September 13, 2019

By Mike Glenn If you’re like me, you’ve grown accustomed to a gentle female voice interrupting your driving experience instructing you to “at the nearest safe exit, make a U-turn”. That gentle reminder is telling you you’ve made a wrong turn or missed a turn – or well, anyway, you’ve messed up and if you don’t turn around, you’re going to be more messed up. Your map app won’t let you get too far off the prescribed path before alerting… Read more

September 12, 2019

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church Read more

September 12, 2019

I began leading a discussion class last Sunday using The New Testament You Never Knew, featuring N. T. Wright and Michael Bird. In the initial session Tom Wright comments that the New Testament is explosive and powerful. I think anyone who picks up the New Testament will find, if they give it a chance, that it is one of the most explosive books ever written. … it forms one complete, rather strange, but very powerful book. He goes on to… Read more

September 11, 2019

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church Read more

September 11, 2019

What are the crucial theological foundations of pacifism? Ron Sider, in If Jesus is Lord , reduces it to five crucial theological foundations: Incarnation, resurrection, inauguration of the kingdom, anti-world, and the importance of the church. Biblical pacifism rests on several central theological affirmations. If the historic creeds are correct that Jesus is truly God and truly human, then rejecting Jesus’s teaching on loving enemies involves fundamental christological heresy. Only if Jesus rose bodily from the dead does it make sense… Read more

September 10, 2019

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church Read more

September 10, 2019

The next question in Rebecca McLaughlin’s new book Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion turns to the Bible. How can you take the Bible literally?  The question, however, misses the point. As Christians we want to read the Bible faithfully – which means literally only when and how it was intended to be read literally. Metaphor, parable, poetry, apocalyptic imagery – all of these are featured in the Bible. We have to start by realizing that,… Read more

September 10, 2019

By Laura McKnight Barringer She’s worth more than power and protecting a name. I work in the field of primary education, and I am constantly aware of the complexities of educating girls. Don’t quote me on this, but I read research in the not-too-distant past that highlighted an inherent difference between boys and girls in maths and sciences: When a boy gets a C in a math or science course, he counts himself a success and moves on to the… Read more

September 9, 2019

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church Read more

September 9, 2019

Andrew Bartlett, in his new book Men and Women in Christ (MWiC), asks if Paul was actually a kind of 1st Century egalitarian? Bartlett focuses on 1 Corinthians 7. What are his conclusions? 1. Despite the prominence of 1 Corinthians 7 as the longest discussion of marriage in the New Testament, and despite its containing the only explicit New Testament mention of a husband’s authority, complementarian analyses have tended to overlook it or downplay it. 2. Paul’s view of the world is… Read more

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