Eugene Peterson: The Difference Between Reading the Bible and Studying the Bible

Peterson is a genius. In this short clip he leans on the difference between reading the bible to glean information that we can use to control ourselves and others, and entering into the bible in order to be called into question and changes. These are two very different approaches to the scripture, and lead to [Read More…]

Evangelicals are coming out for Romney

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What’s Going On With Billy Graham (And Franklin)?

I’ve read a lot about the political involvement of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Over the years Graham has played only a minor role in politics. He has even expressed remorse about the times he became overly involved (for instance supporting Richard Nixon before he went to jail). Graham was sort of a church elder [Read More…]

Who Won the 3rd Debate & My Election Predictions at 2 Weeks Out

In the final presidential debate both candidates performed well and made their best case. Mr. Romney accused the president of weak leadership. President Obama painted Romney as a flip-flopper whose opinions are all over the map. The early poll from CBS said Obama: 53%, Romney 23%, a margin of victory which was slightly larger than [Read More…]

Transcript of Third Presidential Debate – Election 2012

BOB SCHIEFFER, MODERATOR: Good evening from the campus of Lynn University here in Boca Raton, Florida. This is the fourth and last debate of the 2012 campaign, brought to you by the Commission on Presidential Debates. This one’s on foreign policy. I’m Bob Schieffer of CBS News. The questions are mine, and I have not [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have not watched 24 hour cable news in over a month and I don’t miss it at all. I confess that nearly all of my news and information has come from print media. I have been getting the NYTimes at home for the past couple of months and really enjoy it. [Read More…]

Is Obama the Wrong Kind of Christian?

I am always shocked by the glee with which many evangelical Christians will pass judgment upon, and dismiss the faith of other professing Christians. I guess I shouldn’t be. Finding ways to be dismissive of those who come from a different Christian tradition, or have experienced a different kind of obedience to the gospel is [Read More…]

Why Do We Think It’s Okay to Ignore the Sabbath?

Our culture is nothing if not over-busy and stressed-out. You don’t have to look very hard to discover that our society’s relationship to time is a complete mess. The most rudimentary teaching from the scriptures on how human beings should relate to time is called the Sabbath. Walter Brueggemann teaches that Sabbath isn’t the cessation [Read More…]

Should President Obama Lose This Election Because of the Economy?

In this election cycle we’ve heard a lot about the economy. Republicans have made the lack of jobs the center of their campaign strategy. R’s spend much of their time convincing everyone the economy is terrible and the president is to blame. D’s have run on the narrative that the stimulus bill kept America from [Read More…]

Why Is Reading the Bible So Difficult? Jovan Brown’s Excellent Allegory

Jovan Brown writes a blog I follow called Toward Fatherhood. He has a brilliant short allegorical take called “The Seven Siblings” on why it can be so hard for the church to read the scriptures, and why we’ve struggled with it for so many years. If you don’t try to make the story bear more [Read More…]