“Twinterview” on Fasting

The good folks at Englewood Review of Books and I tried something: an interview on Twitter. The “twinterview” was about our Fasting: The Ancient Practices book, and Josh has an amazingly clever post of the tweets.  John Frye has just begun a multi-post review about the book, too. Thanks folks. [Read more…]


Is this the API/Twitter revolution? [Read more…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 71

Preachers and teachers (and writers and bloggers) need this reminder from James 4:12: There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor? Several things come to mind: First, teachers use words; words of judgment and discernment; sometimes the teacher’s word [Read More…]

The Church: Does it Matter? 1 (MV)

This series is by my colleague in theology, Dr. Mary Veeneman, and she’s guiding us through a brand new book by Brad Harper and Paul Metzger. The book is called: Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction . The question we need to ask, especially of evangelicals, is this: Does the church matter? And if [Read More…]

Justification and New Perspective 19

Another debate in the new vs. old perspective on Paul debate is how to understand Romans 4 and Abraham. Is he an example of faith? Or, as  Tom Wright, in Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision , puts it: “Pull out Abraham, and you won’t just pull out a single loose thread from the sweater. You [Read More…]

On Megachurches ….

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a new study, available as a PDF, about megachurches. Here is the opening suggestive conclusions, and I’m wondering what you see here (or in the article itself)(HT: AR): A FEW OF THE MOST PROMINENT FINDINGS: Young and single adults are more likely to be in megachurches than in [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 70

James says something in James 4:11 that can be confusing: Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. It does not follow that judging another [Read More…]

Tiktaalik roseae and Friends (RJS)

Nay, fly to Altars; there they’ll talk you dead; For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. The Fool referred to by Alexander Pope was the literary critic of his day.  Fear not – I intend no literary criticism. Yet the famous quote reflects something of the trepidation I feel as I rush in [Read More…]

Confidentiality and the Ministry Spouse: by PW

One of our constant readers and commenters is “PW”, who is helping us think about the issues surrounding the spouse of a minister — not always a female, we add. Do you tell your spouse everything? What do you keep back? What rules do you use? Now on to PW: This has happened more than [Read More…]

World Christianity and America 3

Does counting missionaries help? In Mark Noll’s new book, The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, the implication is that counting tells us some important things: the prominence of Protestant missionaries and the especially high percentage of evangelical missionaries today. He has detailed tables of numbers. For example, in 1999, [Read More…]

Images from Tehran

Here is a link to images of protest in Iran. [Read more…]

Why don’t we …

From the Morrisey column in the Chicago Tribune… The way Lou Piniella saw it Sunday morning, the media were paying entirely too much attention to the Cubs‘ unfortunate lack of hitting. Why don’t we focus on the positive thing, which is our pitching has been good?, he said. Why don’t we talk about pitching? Why [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 69

James at times narrows his focus on the teachers, the tongue of a teacher, and the need for teachers to be conscious and intentional about what the say and how they say it. I believe James 3:1 all the way to 4:12 is focused on teachers. Yes, at times it is not as clear as [Read More…]

Women Leaders: Question?

Here is a letter, published with permission, about the “spiritual leadership” of husbands and women in spiritual leadership at a church. What are your thoughts? What would you say to the person? Dr. McKnight, I am in the process of rethinking my views in women in the church, and my wife asked me a question last [Read More…]

Justification and New Perspective 18

One of the fiercest debates about the new perspective, from the old perspective angle, is the issue of double imputation and whether there are “two principles” at work in the human soul: the principle of works (self-merit) and the principle faith (no self-merit). Tom Wright’s Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision  next section (pp.210-216) takes [Read More…]

Scenes from a Bookstore near you

No kidding. One of our kind readers found my Fasting book on top of The American Patriot’s Bible and rescued it (my book). Surely there are some parables or illustrations of deep truths here. Anyone have one?  [Read more…]

Prayer for the Week

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more…]