May 22, 2018

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (3)

On Fridays, we’re doing a series on Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. In this book, he examines how “the story of Adam and Eve has over centuries decisively shaped conceptions of human origins and human destiny.” In chapter 4, Greenblatt writes about a first century Jewish midrash on the early […]

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (2)

On Fridays, we’re doing a series on Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. In his stunningly well-written chapter, “By the Rivers of Babylon,” Greenblatt begins to trace the origins of the Adam and Eve story and how it came to be placed in the Hebrew Bible. If you want to understand […]

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (1)

On Fridays, I’ll be doing a series for several weeks on one of the books I received for Christmas, Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. This book takes a different tack on the Adam and Eve story than other things we’ve looked at in the past. I’ve usually been most focused […]

iMonk Classic: The One and Only

By Michael Spencer — October 2006 For evangelical people, our authority is the God who has spoken supremely in Jesus Christ. And that is equally true of redemption or salvation. God has acted in and through Jesus Christ for the salvation of sinners. I think it’s necessary for evangelicals to add that what God has […]

What would it be like…?

What would it be like if we as Christians believed that the Bible was written for us: …to encourage us to think more, not less? …to help us develop wisdom so that we can come to conclusions and make decisions maturely on our own, not simply give us answers and rules to follow? …to engage […]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (3)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part Three: Drawn to the Religionless These first few posts in this series are autobiographical, tracing my journey as a minister within the world of evangelicalism. I’m doing this with the goal of putting some “flesh” on the subject. In posts to come, we’ll look at some […]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (2)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part Two: A World Between Sundays In part one, I said that my first congregational ministry experience changed something inside me and made me more open to the work of pastoral care. However, I must also admit that a battle about this raged inside me when I […]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (1)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part One: The Birth of a Pastor I have been serving as a hospice chaplain for almost thirteen years now, so my daily work involves visiting those who are in the final season of life, along with their families, friends, and caregivers. Before that, I was in […]