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Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago Spring means spotting Baltimore Orioles and the morning dance of birds:

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Christian Realism 2

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I don’t know what you think is the best book on Christ and Culture, but I’d be interested in hearing. We are looking at John Stackhouse, Making the Best of It , and we turn to his first resource for […]

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Friday is for Friends

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We gather on Friday under this title to discuss a good idea or a good book with friends, and the book we are now discussing is Klyne Snodgrass’s Stories with Intent, a complete study of the parables. It is written […]

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Pastor’s Wisdom: Don Johnson

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This marks the end of our series from pastors. I have really enjoyed this series, I hope you have too, but I want to acknowledge their contributions publicly. Thanks. We probably won’t know who helpful this is. While we were […]

Wrath 8

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Yes, these texts from Paul about wrath are the sensitive spot for many today, but our task is to look at them, to look them in the eye, and see if we can make sense of them. Romans 4 has […]

Our Reasonable Faith 10

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This post is by RJS Part two of Tim Kellers’ The Reason for Godbegins discussion of the reasons for faith. Chapters 8 and 9 form one whole, dealing with clues for the existence of God ? within nature and within […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Father Rob

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Imagine a big holiday meal with all the trimmings where only one person is responsible for cooking, serving, and cleaning it up. At the end of the day, that person would be pretty tired, wouldn?t they?! Now imagine a big […]

Wrath 7

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In the first five chps of Romans the term “wrath” appears; we are in chp 3 today:

Christian Realism 1

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John Stackhouse, one in a growing group of blogging professors, has a new book that I want to read carefully and slowly because it challenges one of my fundamental orientations: an Anabaptist perception of the relationship of the disciple and […]

Fountain Pens

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It’s about time for me to toot a bit about the glory of writing with a fountain pen. Now before you ask, I’ve provided a link to Amazon if you want to see some Fountain Pens. About five times a […]

Wrath 6

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God’s impartial judgment of everyone, Jews and Gentiles, brings to the fore a reference to “wrath” in Romans 2:5:

On the Length of Comments

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Today we’ve already had some record-length comments. Here’s what we need to remind ourselves of:

South Africa Reflections: Friends

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We met so many new friends in South Africa, but I have to include some pictures of a few. I begin with Tom Smith and Trevor Hudson, who drove to Rustenburg from Johannesburg area to chat and eat lunch with […]

Our Reasonable Faith 9

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This series is by RJS Following Tim Keller in The Reason for Godwe have now presented and discussed seven of the biggest objections raised against the Christian faith. None of these objections are fatal to the historic Christian faith when […]

Wrath 5

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The issues surrounding the meaning of wrath came out of the woodwork last Friday. Today we continue our series of marching through NT texts that use the word “wrath.” As I said last Monday, the evidence could be easily multiplied […]

Memorial Day

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In the USA we reserve the last Monday of the month of May to honor those who have perished in military service. Kris and I are both grateful no immediate members of our family died in military service. Three in […]

South Africa Reflections: Animal Kingdom

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We stayed in South Africa with Nic and Magriet near Rustenburg; they live on a “farm” with a Conference and wedding center, a bed and breakfast, and their own home. Daily I got up early, took up my post near […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Jim Martin

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If I were to start over, what would I be sure to practice? Self-care Self-care is not only good stewardship of the self but also a gift to the church. When a Christian minister practices self-care, the congregation is blessed!

Prayer for the Week

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Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]

South Africa Reflections: Our Favorite Walk

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Every morning — well, when we weren’t in a car driving off to speak somewhere — Kris and I walked. We called this “Sarengetti.” Nearly every day we watched a bundle of guinea fowl getting all worried our invasion of […]

Now Brewing: Douwe Egberts

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On our trip I bought some coffees, including a few packs of Douwe Egberts in the Amsterdam airport. I’ve seen Douwe Egberts in a few places, had a cup or two, but a few lattes of this stuff brewed in […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago Spring means baby robins:

Friday is for Friends

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If there was one book I wish I could have given to every pastor I met in South Africa [and I’ve sent one to Attie], Klyne Snodgrass’ new book, Stories with Intent, is the one. Why? Because we need more […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: David Fitch

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“If I could begin all over again” is a hard sentence for me to apply to myself for I still think of myself as just beginning. I feel like I am learning things today I should have known twenty years […]

God’s Wrath: A Question

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Here is a fantastic question asked of us about the issue of wrath … How do you respond to this mom?

