The Story of Creation is about Salvation, Not Theistic Evolution or Six-Day Creationism

[This was originally posted over at Dr. Joshua Swamidass' blog, Peaceful Science]Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass of Washington University in Saint Louis created “The Riddle of the 100 Year-Old Tree.” Here is his riddle to which he asked theologians to respond:Let us imagine that God creates a fully grown tree today, and places it in a forest. A week later, a scientist and a theologian encounter this tree. The theologian believes that God is trustworthy and has clearly communicated to him that … [Read more...]

Self-Government–Is It a Myth?

Self-government--is it a myth? Who chose the Republican and Democratic Party candidates for the U.S. Presidential election? We the people? If so, then why are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton among the least liked candidates for the Presidency in American history? See for example this Wall Street Journal article. Is the problem us, our representative democracy, or something else? Perhaps a combination of all three.Today we celebrate the independence of our country, but are we still under the … [Read more...]

“How Might Worship in a Movie Theater in the Middle of Town Be Beneficial to the Future of the Church?”

I have been asked to contribute to the “Nontraditional Church: Trends for the Future” symposium at Patheos. One of the jumping-in points that Patheos offered for consideration is: “How might worship in a movie theater in the middle of town be beneficial to the future of the church?”A worship service in the middle of town, more specifically, an urban center, might be beneficial to the future of the church if the people are truly connected to the urban community. This could be an improvement on … [Read more...]

Dads: Do We Father Our Kids Where They Are, Or Where We Want Them To Be?

My Dad was a father to me where I was, not where he wanted me to be. That was pretty amazing given how much I disappointed him in my youth, even breaking his heart. I am thankful that he loved me where I was; otherwise, he would have loved a dream or an illusion, not me. If he had fathered his expectations for me rather than me, I might not ever have recovered.Although my Dad passed away five years ago, his faithfulness to me—not his expectations for me—provides relational security even now. … [Read more...]

Grieve With Those Who Grieve: Dealing With Diverse Reactions to Orlando

By Paul Louis Metzger and John W. MoreheadOn Sunday, June 12, the news broke that there was another mass shooting in America, this time in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring 53 in a gay nightclub. According to initial news reports, the gunman called 911 and pledged allegiance to the Islamic terror group ISIS. President Obama made a statement to the media soon after the attack, calling it both an act of terror and an act of hate. The Orlando attack is the largest mass shooting in modern … [Read more...]

A Prayer for Orlando

 Lord, I pray that you would comfort and protect members of the LGBTQ community who are often targeted by violent acts of hatred.I also pray that you would protect innocent Muslims as well as refugees and immigrants who are often labeled as would-be terrorists.I pray that politicians and clergy as well as the media would be wise in their public pronouncements, and law enforcement and medical professionals would be diligent in their protection and care.Above all, may we move … [Read more...]

Muhammad Ali’s Enduring Legacy for Me: Don’t Change Your Name at the Slave Market of Consumer Appeal and Demand?

Muhammad Ali insisted people call him by his chosen name, and not his "slave name," Cassius Clay (See the video "What's My Name?"). It cost Ali PR in certain circles outside the boxing ring for insisting on his chosen name; it seemingly cost others inside the ring (though one should note this deconstruction of the legend surrounding Ali's fights with Floyd Patterson:) for not desisting in calling him Clay.One might argue that Ali the showman chose to make money as someone many loved to hate … [Read more...]