Unknown E. P. Sanders Video on Jesus and Judaism

A friend tipped me off to this: emeritus Duke New Testament scholar E. P. Sanders discussing Jesus and Judaism.  Included in the roughly nine-minute video are Sanders’s view that Christians have needlessly pitted Paul and Jesus (who are “about love” in the eyes of conservatives) against Pharasaic Jewish thought, his pronouncement that people often think [Read More...]

Owen’s Story: A Life-Affirming Piece from Men’s Health

I found this searing piece in Men’s Health–not the typical source for articles filed under “searing.”  But this essay by Hamilton Cain about his physically challenged son, Owen, is one of the most life-affirming stories I have read in a long time.  It’s entitled “My Son, Solved” and it comes highly recommended from another Owen. Note [Read More...]

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...]


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