Earth Day 2012 – Why Christians are Obligated to Care for the Earth

Today is Earth Day – or as most evangelicals call it – Sunday. Part of the baggage that was imported into evangelicalism through dispensationalism is a low view of creation. It’s going to burn anyway, so why care about the earth, right? Wrong… here’s an excerpt from An Evangelical Social Gospel? (a great Earth Day gift [Read More…]

Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government?

NPR did an interesting story asking whether Jesus would be for bigger or smaller government.  Scot McKnight responded with five really important principles to remember during this conversation. What is the discussion about, really? SIDE ONE:  The government cannot fix our social problems, because that is not the government’s role. The best way to care for the [Read More…]

Money Isn’t Speech. Corporations Are Not People. R’s & D’s are both in the wrong.

These are two great videos, I’m so glad I took the time to watch them. The middle class is shrinking while (alliteration alert), capital, cash, and control continues to concentrate in the hands of corporations which do not care about the common good. This point is made clear in these two short clips from Jon [Read More…]

Brent Strawn’s Earle Lectures in Biblical Literature, Part 03

See the guy in the beard in the front row? Look to the left and over his head… I look perplexed.   These are some of my notes from the third and final lecture in the Earle Lecture Series at NTS, given this year by Brent Strawn. You can follow these links for notes on [Read More…]

Brent Strawn’s Earle Lectures in Biblical Literature, Part 2

LECTURE 02 – Signs of Morbidity The analogy Strawn is making is that the Old Testament is like a language, so it can be learned and spoken or forgotten and die. The way in which the OT is dying can be tracked much in the same way linguists might track the death of a once [Read More…]

Brent Strawn’s Earle Lectures in Biblical Literature – Nazarene Theological Seminary

Brent Strawn is giving the Earle Lectures on Biblical Literature at Nazarene Theological Seminary today. Brent has a PhD. from Princeton & teaches at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. The Earle Lectures are done in 3 parts and part three is today. Dr. Strawn’s series has been titled The Old Testament is Dying: a [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have not learned yet how to keep quiet and serve others. I confess that the following confessions are all over the place. I confess that I finally did a full shut down on my computer last week for the first time in about a month. I confess that when it came [Read More…]

Pottermore: Introducing the Official Harry Potter Website

The Official Hub for all things Hogwarts is officially live and ready for your exploration. Text from the landing page of the website says: “Explore the Harry Potter stories in a while new way and discover exclusive new writing from J.K. Rowling. The first story in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is [Read More…]

Can We Lose Our Ability to Recognize Beauty? What Happens if we Do?

I’m slogging through Hans Urs Von Balthasar’s The Glory of the Lord, Vol. I., Seeing the Form – it’s a Theological Aesthetics (not a theology of aesthetics… Von would want that to be clear – I like call him Von as if we are old friends, it helps me to not become frustrated). Let’s not [Read More…]

The Most Popular Mayor in America

This is a pretty amazing story. Newark Mayor Cory Booker literally ran into a burning house last night & rescued a woman who would have certainly died otherwise. He said in the midst of the feeling of being trapped by the fire, he was thinking he might be a goner. He described it as a [Read More…]