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LectioCasting and Advent

Hey readers! It's officially Advent. I'll be back with some words on the season soon. But for now I'm directing you to my friend Daniel Kirk's lectionary podcast (aka "LectioCast"). Daniel is a New Testament scholar, author, and blogger. Each week on his podcast he chats with someone else (usually a theologian with ...

“Extending hospitality to the Word of God”: Talking Bible reading and quiet times with Heather Caliri

  My blogging friend Heather Caliri is making plans to release her new ebook, Unquiet Time: A Devotional for the Rest of Us, on October 15. As she gets closer to her release date, she's inviting some friends around the web to share a little of their scripture reading habits and how we approach the Bible. Last week ...

My Summer Away: What I Was Into

  I already told you on Monday that June was a hard month. So I spent most of my time NOT reading. I sat on a couch with a heating pad and watched Austenland about fifteen times. You think I'm kidding.  Listen, if you need a happy romance, if you're sick or sad and you need to watch something that actually makes ...

A Woman of Valor, who can find? (A review of Rachel Held Evans’ A Year of Biblical Womanhood)

A project like A Year of Biblical Womanhood, in which Rachel Held Evans spends a year attempting to follow every specific biblical principle applied to women, could easily have come off as a mockery, one more 300-page joke about how the Bible is backward and legalistic and written by women-hating ancients. Instead Evans ...

‘The Evangelical Rejection of Reason’

If you haven't yet read Monday's op-ed piece in The New York Times, now is your chance. Karl W. Giberson and Randall J. Stephens, both professors at Easter Nazarene College, write with conviction, honesty and fairness toward the anti-intellectualism of the greater Evangelical conversation in our culture. This article was ...

Streams of Belief

There’s something in my personality that doesn’t like to take a position. If you ask me my politics, I’ll say I’m moderate. I lean left on some issues, right on others. If you ask me if I’m Calvinist or Armenian, I’ll say, “I’m for mystery,” because, honestly, I don’t know (and I don’t really think it ...

Wise Stuff My Husband Said {A Series}: The Bible as Friend

Monday night we sat on the couch, me drinking tea slash eating dark chocolate and writing my Thankful Tuesday post while Chris read. My husband interrupted my train of thought to read a section from his ongoing savoring of our beloved Dale Bruner commentary on Matthew 1-12: “Together, Mark and Matthew give us a colorful ...