- Really Practical Theology: Pastors, teachers, parents, and employers are daily deluged with people’s problems. Oftentimes we resort to simplistic and formulaic practical counsel that has short-term benefits at best. Other times we are tempted to ignore the problems, to deny them, to run from them, or sometimes just to give up….Stop and study the attributes of God.
- Returning to the Sermon on the Mount (NYT): Read alone, the Sermon on the Mount will either confuse us or merely reinforce the moral prejudices we bring to it. To profit from its wisdom we need to understand it through traditions of thought and practice within or informed by Christianity. This does not require membership in any particular church, but it does require immersion in the culture and history of the Christian world. In this sense, to forget the church is to forget Jesus.
- Learning to Delight in Scripture: When you read Bible verses in which the author talks about loving or delighting in Scripture itself, how do you usually respond? For me personally, I often feel guilty or anxious about the lack of these verbs in my life. I have even doubted my salvation on occasion when forced to admit that I do not love or delight in God’s word as much as I “should.”
- The Upside of Ignorance: The joy of not knowing, of learning by learning that you were wrong, is one of the chief joys—and one of the great benefits—of science, Stuart Firestein, author of Ignorance, explains in an interview with Casey Schwartz.
- Evangelical Leader Chuck Colson Dead at 80. You should also check out Chuck Colson Taught Me How to Think.
- A recent poll ranks Seattle and Portland as America’s favorite cities.