Recently I have been re reading Henri Nouwen’s book Life of the Beloved and I’ve been thinking again about “chosenness”. In my Presbyterian tradition and in the larger Reformed tradition, chosenness can be awkward and difficult topic.The idea that we are chosen gets equated with election and also with predestination. The popular usage of those terms misses […]

How Do We Read the Bible, Historically?

Earlier this week at Jesus Creed, the topic was Biblical authority and the historical reliability of the Bible.  ( by the way, the Jesus Creed post-God, Science, and Evolution is worth a read as well).  These sorts of discussion always cause me to wonder why some of us  Christians are so insistent that Scripture conform […]

Health care, “Birthers”, and the Moons of Jupiter

Yes, these all really do have something in common. Let me explain. I don’t know about you, but I have been amazed to hear, read, and receive via e mail claims that the health care reform bill before Congress mandates euthanasia of the elderly or impaired (among several other odd and unsubstantiated claims). I’m not […]