December 11, 2019

“She simply divided herself on behalf of everyone there”

• Sarah Condon at Mockingbird writes an appreciative article about Dolly Parton, her advocacy for the marginalized, and how her music has witnessed to the struggle of women to overcome inequality and mistreatment, while, ironically, she has been criticized for being “non-political.” In it — and here’s a set of words I never thought I’d […]

Another Look: Are We More Gracious than God?

 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. • 1 Peter 4:8, NRSV Love…keeps no record of being wronged. • 1 Corinthians 13:5, NLT • • • This is not meant as a formal theological analysis of the meaning of the atonement. It’s more like street-level questioning of […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Mom’s Money

Monday with Michael Spencer: September 23, 2019 Mom’s Money My parents were always poor. They came from poor people. They lived through the Depression. The first house I remember was small, run down and drafty. Dad never was able to stay with a good job for very long, then his health broke down and he […]

The Priority of the Gospels

An ancient Syriac document, allegedly recounting the instruction of the Apostles, enjoins: “The apostles further appointed: At the conclusion of all the Scriptures let the Gospels be read, as being the seal of all the Scriptures and let the people listen to it standing upon their feet: because it is the Gospel of the redemption […]

Another Look: Now. On Earth.

Another Look: Now. On Earth. Is that it? Is what we read on this church sign the message? Is this what Jesus and the apostles announced? Are we in rehearsals? Is this prep time for the final exam? Are we taking batting practice? Is this pre-season and we’re sorting out the team, making the cuts, […]

Another Look: A More Grounded Gospel

Note from CM: Back in 2015, I was reading the book mentioned below, and offered this post as part of my response to what I was absorbing from it. I’ve edited this in an update for today. • • • And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: On Transactionalism

Monday with Michael Spencer On Transactionalism I am setting out to do something that is unlikely to be extremely popular. I am writing a theologically tentative essay about a word most of my readers have never heard and an issue I’ve only heard one other person discuss. Why this word would inspire serious theologizing on […]

Richard Beck on Weakness and the Spirit

Note from CM: Thanks to Richard Beck for his series on Paul and the Law at his blog, Experimental Theology. Here is a tremendously insightful post on Paul’s concept of “the flesh” that opens the door, in my view, for a much richer, deeper, and broader understanding of salvation. • • • Richard Beck on […]

Damaris Zehner: Evangelizing in a Time of Collapse

Evangelizing in a Time of Collapse Damaris Zehner The Church’s task is to make the Good News attractive and comprehensible to our audience, and that activity changes with time and place. Because what people believe about the world around them will affect how they hear the Gospel, there are two challenges to all of us […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (6)

When Jesus talked about witness, he referred to our being his witnesses. We are to be his evidence as we show the world that the Kingdom of God has come. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very Good Gospel: How Everything […]