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Revisiting the Reformation

3/6/2018

Suggestion for April reading: Petra Bosse-Huber, et al, eds. Reformation: Legacy and Future. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2015. The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation has come and gone, with little fanfare and minimal observance. It is worth noting that 2017...

Novel Insights: Theological Wisdom for Preaching and Teaching

2/20/2018

On Possessions: On these wheelchair tours of his apartment what he was feeling was stingingly apparent: What will happen to all this when I am gone? There’s nothing I can take with me into the grave. These beautiful objects which...

Grace and Gratitude: How to Respond to an Ugly Gift

2/12/2018

Peter Leithart begins his recent book Gratitude: An Intellectual History with an illustration: "Imagine that your beloved grandmother gave you a rather ugly soup tureen as a wedding gift. Seeing as you have no use for the tureen, how ought you respond?...

Take and read: Conversations with Poppi about God

1/23/2018

TAKE AND READ: CONVERSATIONS WITH POPPI ABOUT GOD REVIEWED BY JOE SMALL ~ Robert W. Jenson and Solveig Lucia Gold, Conversations with Poppi about God. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2006. Christian educator David Ng did not approve of "children’s sermons," but if...

From the bookshelves: theological wisdom from novelists, Issue 119

10/3/2017

Provocative insights on religious themes from contemporary novelists … On Truth "He told me – these are his words – ‘They were all slaves to what they could see.’ But there was a truth behind that they couldn’t see for...

Grace and Gratitude: Letters from Barth

12/19/2017

Karl Barth is known to most of us by his Church Dogmatics, four volumes in 13 books, taking up two feet of shelf space! Other, smaller books and journal articles add to his oeuvre. The sum of all is the most...

Good books to strengthen pastoral ministry

11/21/2017

  Suggestion for December reading: Bruce Gordon, John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion: A Biography. Princeton University Press, 2016. Princeton University Press is publishing an imaginative series: "Lives of Great Religious Books." Each book in the series is a...

Video Series Commemorates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

11/7/2017

October 31, 2017, marked 500 years since Martin Luther published his 95 theses disputing the practice of selling indulgences as a substitute for true repentance. This action by an obscure monk in a remote town in Germany helped ignite the...

Continuing Reformation: A Fresh Look at Repentance

1/9/2018

  By Joe Small The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has come and gone. Well, not really. The 500th anniversary of the genesis of the Reformation has come and gone. What followed was Zurich in 1523, Geneva in 1536,...

Theological Wisdom for Teaching and Preaching

12/5/2017

Provocative insights on religious themes from contemporary novelists… On Hell: They slept under a tree near the overpass, side by side on top of August’s plastic sheet. Kirsten slept peacefully, aware each time she woke of the emptiness of the landscape,...