Content Trumps Character? The Real Message Of Disclaimer Labels On Theological Books

The recent uproar surrounding charges of plagiarism swirling around some of Mark Driscoll (click here and here) has nearly obscured another story that may have even greater implications for the church - and, ironically, maybe even for Driscoll's future publishing endeavors. While the late John Howard Yoder's name is less familiar to mainstream Evangelicals than Driscoll's, this recent story about how Yoder's publisher will include a disclaimer on all of his books may reverberate long after … [Read more...]

When Merry Is A Million Miles Away

At Christmas, the image of an intact nuclear family is at the center of it all.That image, of a mom, a dad and a baby together forming a circle of love, is mirrored for us each year in dozens of different ways from commercials to Hallmark movies to news stories about people traveling at Christmas to get home to the accounts of friends and coworkers talking about their own Christmas plans.For those whose circle has been torn open byinfertility  miscarriage divorce physical … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip, Christmas version: The Journey of the Wise Men

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture, stopping at a few oases along the way, in order to contemplate our exile experience in an occasional series on this blog. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, click here. * * * * * * * My husband and I took our kids to see the Star of Bethlehem December sky show at Chicago's Adler P … [Read more...]

On Building Fences Around Fences (Part 2)

Click here to read part one of this post.It takes a lot of hard work to work in community to hammer out convictions about how to apply Scripture to our lives. Even if I don't agree with the particular conclusions of particular church or group, it's been my experience that the evidence of the hard work often shows in the way in which they apply those rules. They are rules after all, which means there are lines and boundaries, but the hard work tends to rub off the rough edges of the way in … [Read more...]

On Building Fences Around Fences (Part 1)

Recently, I ran across this list, reprinted from Wayne Grudem's* 2006 book about gender roles in the church. Others are far more able than I to debate just how "Biblical" the content of lists like this really are. Suffice it to say that there are many other wise and faithful scholars and practitioners I respect who would debate the both the structure and the content of this list. Their debate may itself be the truly Biblical response to excruciatingly hair-splitty lists like Grudem's. I am … [Read more...]

Turns Out, I Needed Those Crayons For Seminary

In September, I brought my textbooks, my computer and a brand-new box of crayons to my first day of class at Northern Seminary. Since it had been thirty-five years since I was last in a classroom, I figured I'd better come prepared for any eventuality. When I showed my crayons to a couple of classmates during a break, one of them broke out the neon pink and blue Doc McStuffins folder he'd brought along to hold his course syllabus.It turns out that both of us may have been on to something. … [Read more...]

A Digital Pause

I've been blogging since 2006. I had no grand plan or Big Message when I signed up for my first Blogger account. I simply needed a place to deposit some of my excess words.I've blogged pretty consistently since then, through some serious family crises, the birth of one of our beloved grandsons, two moves, rotator cuff surgery, the death of my mom and another significant friend, a few jobs, a couple of churches, six trips to Israel, and four cats (not all at once). I have gotten a little more … [Read more...]