Category Archives: Christian Life

Why We Gather

I had the privilege of attending a Celebration of Life (i.e. memorial service) earlier this summer for my uncle, ’54 MDiv Northern Seminary, for 35 years a bivocational pastor in rural Illinois. Growing up I knew him as my uncle … Continue reading

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They Will Know We Are Christians By Our … Politics?

Despite the title this isn’t a post about the current US presidential election – although I hope it gets people thinking about how they frame their position, whatever that may be. In fact, the title may distract from the theme … Continue reading

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Testable Truth

All of us have some kind of worldview or philosophy of life. It may be a carefully reasoned position, or an organic entity that we grew into (or up in). In any event it can be helpful to examine the … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Life, Knowledge, Resources for Discussion

Beloved Let Us Love One Another

Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1Jn 4:8 I was recently sent a copy of the book A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith Based Decisions by Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Life, Environment, Environmentalism

No Holiness but Social Holiness

The final section of Matthew Nelson Hill’s new book Evolution and Holiness looks at John Wesley’s view of original sin and human nature and the interaction between the structures he put in place with small accountability groups and more modern … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter

John Walton has an interesting analysis of the question of women in ministry included in the Contemporary Significance section of his commentary on Genesis 2 (The NIV Application Commentary Genesis). This is worth some serious thought and discussion. Commitments. He … Continue reading

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And They Become One Flesh

With consideration of Genesis 2 the series of posts on Genesis intersects those on biblical womanhood. Genesis 2 provides a creation account both distinct from an complementary to the creation account of Genesis 1. In both accounts the culmination of … Continue reading

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