December 2012

Musical History in the Making

December 30, 2012

As I write this, we are in the midst of a momentous event in musical history: the greatest living jazz musician has been performing the greatest music of the greatest musician of the 20th century. That’s right, Wynton Marsalis has been performing the music of Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Hot Sevens all this week […]

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Follow-Up: Can you be a Christian and still believe … ?

December 29, 2012

My post Can you be a Christian and still believe … ? caused quite a bit of furor on the interwebs, so I’d like to take a moment to offer a few explanatory notes as well as provide some resources for further exploration of these topics. First, the point of the post wasn’t to provide a […]

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Can you be a Christian and still believe … ?

December 28, 2012

Guess what? You can still be a Christian even if you believe that: Evolution is true. The Bible isn’t inerrant. Women have the same rights as men. Homosexuality isn’t a sin. Owning a gun isn’t a God-given right. America isn’t God’s chosen country. Republicans aren’t God’s chosen political party. The modern state of Israel isn’t […]

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Christmas Conspiracy?

December 26, 2012

On Christmas Eve I received a padded manila envelope in the mail. It was addressed to me in careful script. The return address listed a PO box in North Carolina and a name I’ve never heard of (if you’re reading this, hello!). In tiny letters on the lower right corner of the envelope was written […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012
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Psalm 8 — A Poem

December 23, 2012

Psalm 8 I stare into the night, straining to see past the stars, trying to catch a glimpse of your hands. My hands reach out, clean and pale and soft, the darkness slides between my fingers. Yours must be worn and tired, the scarred hands of a sculptor whose work has faded into obscurity. The […]

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Love God with all your…

December 17, 2012

In a recent article discussing the New Living Translation, Daniel Block argues in favor of dynamic equivalence translation (“thought for thought”) over formal equivalence translation (“word for word”). He claims that Jesus himself favored this translation philosophy, citing the differences between Luke 10.27 and Deuteronomy 6.5 as evidence. Block says:

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No Words

December 14, 2012
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Should Experience Determine Doctrine?

December 12, 2012

I recently heard a pastor say that “experience shouldn’t determine our doctrine, only the Bible should.” He went on to explain that we might experience all sorts of things that lead us to believe one thing or another, but that the only true, infallible source of doctrine is the Bible and whenever our experience causes […]

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The Hell-Raiser Letter

December 9, 2012

I recently wrote a letter to the New Yorker in response to their profile of Rob Bell. It was published in the 17 December, 2012 issue. You can read it on their site here, or below: Kelefa Sanneh’s Profile of the ex-megachurch pastor and ersatz theological liberal Rob Bell provides a fascinating glimpse inside the […]

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