Is It “Christianity versus Science?” (What Brunner Said)

Is It “Christianity versus Science?” (What Brunner Said)American conservative Christianity, especially conservative evangelical theology influenced by fundamentalism, still struggles with science. And, of course, many scientists struggle with religion—except that which is completely privatized and makes no truth claims about reality outside the self. Cornell University’s late, former president Andrew White’s “warfare of science with theology in Christendom” (partial title of his two volume wo … [Read more...]

“Help Wanted” (Books, Chapters, Articles Dealing with God and Physics)

“Help Wanted” (Books, Chapters, Articles Dealing with God and Physics)Several times here I have strongly indicated and endorsed my belief that the God of the Bible, Yahweh, the God of Jesus Christ, the only God, condescends to enter time with us. In brief: God is temporal. I base that on the biblical narrative which never, so far as I can see, indicates otherwise. There is no hint, that I can recognize, in Scripture of an “eternal now” in which for God all our times are simultaneously before … [Read more...]

An Invitation to Hear Me Speak…with Bill Gaither

I have no sense of how many of my readers live within easy driving distance of the location of this event, but I would be pleased if the attendance were very strong. So I invite you to come and spread the word to others who may be able and interested in coming.On Tuesday, September 15 (2015) I will be delivering a message entitled "Certainty Not" in the weekly chapel service ("community gathering for worship") at Baylor's Truett Seminary. The chapel service will include an appearance by and … [Read more...]

Discussion of “Malestrom” by Carolyn Custis James (Part Four)

Discussion of Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James (Part Four)Here I will be responding to Chapters 4 and 5 of Malestrom: “The Rise of Women” and “The Power of Power” respectively. Some of what I say here may not make sense unless you have read the chapters and my previous responses to Malestrom in parts one through three (Introduction through chapter three).Again, I find myself in general hearty agreement with James. In Chapter 4 she skillfully examines the Old Testament story of Deborah an … [Read more...]

Can a Pastor Baptize an Infant and Remain Baptist? (Some Thoughts about Identities)

Can a Pastor Baptize an Infant and Remain Baptist? (Some Thoughts about Identities)Recently the pastor of an Ohio downtown First Baptist Church (American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.) baptized an infant. As one might expect, it caused a stir among Baptists of all kinds. This would be like a Lutheran pastor refusing to baptize an infant—advising the Lutheran parents to wait until the child is mature enough to decide for himself/herself whether to be baptized. Or it would be like a Presbyterian p … [Read more...]

Discussion of “Malestrom” by Carolyn Custis James (Part Three)

Discussion of Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James (Part Three)Here I will be responding to Chapters 2 and 3 of Malestrom: “Patriarchy Matters” and “The Father Wound” respectively. Some of what I say may not make sense unless you’ve read the book’s Introduction and Chapter 1 and my responses to those in Parts One and Two of this series.I couldn’t agree more with the main thesis of Chapter 2: “Patriarchy Matters”: “Illusions of superiority and inferiority have no place in the kingdom of God.” … [Read more...]

Please Remove National Flags from Your Christian Worship Spaces: A Plea on Behalf of the Flag

Please Remove National Flags from Your Christian Worship Spaces: A Plea on Behalf of the FlagNotice I didn’t say “American flags.” However, my main concern here is about the prevalence of American flags in American Christian worship spaces. I recently visited a large Baptist church that not only had the American flag hanging on a pole on the platform (that’s what Baptists typically call the chancel area); it also had a large American flag hanging from the ceiling above the pulpit and communi … [Read more...]


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