A, B, or C? [We

A, B, or C? [We are picking covers now for the book; the book will be published next Fall.] A B C [Read more...]

Keys of the Kingdom 6

Mark 9:1 is one of those texts that has baffled interpreters for centuries: And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” What does this tell us about the kingdom and, if anything, about the [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him [Read More...]

Congrats to Mike Holmgren and the Seahawks

Inspite of a Packer victory, we at North Park University again extend our appreciation to the fine work of Mike Holmgren at the Seattle Hawks and the support of Mike and Kathy of North Park: [Read more...]

What lessons can be derived from this?

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Weekly Meanderings

Here’s how we play golf here in the Midwest in the winter: [Read more...]

Friday is for Friends

I cannot count the number of times I have, in reading someone or listening to someone, thought to myself: that is a spirituality that is closer to gnosticism than it is to the biblical faith. That is one reason I like Edith Humphrey’s Ecstasy and Intimacy. [Read more...]

God’s Rivals 6

What makes Gerald McDermott’s book God’s Rivals distinctive is that it explores how both the Bible and early Christians dealt with other religions. In chp 6 he explores how Irenaeus’ debates with Gnosticism shed light on why God has permitted different religions. [Read more...]

Keys of the Kingdom 5

Mark 4:30, much like our parable from yesterday, deserves to be quoted as well in context: [Read more...]

For John Franke: On Infant Baptism 4

We turn now to Calvin’s arguments from the early church (Institutes of the Christian Religion). [Read more...]

Conversion at Winebrenner

I was at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay OH the last two days, so my access to the blog was limited to just a few minutes each day … got home Wednesday evening to see that there has been a lively discussion on kingdom of God. Anyway, my lectures — 3 on Tuesday and 4 [Read More...]

Keys of the Kingdom 4

Our kingdom series now moves to Mark 4:26, the fifth reference to kingdom: [Read more...]

God’s Rivals 5

A distinct contribution of Gerald McDermott’s God’s Rivals is his exposition of how the earliest Christians approached the question of other religions. Chp 5 deals with Justin Martyr’s ideal of “seeds of the Word in other religions.” [Read more...]

Christian Biographies 3

Stephen Tomkins’ gift seems to be irony and the ability to prick the halo bubble around saints, which he did with John Wesley but does a little less directly in his book William Wilberforce: A Biography. [Read more...]

Keys of the Kingdom 3

We turn today to two texts, Mark 3:24 and 4:11. Here are the texts: [Read more...]

For John Franke: On Infant Baptism 3

John Franke, professor at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA, has assigned my penitence to be reading Calvin’s treatment of infant baptism (Institutes of the Christian Religion). Today I turn to 4.16.21-22. The rumor is that John has escaped my critique and has headed north from Geneva to the low countries to see if he can [Read More...]

For John Franke: On Infant Baptism 3

John Franke, professor at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA, has assigned my penitence to be reading Calvin’s treatment of infant baptism (Institutes of the Christian Religion). Today I turn to 4.16.21-22. The rumor is that John has escaped my critique and has headed north from Geneva to the low countries to see if he can [Read More...]


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