February 20, 2019

Sunday: Daring to Pray the Our Father (1)

Daring to Pray the Our Father (1) [T]he Our Father is person-specific. It identifies and strengthens the central Christian truth about the person in relationship to God and creation. This truth is always present. Although the prayer is not detailed and fine-tuned toward particular situations, it influences how we think, will, feel, and act in […]

The Bible and the Believer (1)

The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously by Mark Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, Daniel J. Harrington • • • One of my tasks this year will be to work on answering the two questions that Pete Enns raises regularly in his writings and podcasts: What is the Bible? What […]

That’s a Bad Idea (1)

This is a book about wisdom and its opposite. • Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt • • • I am a big fan of Jonathan Haidt. We did a series of reflections on his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion back in July, 2017. The Righteous Mind is […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Luther and Today’s Evangelicals

Note from CM: We get back to some posts about the Reformation, which were interrupted by tributes to Eugene Peterson last week. Today, Michael Spencer reminds us of one of contemporary evangelicalism’s genuine flaws — its inability to grasp accurate and complex views of history. Case in point: their simplistic view of Martin Luther. • […]

Sunday with Christian Wiman: Calling and Resistance

It’s almost the definition of a calling that there is strong inner resistance to it. The resistance is not practical—how will I make money, can I live with the straitened circumstances, etc.—but existential: Can I navigate this strong current, and can I remain myself while losing myself within it? Reluctant writers, reluctant ministers, reluctant teachers—these […]

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (3)

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (3) Today we continue our series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer, continuing with the third big theme of the practice of being Christian — the sacrament celebrating how God welcomes us to his table: the Eucharist. We conclude this theme today with an […]

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 […]

Sunday with Christian Wiman: Anxieties that have become useful to us

There is nothing more difficult to outgrow than anxieties that have become useful to us, whether as explanations for a life that never quite finds its true force or direction, or as fuel for ambition, or as a kind of reflexive secular religion that, paradoxically, unites us with others in a shared sense of complete […]

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (2)

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (2) Today we continue our series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer, continuing with the third big theme of the practice of being Christian — the sacrament celebrating how God welcomes us to his table: the Eucharist. The resurrected Jesus is doing what he […]

Monday Miscellany

Monday Miscellany Yesterday’s lectionary Gospel reading was Mark 10:2-16, a passage I understand a lot of pastors dread preaching. It is a “divorce” passage where Jesus speaks directly to the subject. I like what our pastor said. He stressed God’s design for couples to marry and live together in love for a lifetime. And then […]