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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...

Mere Christianity: The Beginning

5/15/2018

Suggestion for June reading: George M. Marsden, C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: A Biography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. George Marsden has not written a biography of a person, but the life of a book. His biography of Mere Christianity is...

Literary theology: quotes and thoughts from contemporary novels

4/17/2018

Provocative insights on religious themes from contemporary novelists… On Faith: People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they will not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust their conjurations. People...

The Sacrament of Gratitude

4/4/2018

The sacraments have been referred to as “means of grace.” The term has fallen out of theological fashion because it is ambiguous and open to misunderstanding. Are Baptism and Eucharist instruments of grace? vehicles of grace? conveyors of grace? elicitors...

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...