The Unfamiliar Testament

Last week I read a fascinating book called The Old Testament is Dying (2017, Baker Academic) by Brent Strawn, an Old Testament professor from Candler Seminary at Emory. I found I couldn’t stop reading it once I started, partly because it’s so engagingly...

The benefits of growing up

In preparation for Bible Study and for tomorrow’s worship service, I’ve been thinking about the New Testament idea of maturity. According to the apostle Paul, we are growing toward maturity in Christ. This is God’s intention for us, as we see in...

The Church and November 11

Thinking Christianly An old theology professor of mine used to tell us that one of his goals with our classes was to help us to learn to “think Christianly.” He wanted us to develop a habit of mind that would help us to see all of life through Christian eyes. This...

On Blogging, and on Prayer

I think I would be unsettled to know the number of times in the past year that “write a blog post” has been on my to-do list for the day. The reason I’d be unsettled, of course, is that I’ve written very few posts recently. But like attending church for many people...

Francis de Sales on being formed in Christ

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) is known to Christian history as one of the great spiritual directors, meaning he would help people discern ways of paying attention to God in their own situations. He didn’t just give general advice; he spoke with friends about how...