April 19, 2019

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The 3 Days — Randy Thompson: Good Friday Meditation

Good Friday Meditation Randy Thompson It is noon, and I am sitting in the last pew, in the back of the church. I am here because it is Good Friday. I do not have any deep thoughts. I do not vividly imagine myself at Golgotha. I am here because on this day I need to […]

Klasie Kraalogies: Rhythm — An Atheist Contemplates Lent

Rhythm – An Atheist Contemplates Lent By Klasie Kraalogies At the heart of the cosmos is rhythm, movement, cycles. Existence is a near-infinite superposition of Ptolemaic epicycles, seasons and ice ages and aeons of move and counter-move. A few days ago someone in the comment section talked about panentheism. Popularized, if that is the right […]

Klasie Kraalogies: Bound, Chained and Suffering

Bound, Chained and Suffering By Klasie Kraalogies In my last post, I hinted at the painful consequences of purity culture – a disastrous marriage. It is not my intention to air dirty laundry. But some very basic facts will out. These are not the thrust of this post. Marriage is forever. No matter what. Only […]

Klasie Kraalogies: Purity Culture?

Purity Culture? by Klasie Kraalogies In January 2015, the Washington Post announced that the famed Joshua Harris, author of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye”, announced his resignation from his church, and headed off to seminary. Then, by August 2016 we read that he had started grappling with the reality that maybe he wasn’t quite correct. However, […]

Randy Thompson: Christmas Lights & Christmas Music

Christmas Lights & Christmas Music A Christmas Meditation, 2018, by Randy Thompson Tops on the list of what I love most about Christmas are the season’s lights and music. Although I am not one to outline our house in multi-colored lights or set up lit-up inflatable reindeers, snowmen and Santa Clauses all over the yard, […]

Randy Thompson: Advent — Waiting for the Lights to Come on in a Power Outage

Advent: Waiting for the Lights to Come on in a Power Outage By Randy Thompson Winter has arrived early here in our part of New Hampshire.  On the plus side, the final stages of leaf raking and fall clean-up were taken care of  by the snow.  However. . . We’ve had three significant snow falls […]

Pete Enns: What Is The Bible? A Question Inerrancy Can’t Answer

What Is The Bible? A Question Inerrancy Can’t Answer By Pete Enns I deeply respect Scripture, but I am not an inerrantist. I have several reasons for this, but it comes down to two things: The Bible as a whole (rather than a prooftext or two) doesn’t support inerrancy. The history of Jewish and Christian […]

Matt B. Redmond on Lessons Learned from Eugene Peterson

Note from CM: Eugene Peterson died yesterday. He was the pastor’s pastor, and a delightful, important subversive voice in today’s church culture. Peterson was my pastoral hero and (book-)mentor. One of my greatest regrets is knowing that he pastored in the town where I lived while a teenager and I never attended his church. I […]

Monday with Richard Beck: Christian Assertions about Evil

Note from CM: Thanks to Richard Beck for giving permission to re-post his thoughts about what the Christian faith says about evil. This is actually part two of a two-part post at his blog, Experimental Theology, and if you want to read more about the first two assertions, follow the link in this post to […]

J. Michael Jones: Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II

Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II by J. Michael Jones The Implications of our View on the Material on our View of Nature. While Platonic Dualism found a welcoming home within the Church, the Rousseauian view of nature (I’m using nature here as a sub category under material) has completely swept western […]