No, I’m not questioning your eternal destiny. (Well, maybe. But not how you think.) The other day, a friend shared five things we get wrong about heaven. (I reacted by overenthustiastically quoting half the article on Twitter… which may have cost me a few followers.) All five things lead back to the question question of … Continue reading Heaven is for real. You’re just not going to end up there.
Well, I was wrong. Someone decided to play the judgment card. As reported on Matthew Paul Turner’s blog today, Christian author and prophecy enthusiast Joel C. Rosenberg wrote that the Colorado wildfires were indeed sent by God to get our attention. Here’s an excerpt from Rosenberg’s blog yesterday: Is it possible God is using natural disasters … Continue reading Joel C. Rosenberg steps up to the mic…
Sunday’s Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary was Mark 1:9-15, the story of Jesus’ baptism and testing. Mark includes one detail about Jesus’ wilderness sojourn not found in the other Gospels: Jesus “was with the wild animals.” Our priest made this the focus of his homily on Sunday. He argued it’s not (as widely assumed) … Continue reading Ordo creatio (or, why every Christian should be a radical environmentalist)
So what are we to make of The Evolution of Adam? There’s no question Enns’ proposals concerning Adam (and Paul’s use of Adam) are controversial for many Christians. They’re not something we should embrace or reject quickly. Books like these often elicit knee-jerk reactions (from both sides) when something more thoughtful is called for. Like … Continue reading The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns, a review (part 2 of 2)
Yesterday, I wrote a piece challenging Mark Driscoll for comments he made during a recent interview (and after). This was the second time in five years I’ve written specifically about him. The first was in response to a talk he gave on the emerging church in 2007. Writing about Driscoll may be good for the … Continue reading Why it’s important to (occasionally) say something about Mark Driscoll
It’s time I said something nice about Calvinism. The Reformed tradition puts a lot of emphasis on having a biblically informed worldview. Maybe more so than other Christian traditions. In fact, this might be one of Calvinism’s most important contributions to the wider church. Everyone has a worldview — a framework of core beliefs, values, etc. … Continue reading The day the tulip died, part 4
“The Bible guarantees it,” the billboards boasted. “It is absolutely going to happen,” insisted the civil engineer / amateur Bible scholar. No surprise to most Christians — and to the delight of many avowed non-Christians — May 21 came and went without so much as a bang (except in Iceland). It was most definitely a rapture-free weekend. … Continue reading The day after the day after May 21st