Jesus Creed

I give Roger Olson an applause for an accurate sketch of the American evangelical coalition, of the influx of a fundamentalist spirit that is taking over (and rob our freedom in Christ), and of the difficulty of the middle road. What I find grieving, too, is the lack of understanding on the part of many…

How to respond to enemies? How to respond to those with whom one is conflict? What to do? The psalms suggest going directly to God. Call on God, Psalm 28 informs us. David’s prayer weaves together his request from God to listen, for God to heed his plea, and for God to act in order…

Part 2 for today…. Here’s one of the most important observations that Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen make in their new book, Everything You Know about Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities . Not all Evangelicals are Republicans. And in this chp the authors map the difference between Republicans and…

Here’s one of the most important observations that Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen make in their new book, Everything You Know about Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities . Not all Evangelicals are Republicans. But it is one of the most common assumptions made in the media and in pulpits.…

David Kinnamon and the Barna Group has a new survey study …. Anne Rice is not alone. She shares a spiritual profile with nearly 60 million other adults nationwide. In the Barna study, the matter of faith switching was explored in several ways. First, respondents identified their childhood faith, if any, and then were asked…

The second half of Psalm 27 (read vv. 7-14 after the jump) reveals the heart of David as he seeks to control his fear and actualize his own theology of God’s strength and protection. He wanders — soulish wandering — between his beliefs and his condition: Here’s a simple statement — a request for God…

This has been a busy summer for me – much more so than usual – and it has taken me a while to work through John F. Haught’s book  Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life.  I find this book something of a mixed bag.  It is interesting and useful for…

Most of us have favorite authors, and it is not uncommon for us to fall heads over heels in love with the author only to meet the author or read about the author and to discover the author was a creep or a jerk or far less than we had hoped. We could broaden our…

Tim Dalrymple, at Patheos, asks this set of questions, and the big one is one deserving serious discussion: Americans who stand outside these favored circles feel cheated and powerless. Worse still, it is not clear if either party possesses the vision and moral fortitude to navigate the nation through this storm. What if America has…

This series is called “our common prayerbook” because the Psalms were designed as a prayerbook for Israel and it is the common prayerbook that stands behind all other prayerbooks in use in the Church today. These prayers, or the psalms, are meant to be read aloud, meant to be read together, and meant to teach…

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