My Traitor’s Heart

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One of the books I was recommended to read about South Africa was Rian Malan’s well-known and widely-read My Traitor’s Heart. If Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country is a literary classic about the problems behind apartheid, and if J.M. […]

Our Reasonable Faith 8

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This series and this post are by RJS; and we are glad Scot is back ? because the challenges confronting us in this chapter are up his alley not mine. Come on, many ask us today, you can’t really take […]

Wrath 4

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Now a brief summary of what we’ve seen in the two passages about wrath in the Synoptic Gospels … and we’ll get to John 3:36 when we get to the apostle John. When we get there, we may have to […]

South Africa Reflections: Hospitality of Time

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The first word that will come to mind when Kris and I think of our trip to South Africa is the word “hospitality.” And when I say that I don’t mean just generosity, which we experienced in abundance, or kindness, […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Nancy Lewis

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Nancy Lewis is a pastor at the Oakland Covenant Church in Oakland California. What Should A Pastor Focus On?

Wrath 3

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Luke 21 reads: “20 When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and […]

“He had a good run”

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7am Saturday morning (the day after we got home from South Africa) we got a phone call — it was the lady who keeps our Bichon, Webster, when we are away. Webster’s (he was almost 16) been aging fast this […]

Our Reasonable Faith 7

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This post is by RJS; for the record a Professor of Chemistry and thus (take a deep breath) a scientist… We all know, or have heard repeated over and over … Science has Disproved Christianity… the elite and intelligent know […]

Wrath 2

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Well, after our conversation yesterday we’re ready to dive in. To be honest, this is the sort of issue that could take about fifty directions, one of which would be to canvass the Old Testament on “wrath.” Readers of that […]

“Evangelical”

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Two recently published items illustrate the “evangelical” problem — David Wells’ grumpy summary screed of his four volumes that, for over a decade, have attempted to reveal how superficial evangelicalism is and the generously-spirited Evangelical Manifesto. What is happening? Let […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: John Ortberg

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John Ortberg, pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church outside San Francisco, responds to our question today:

Wrath 1

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There are some today who’d like to burn a wrath path through the Christian Church — those who believe in it can move to the right and those who don’t can move to the left as the path winds and […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep […]

Finding Our Way Again

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I’m not hearing much about this book, but I suspect we will be hearing the conversation soon. Brian McLaren has a new book out called Finding Our Way Again. The subtitle is The Return of the Ancient Practices. Brian’s is […]

Coming Posts

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We left Johannesburg, S Africa, Thursday night at 11:30pm, and Kris and I fortunately dozed the entire trip up the middle of Africa. But, I did wake to see Tunis — the area near to where Augustine’s great ministry occurred. […]

Deeper Connections 5

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Today I examine Jesus? prayer life from The Prayers of Jesus in <a href="Deeper Connections. Prayer was the backbone of Jesus? life and ministry. From his baptism to his crucifixion, the Gospels portray Jesus as a man of prayer who […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Alice Shirey

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Alice Shirey, pastor in Des Moines IA, responds to our question today:

Pretoria

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This is our last post from S Africa, though when we return we’ll do a series of reflections with pictures. Yesterday was my last speaking event … Attie and Renate picked us up early and we drove about 1.5 hours […]

Our Reasonable Faith 6

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This post is — once again — by RJS, and we are all looking forward to Scot’s return. As usual – personal reflections are mine – I don’t know Scot’s position. Now we come to a topic where I anticipate […]

Our Reasonable Faith 5

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This post is by RJS – so personal reflections are mine, not Scot’s In Chapter Four of The Reason for GodTim Keller broaches a topic I have found a real stumbling block over the years: If the Christian story is […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: John Frye

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Pastoring: If I Started Over What Would I Focus On? John W Frye Fellowship Evangelical Covenant Church in near Grand Rapids, responds today to that question.

Cape Town and Stellenbosch

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After our five sermons for Pentecost up in Rustenburg (about an hour west of Pretoria), Attie and Renate Nel flew with us down to Cape Town where we had been scheduled to speak to the Stellenbosch congregation. The pastor we […]

Deeper Connections 4

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Healer of diseases. Master of nature. Conqueror of demons and death. Jesus not only preached the Kingdom of God in word, but he demonstrated it in power through his miraculous deeds. The Miracles of Jesus in <a href="Deeper Connections reveal […]

Our Reasonable Faith 4

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This post is by RJS – looking at Keller’s book, not as a pastor, an evangelist, or a theologian, but as a lay Christian who has been immersed in secular academia for 27 years as graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, and […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Rose Madrid-Swetman

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This post is from Rose Madrid-Swetman, a missional pastor at the Vineyard church in Shoreline, WA. Scot: If you could begin all over again, what one thing would you have focused on more? Or, put differently, what wisdom would you […]

Happy Mother’s Day from Africa

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A big Happy Mother’s Day from Africa to my mom and to Kris’ mom. We’ll bring home plenty of stories and pictures.

