By Joel A. Hess - This month, people around the world will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Five hundred years ago, a little-known monk and professor at a little-known college in Germany nailed 95 statements against the popular practice of selling indulgences. He assumed a good discussion would follow and that the … Continue reading Happy 2000th Anniversary of the Reformation!
By Bob Hiller - Remember that song by Garth Brooks where he sang, “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers?” Yeah, unfortunately, so do I. It’s this sappy romantic song about how Garth and his wife went back to his hometown and ran across his boyhood crush, the one he had prayed and prayed for … Continue reading I Cannot Stop Listening: Gut Reactions to the New Derek Webb Album
By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament lesson for this Sunday, October 1, 2017, is from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel. The Text is Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32. The text could very well include the entirety of chapter 18 because the overall theme and focus is one. This theme is one of “justification” or “damnation” … Continue reading OT Encounters: The Desire of God
By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament lesson for this Sunday, September 17, 2017, is from Genesis, the first book of the Torah/Pentateuch. The text is Genesis 50:15-21, a short account, but it also contains the ONLY EXPLICIT theological statement in the Joseph narratives (chapters 37-50). This statement in chapter 50 is a condensed … Continue reading OT Encounters: When God uses Evil
By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament Lesson for this Sunday, September 10, 2017, is from the book of the prophet Ezekiel. The text is Ezekiel 33:7-9, a short section that proves to be a pivotal part of Ezekiel. It is helpful to first back up to Ezekiel chapters 2 and 3. You may recall … Continue reading OT Encounters: Causing the Watchman
By Bob Hiller - I was a great basketball player when I was younger. I was famous for hitting clutch shots when the clock was running out. I could make incredible behind-the-back layups, making my opponents look like fools. Michael Jordan would have been jealous of my fall-away jumper. I was basically unstoppable. Well, “unstoppable” … Continue reading Social Media Is Ruining Theologians
By Tim Winterstein - If The Godfather did not exist, my list of favorite movies would probably begin with The Apostle. It's certainly the movie I have watched most. Robert Duvall is brilliant and complicated. For a long time after, I couldn't watch him in any other role without thinking of the Apostle E.F. because … Continue reading Augustine to Apostle E.F.