJS)

Yesterday we finished off a discussion of John H. Walton’s fascinating look at The Lost World of Genesis One. In the discussion of scientific explanations of origins in proposition 16, p. 136 Walton draws an analogy (He uses a few examples, I am going to paraphrase a bit to use only one example). We believe [Read More…]

Worthy of Imitation 3

What makes Chris Armstrong’s new book, Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future , unique is the choice he makes of those whom we can learn from. Antony and Gregory the Great are not surprising; Dante Alighieri is (at least that choice surprised me). One winter here in Chicago [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 24

Missional communities are apostolically-shaped communities where the wonders of God are seen but where the wonders of God sometimes provoke persecution of the people of God. But persecution provokes courage on the part of the missional community. Read Acts 5:27-32: Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by [Read More…]

Genesis One 17

This is my last post on Walton’s book, but RJS will have one tomorrow … We come today to the end of John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, and he finishes off this book with a conclusion that is worthy of serious [Read More…]