What Is Wisdom? Solomon: “Listening!”

From Proverbs 1, an elegant and important passage by Solomon: 20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will [Read More...]

Cinnabons, “Conditioned Hypereating”, and Christian Faith

New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert has just published “Why Are Americans Fat?“, a fun and somewhat morbid review essay of a number of recent books that tackle the national and international obesity epidemic.  Here are some selections from the essay, followed by a few comments from me. (Picture: New Yorker) The state of the matter: [Read More...]

Phil Ryken on the Pastor-Theologian

Phil Ryken just published a piece from Ligonier’s Tabletalk at Ref21 that covers how John Calvin was a pastor-scholar.  It’s a solid article worth reading. Ryken distills Calvin’s goal in preaching: “Calvin’s goal in all his preaching and writing was to teach the Word of God faithfully so that the Holy Spirit could use his [Read More...]

Excellent Resource: Tyndale House’s 4Gospels.Com

Tyndale House, located at Cambridge University in the U.K., has recently debuted a website entitled 4Gospels.com that is devoted to disseminating a biblically faithful conception of the four New Testament gospels. Here’s the site self-description: “Welcome to 4Gospels.com, a site run by scholars and postgraduate students based mainly in Cambridge, England, providing accessible information on [Read More...]

Review: Russ Moore’s “Adopted for Life”, a Book to Change Lives

Theology is alive.  It should be felt, not merely taught.  It should reach into all areas of our lives, bringing light and health to them.  The heft of God’s teaching transforms both the way we think and the way we live. Theologians who embody this kind of approach are rare (though increasing in number, I [Read More...]

The Bride Wore White–But Why?

Newsweek is running a piece, “MySpace Generation Brides Go for Sexy, Not Virgin” that chronicles the sexualization of weddings and offers this concise statement of where things are: “In response, sociologists say, the sexier dresses and the handoff of pin-up pictures—which was introduced into the wedding prep about three years ago—are ways to add spark [Read More...]

The Harvard Happiness Study: Or, The Evasive Presence of Happiness in a Sinful World

Found this engrossing article, entitled “What Makes Us Happy”, in The Atlantic.  It covers the 75-year-old Harvard happiness study, one of the longest-lasting and most important of modern psychology. In it, the author, Joshua Wolf Shenk, makes this noteworthy point: “The story gets to the heart of Vaillant’s angle on the Grant Study. His central [Read More...]

4 Out of 10 Babies Born to Unwed Moms

A new story from the Washington Post reports that unwed mothers birth four out of every ten babies born in the US: “More than 1.7 million babies were born to unmarried women in 2007, a 26 percent rise from 2002 and more than double the number in 1980, according to the report from the National [Read More...]

The Hard Work of New England Ministry: A Report from a Recent Conference

Some will recall that I blogged about a pastors’ conference with pastor-theologian Steven Lawson in New England in early April 2009.  Here’s a report from the organizer, Dave Ricard, the man who runs the New England Center for Expository Preaching, an internship program that brings interns to preach in a variety of New England churches [Read More...]


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