God and the Art of Happiness

12/4/2018

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, "Take and read, take and read." He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on the path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...

The Early Preaching of Karl Barth

11/13/2018

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, "Take and read, take and read." He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on the path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...

Confessing our Faith with John P. Burgess

10/16/2018

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, "Take and read, take and read." He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on the path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...

Listening in on conversations with Karl Barth

9/18/2018

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, "Take and read, take and read." He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on a path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...

Hebrew Grammar and Biblical Translations

9/5/2018

Ezekiel was surrounded by the 'likeness' of glory of the LORD, and he heard 'someone' speaking: "eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel" (Ezekiel 1:28, 3:1). Each week, pastors continue...

More on Bible translations: how many do we need?

8/21/2018

Ezekiel was surrounded by the ‘likeness’ of the glory of the LORD, and he heard ‘someone’ speaking: “eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 1:28, 3:1). Each week, pastors...

Fall reading selection: Future of Mainline Protestantism

8/7/2018

Suggestion for September reading James Hudnut-Beumler & Mark Silk, eds. The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018 In the Presbyterian year of “The Way Forward Commission,” “The All Agency Review Committee,” and “The 2020...

Delivering hard words that can become good news

7/24/2018

Suggestion for August reading: Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. New York: St. Martin’s, 2017. Some sermons are like easy listening music on the FM dial – smooth, comforting, in one ear and out...

Choosing the right version of the Bible

7/10/2018

For centuries, American Protestants read the Authorized Version of the Bible (better known as the King James Version). In the mid-twentieth century a revision of the KJV appeared: The Revised Standard Version. The RSV changed Elizabethan language to contemporary English...

Christian certainty in the Purpose of God: Augustine’s City of God

6/29/2018

Augustine’s City of God is a tour de force, tracing the pilgrim City of God’s movement among the ungodly. Augustine examines the course of the two cities created by two loves. “The one, therefore, glories in itself, the other in...