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it […]

The Wild of Africa

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It’s Friday afternoon (and only very early Friday in USA’s midwestern States), but I want to jot down a few notes about two events where we experienced Africa’s wildness. Here goes …

Deeper Connections 3

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Today I would like to talk about the Prodigal Son study from the The Parables of Jesus in the <a href="Deeper Connections series. After an introduction from the Gentile city of Susita, on the eastern side of the Sea of […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Bob Smallman

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If you could begin all over again, what one thing would you have focused on more? Or, put differently, what wisdom would you give to a new pastor if you were asked this question: What should I focus on? Here’s […]

Teaching in Pretoria

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I’ll try to post a little about what we did Monday and Tuesday in South Africa. We are staying at an absolutely lovely home west of Rustenburg — a lovely garden that looks up into the hills and mountains. We […]

Our Reasonable Faith 3

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This series is by RJS as Scot and Kris enjoy South Africa Chapter 2 of Tim Keller?s book The Reason for Godbroaches the problem of pain. Given the pain and suffering in the world ? either God is not good […]

Deeper Connections 2

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In the introductions to each of the Deeper Connections 18 Bible studies?shot in various locations in Israel?one can see the hills from which Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, see the desert in which he found refuge from the […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Cindy Nicholson

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Cindy Nicholson, Asst. Pastor, Vineyard Christian Church of Evanston; Cindy is also on task forces and committees at the national level of the Vineyard; she responds to our pastor’s wisdom question: If you could begin all over again, what one […]

Hello from South Africa!

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We arrived in Johannesburg after a 14 hour flight — safe and sound. I don’t know how I managed to do it, but I was awake long enough to see the first sight of Africa — Ghana area — and […]

Deeper Connections 1

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As a former doctoral student of Scot?s, I?ve been asked to write about a new DVD Bible study series that I edited called Deeper Connectionsfor the next five days. There are three DVDs (and participant?s guides) in the series: The […]

Our Reasonable Faith 2

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This series is by RJS (so blame me not Scot) With this post we start our series looking at Timothy Keller’s new book The Reason for Godand using this book as a resource to grapple with the questions and issues […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Kent Anderson

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Today I begin a series devoted to Pastor’s wisdom, and our question we asked of seasoned pastors was this: If you knew then what you know now, what would you have focused on? Or, in light of what you now […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to […]

Weekly Meanderings

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We’re sensing we are a long way from our home, but “TK” is there remodeling our kitchen. So, hello to TK. Speaking of far away distances … this is some 450 light years from here…

Forgiveness … takes time

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Julie Bogart, a regular reader and commenter on this blog, has a story about forgiveness worth reading at her site. You can interact there or even here. Here’s how it begins:

Pastor’s Wisdom: A Series

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Starting Monday, and while Kris and I are in South Africa, we will begin a series I’ve called Pastor’s Wisdom. I asked a series of seasoned pastors this question: If you could start all over again, knowing what you know […]

Preparing for Pentecost 30

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We come to the end of our series. We are flying today to South Africa where I will be preaching a series of sermons on the themes of Pentecost. (Our home will be looked after by TK and our daughter, […]

Our Reasonable Faith 1

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Here begins a new series by RJS, one of the most faithful participants of this blog, on Tim Keller’s new book. Timothy Keller, founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan recently came out with a new book The Reason for […]

Biking for Justice

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Some of our students, including Matt Enquist, are biking across the nation this summer for justice. Here’s the blog … and we’ll be following them all summer. I am going to do something I’ve never done …

First Day is Goldingay

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Well, Goldingay’s 2d chp (Israel’s Faith (OT Theology, vol. 2)) is bogging me down, but this chp has a section that is a virtual open theism statement. So, here are some thoughts from the chp…

Preparing for Pentecost 29

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The last five chps of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed are dedicated to specific examples of the Jesus Creed in action in the pages of the New Testament.

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