August 2013

In which I reveal that I might be a closet Catholic

August 29, 2013

Yesterday I was banned from a Facebook group for refusing to admit that I’m Catholic. The discussion at hand was whether or not Peter was the first Pope and if Jesus recognized Peter as “the rock” upon which he would build his Church. To be clear, I’m not Catholic and I don’t recognize the authority […]

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August 23, 2013

N.T. Wright on the Bible: There are many, many issues where I say I am committed to believing this text whenever I figure out what on earth it’s supposed to mean, which at the moment I don’t think I know.

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Is Islam a religion of peace?

August 20, 2013

Let’s take a look at some Arabic texts and their English translations:

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Catholics and Protestants in Conversation

August 18, 2013

I recently witnessed the following exchange on Facebook between a Catholic and a Protestant.

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A Response to Rachel Held Evans

August 16, 2013

A response to Rachel Held Evans’ piece: You Don’t Hate Me. You Hate My Brand. No, people aren’t reducible to a brand. But to complain that people are judging you by your creative output is arrogant and naive. Don’t want people to criticize your theology? Don’t publicly take theological stands. Don’t want to deal with […]

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John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

August 14, 2013

From the original liner notes to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme:

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Found or Not Found? An Examination of 2 Peter 3.10

August 11, 2013

Let’s briefly take a look at one of the knottiest textual problems in the New Testament: 2 Peter 3.10. For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll set aside issues of canonicity (hotly-contested) and authorship (not Peter) and simply focus on the text of this single verse.

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“It was the music that drew me”

August 7, 2013

There are plenty of horror stories about Christians trying to proselytize others, but here’s a brief story about how God can accomplish things without our help. As a young child, jazz musician Derrick Hodge was out running errands with his mother:

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You are NOT God’s Masterpiece

August 3, 2013

The New Living Translations of Ephesians 2.10 says “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” I’ve often heard this verse extolled as a sort of self-affirming mantra to fall back on when you’re feeling down about […]

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Pauline Authorship Survey Chart

August 1, 2013

James McGrath posted a chart of the results of survey regarding the authorship of the Pauline epistles. He points out that “seeing the numbers” can provide a quick summation of scholarly opinion. But for me, visualizing those numbers is even better, so I put together this quick chart based on the data: Be sure to […]

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