November 19, 2018

Source By Mimi Haddad On November 15, 2018 Biblical Equality 101 Abuse Gender Justice Concerns Church History In 1995, economists discovered that 100 million females had vanished. Today, that number may be as high as 200 million according to Amartya Sen, a retired professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard. Sen received a Nobel Prize for his work, which prompted humanitarians and researchers to employ a gender-lens in their research and work. With one voice, they demonstrated how patriarchy is one… Read more

November 19, 2018

In the last few years the significance and importance of sages in Israel and earliest Christianity have impressed themselves upon me. The value of sages cannot be overestimated in our culture. More of that some day, but not today. A good question might be asked what difference they make? What is the sage? What does the sage provide? In Glenn Pembertson’s new and wise book on wisdom, A Life That Is Good, three classes or groups of leaders and speakers and Word-of-God… Read more

November 18, 2018

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. BCP Read more

November 17, 2018

Hello from Denver. Kris and I are at the annual meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature, which for us began with dinner with Richard Hays, speaker for the IBR Lecture. Common Core — is it enough? The Common Core Standards do not require reading complete long works of literature. Even by the time we arrive at the 11th and 12th grade set of standards for reading literature, the standards only refer to “stories, dramas, and poems.” There are, throughout the… Read more

November 16, 2018

 Ephesians in the Story of God (Conversation with Mark Roberts) – KR 110 God is uniting all things in heaven and on earth in Christ, restoring and renewing the whole creation. Scot and Mark unpack the Apostle Paul’s heart for the Ephesian church. The letter of Ephesians sheds important light on what God wants to continue to see happen in his larger story being told through his people. Interested in following Mark’s devotions for leaders? Find it here >>… Read more

November 16, 2018

WHY WORSHIP SERVICES ARE BORING, by Mike Glenn People who know me know I love college football and I love one college football team more than any other. Growing up in Alabama during the time of legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, I have been a serious fan of the Crimson Tide since childhood. Friends know not to call me if the Crimson Tide is on TV because I won’t answer the phone. Friends who are watching the game with me… Read more

November 16, 2018

In our series on the patristic writings, we return to 2 Clement, today’s post covering chapters 16-20. Our series uses for its text Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers. What’s 2 Clement about? It’s an exhortation to faithfulness to the way of Christ in the face of threats like gnosticism, false teachers and rebellion against leaders. It reads like a sermon, and it is relentlessly a call to Christian behavior. After his first summons to repentance in chps 8-11, we turn to… Read more

November 15, 2018

Earlier this year I looked at the first several chapters in Elaine Ecklund’s new book with Christopher Scheitle: Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think. After looking at the issue of creationism and evolution it moved to the back burner. It appears timely to return, however, and look at the next chapter “Religious People are Climate Change Deniers.” Certainly evangelical Christians have this reputation in at least some circles. The statement is not true, although it is necessary to… Read more

November 14, 2018

In his new book, How New is the New Testament?, Don Hagner carries on the good fun at Fuller Seminary in responding kindly to John Goldingay’s Do We Need the New Testament? Hagner says this about the famous saying of Jesus, which reads: Matthew 13:51-52: Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his… Read more

November 13, 2018

James Bryan Smith, whom I consider one of North America’s leading voices on spiritual formation, directs The Apprentice Institute in Wichita KS and his program is connected to Northern Seminary’s DMin program in spiritual formation. I have myself participated in their program for three years and I come away blessed each time. James Bryan Smith’s trilogy — The Great and Beautiful series — is followed in the way only James Bryan Smith can write, in the Magnificent series. These are books for groups… Read more

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