November 24, 2017

Difficult Scriptures: Luke 12:49-56

I was pressed into service to preach on Sunday because of an illness, and I was delighted (delighted, I say!) to learn that the Gospel text for Sunday was Luke 12:49-56. Oh boy. I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be […]

Scott Lencke – Misunderstanding Jesus: If You Don’t Have a Sword, Sell Your Cloak and Buy One

We welcome Scott Lencke today. He blogs at The Prodigal Thought. Scott also has a book coming this fall with Wipf & Stock, called Change for the First Time, Again, and a side project at the book’s website, where you can join in and share your own story of change. • • • There’s much talk these days (and these decades) about second amendment rights in […]

Randy Thompson: The Bloody God and the Bleeding God

The Bloody God and the Bleeding God by Randy Thompson, Forest Haven, Bradford, NH I’ve been reading the Old Testament. It’s a great story, despite Leviticus’ by-laws and Numbers’ numbers. However, reading it is an unsettling experience. As I started to note the body count, it seemed to me that God was a lot like […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (5)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve” • Excursus by N.T. Wright We have been blogging through John Walton’s book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Here are the previous posts in the series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Today, I’d like to focus […]

Non-Order, Order, Disorder

I was thinking we might finish John Walton’s book today, but I had brain cramp trying to put a final post together, so I’ll save that for another day. In the meantime, I’d like to get the community’s input on one of Walton’s propositions that we haven’t discussed yet. Here we will be dealing with theological […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (4)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve”, by John Walton • Post #4: Propositions 12-14 The next three propositions John Walton presents have to do with the setting of the “garden” in Eden and those who dwelt therein. Adam is assigned to be a priest in God’s sacred space, with Eve as his helper. […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (3)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve”, by John Walton • Post #3: Propositions 7-11 Here are the next propositions John Walton makes regarding Adam and Eve and the account of Genesis 2-3: The second creation account can be viewed as a sequel to the creation account in Genesis 1 (not a recapitulation of […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (2)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve”, by John Walton • Post #2: Proposition 6 Now that the groundwork has been laid (see post one in this series), and before he moves into a specific consideration of the text in Genesis 2ff, John Walton takes up an important broader question in his sixth […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (1)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve” • Propositions 1-5 I’d like to take some time during the near future to blog through John Walton’s important book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Those familiar with Walton’s earlier work know that he writes on this […]

Examine Yourself?

By Chaplain Mike A man named Andrew contributed a short story on theopenend.com about hypochondria. In it, he wrote: Today I have lymphoma. Yesterday was bowel cancer. I curiously palpate my underarms, searching for that slippery lump, stealthily hiding from my grasp. I check again, and again. I then move up to my neck, again […]