Heaven 6

Many of the Gospel texts have parallels we have discussed last week when we looked at Mark. So, I begin with a text that, while it doesn’t say much new, emphasises something important about “heaven”: [Read more...]

Christian Realism 8

Vocation — big issue that emerges directly from your theory of the relationship of the Christian faith and culture or State. The realist perspective of John Stackhouse, which I find stimulating (even if I disagree at times) and which I think represents the view of most Christians I know. Chp 7 of his book (Making [Read More...]

The Bible and Politics

Some thought Barack Obama’s comment about which passages we should choose if our country was to follow the Bible was messing with the authority of Scripture. What wasn’t clear in the criticisms of Obama was this: it was when Obama mentioned Sharpton and Dobson as folks at the ends of the interpretive spectrum that perhaps [Read More...]

Heaven 5

We are looking into such issues as whether or not “heaven” is the eternal home, or whether it is better to speak of “new heavens and new earth” as the eternal place, and then we are looking into whether heaven/new heavens is “up there” or the earth itself under new conditions as it is recreated. [Read More...]

Compline from Celtic Prayer

The Sacred Three to save to shield to surround the hearth the home this night and every night. [Read more...]

Prayer for the Week

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you [Read More...]

Roberto and Nada

One of the highlights of our trip to the Amalfi Coast was the owner and manager of our B & B, along with his wife, Roberto and Nada Lucibello. Here is a picture of Kris and me with Roberto one morning at breakfast: [Read more...]

Weekly Meanderings

This is what we turn to in the heat of Chicago… [Read more...]

Saturday Morning Songs

My favorite Christian musician … of all time … constantly playing for me: John Michael Talbot. Which is your favorite album or song? Amazon.com Widgets [Read more...]

4th of July, 2008

Today is July 4th, the day the USA celebrates Independence Day and the concept of socio-political freedom. Today’s post contains a prayer and the Declaration of Independence. My own political views about justice and freedom have appeared here and there on this blog, and your own views may differ from mine, but on this day [Read More...]

Christian Realism 7

As I begin to focus some attention toward the next school year and addressing 1st year students in our survey of the Bible class, where we inevitably have some good conversations about “vocation,” I realize that John Stackhouse’s 7th chp, on Vocation, has some stuff I have to mull over some more … and more. [Read More...]

Do you own a gun?

I did. I grew up with a father who hunted, with uncles who hunted, with friends who hunted, and in a community where hunting was common. Then when I was in seminary I came to more pacifist conclusions and to some “green” conclusions. So, I sold my gun to someone who loved to hunt. But, [Read More...]

Our Reasonable Faith 15

This series is by RJS Orthodox Christianity as affirmed in the historic creeds is at its heart Trinitarian -there is one God existing in three persons. But what does this mean — and why is it important? Certainly the Trinity is a tough concept to grasp – it overloads our mental circuits to use Keller’s [Read More...]

Heaven 4

Here are some texts from Mark 13 that muddy the clear waters of tradition when it comes to the meaning of “heaven.” [Read more...]

McCain’s Sermon

I’ve clipped a little from a New York Times article. An interview with McCain in 2004 that flows into McCain’s description of a sermon he gave in Hanoi. What’s your response? (I begin with the NYT statement and then McCain’s own evaluation.) [Read more...]

When Willow Creek last summer

When Willow Creek last summer released its Reveal study, lots of folks took Bill Hybels and the seeker movement to task. Most were waiting for something to criticize; some took the time to read it; some really did study it enough to say intelligent things. Well, I was asked by Christian Century to write about [Read More...]

Heaven 3

Four texts from Mark 11 and 12 bring us back to the big idea of what heaven refers to. Here they are: [Read more...]