Obama and God’s Sovereignty

I don’t know about you, but I think the game of knowing “why” God is doing things in this world is a presumptuous and often self-serving game to play. One thing I’ve observed is that most folks who “know” the mind of God on an event — say Katrina or 9/11 or the election of [Read More…]

Edmonton in January

The single-most common quip we heard last weekend at Break Forth’s conference was this: “Why in the world would I want to go to Edmonton in January?” Confession time: when we were invited to speak at Break Forth, that was the exact expression that came out of my mouth. Now let me tell you why [Read More…]

Obama’s Inauguration: A Poem

From Stephanie Seefeldt A Shadowed Hope It can be heard on the wind – in the words that are written,in the faces of the gathered who watch him ascend.“Change”, it says.“New.Better.More.Hope.”I see the hope. I even sense it some, and want tograsp this moment in history – to be able to say“Yes. I saw it. [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 67

The “gospel” changes at Acts 1-2. One way of saying this is the proclaimer became the proclaimed one — but this misses that John preached about Jesus, too. And Jesus’ own message was self-directed. But, still, a good point to be made: the preaching shifts to redemption in Christ in a direct and clear manner. [Read More…]

Intellectual Integrity and Faith? 2: Genesis (RJS)

Bill T. Arnold, Director of Hebrew Studies and the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary has a new commentary out, Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series) .  This commentary is described as “an innovative interpretation of one of the most profound texts of world literature: the book of Genesis. [Read More…]

Capital Punishment and the Trial of Jesus

This last weekend in our travel to Canada and back, I read lawyer and professor of law at Baylor University, Mark William Osler‘s new book Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment . There are two major highlights to this book, and I would commend it to church libraries across [Read More…]

Drip Coffee? You gottabekiddin’ me!

Someone needs to stand up and call a halt to this silliness. Perhaps I should be the one. Okay, now that I’ve got your attention, here it is: Throw away your drip coffee machine and your French Press and buy one of these AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker coffee machines and get yourself a better [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 66

We can look at a slew of references for all say basically the same thing. We’ve had some early pushbacks here so I embolden the words that make our point: preaching/gospeling. Notice these references [where the word “kerusso”/preaching/proclaiming/gospeling appears]: 1. John preached about Jesus — so his preaching focused on God’s kingdom redemption in Christ [Read More…]

Obama’s Attribute

A Third Way approach to politics works from Christian principles to applaud what is worthy and to critique what is not. It is not tied to defending any politician on every issue or stance. I was not surprised by Obama’s decisions last week about abortion, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t speak out against them. [Read More…]

Anyone Know?

Anyone know who the artist of this piece might be? What would you call this picture?  [Read more…]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

Belief-O-Matic Quiz to take

Have you seen this test that seeks to determine what your religion really is. [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings

Some of you may be surprised by that opening image, but I’m following the apostle Paul today: “When in Canada, do as the Canadians.” Kris and I are up in Edmonton at Break Forth, where that one famous hockey player once played — can’t recall his name, but I’m here to do some speaking and [Read More…]

Your Favorite Movie Line

OK, I saw this the other day: three lines from movies — “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” “Here’s looking at you, kid.” “You can’t handle the truth!” What’s your favorite movie line? [Read more…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 65

We shift now for a while from the word “gospel/gospeling” to “heralding/herald” (Greek word is kerusso/kerygma/kerux). We back up to the Gospels again, and we begin with John (Matt 3:1-2) and Jesus (4:: 1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is [Read More…]

Preparing for Lent

As with Advent and even our Holy Week, ideas for a major seasonal shift like Lent can be difficult to come by. This year I want to focus on something simple. I’m going to focus on fasting one day each week. (By the way, I’m not convinced giving up chocolate or TV is a “fast.” [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends

Friends think about, talk about, and enjoy happiness with one another. David Naugle’s new book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, is a good book to read and a good book to discuss — and I hope you find a way to read it in a group or at least with [Read More…]