December 9, 2005

This must be the best dancer ever, or there is some funky stuff going on with a video camera, but as my son reminds me, watch the tape long enough to see the guy in orange. Read more

December 8, 2005

There has been a flurry of blogging about (mostly) mega-churches that have opted not to have a Sunday service in light of their attention to Christmas Eve services. Most of the blogging has been negative, some of it sharply so. I’m thinking here of Ben Witherington’s blog – and Ben is a friend and a fellow NT professor. He has been forthrightly against the mega-church decisions, and he has drawn a number of comments along the same line. Steve McCoy’s… Read more

December 8, 2005

For Mary, Christmas end the beginning of the end for systemic violence (1:51-55). A student told me the other day that Christians don’t believe James 1:26-27 (pure religion is taking care of widows and orphans). In my mind, I went to Mary who was the mother of James and she was a widow, and his older brother, Jesus, was big on caring for widows. James must have thought of her when he wrote those words. |inline Read more

December 7, 2005

This post will summarize Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, chp. 1 pp. 85-108. This is a short section, but it is better than biting off too big of a chunk that extends to nearly 50 pages and ends with great reflections on Sabbath and Wonder (next week). Whether you’ve read the book or not, we welcome your interactions. This section deals with the second grounding text when it comes to Christ playing in Creation. The first one… Read more

December 7, 2005

This post will summarize Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, chp. 1 pp. 85-108. This is a short section, but it is better than biting off too big of a chunk that extends to nearly 50 pages and ends with great reflections on Sabbath and Wonder (next week). Whether you’ve read the book or not, we welcome your interactions. This section deals with the second grounding text when it comes to Christ playing in Creation. The first one… Read more

December 7, 2005

Christmas meant justice for a poor woman (Luke 1:46-50) When Mary hears the words of Elizabeth, when she hears that Elizabeth’s little baby leaped in her womb at the very sound of Mary’s voice, when she hears Elizabeth’s blessing on her – when these various strands come into play, Mary suddenly bursts into song. |inline Read more

December 6, 2005

After I posted yesterday on a parabolic comparison between the way the SBC treated Johnny Cash (and now backs down some) and now treats Brian McLaren, Russell Moore writes this column: |inline Read more

December 6, 2005

The man in black is physically gone, but his legacy remains: the image of a man dressed in black, that deep talking-singing voice, that one string that sustains the beat, and the story of a man who learned the hard way with a face to show it. Let me suggest in this post that Johnny Cash is a parable of a serious issue. |inline Read more

December 6, 2005

Christmas meant role reversal for Mary and Elizabeth (1:39-45). Mary comes from a hamlet; Elizabeth is from a hill town in Judah, where her husband, a priest, had a house so he could manage his way to the Temple when on duty. The hamlet woman greets the Temple woman (1:40). Entirely appropriate for Mary to greet Elizabeth. |inline Read more

December 5, 2005

Tom Wright’s newest book, The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture, arrived on my desk at just the right time. I posted last week on the authority of Scripture, and asked whether or not “authority” is the best term for our relationship to Scripture. If we love God, is our relationship to God’s Word one of submission to his authority or is it more like an identity-formation? I suggested the latter;… Read more

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