In his recent blog post on euthanasia, pastor Kerry Bender wrestles with the conflicting emotions he feels as he contemplates his father’s demise from Alzheimer’s. Kerry asserts that belief trumps feelings, even though he recognizes belief is shaped by both feelings and intellect. For him, belief in God, resurrection, and image-bearing stay any impulse to hasten his father’s death through human manipulation.
Bender goes farther than many… Continue reading
The courtroom is a powerful symbol in our popular culture. The phrase “the verdict is in…” appears in settings ranging from advertising comparisons of different kinds of shampoo to opinion polls on political issues to arguments for and against God. As a practicing lawyer, law professor, and theology student, I find this use of courtroom metaphors fascinating and sometimes troubling. In particular, I worry that the popularity of courtroom apologetics… Continue reading
The quotes in this article are from J.R Tolkien’s classic tale, The Hobbit. Tolkien insisted that his Ring stories were not to be read as allegory but… Continue reading
For the last several years, however, he has been confined to a hospital bed or to… Continue reading
Sigmund Brouwer is better known for his children’s books than for serious books that wrestle with philosophical questions, so perhaps it is appropriate that Who Made the Moon? is addressed to his two young daughters. In fact one of the stated purposes of the book can be found in these words of praise for… Continue reading
I’m feeling pretty small right now. Insignificant, in fact, and wonderfully so.
I just spent twenty minutes reading about the new image just released by NASA from the Hubble Space Telescope, dubbed the XDF or eXtra Deep Field. Hubble spent around 500 hours staring at this tiny sliver of the sky in order to… Continue reading
Pastor John Van Sloten of New Hope Calgary preaches on the Hydrology of the Bow River.
These are thoughts and reflections from a recent sermon by Pastor Kerry Bender on 1Corinthians 12:12-31a, preached at Faith Baptist Church, 4350 Russell Ave N, Minneapolis, MN. To listen to the sermon please visit www.faithmpls.org. This post originally appeared on Pastor Bendor’s blog here.
Paul’s imagery of the Church being the body of Christ is beautiful. To an… Continue reading
In a recent post on the Cosmos website, Pastor Kerry Bender expressed his misgivings about the “two books” metaphor often used in faith and science discussions. I appreciate Pastor Bender’s comments because I, too, think the limits of this metaphor should be explored. I think some of Pastor Bender’s concerns, however, are somewhat misplaced.
For Pastor Bender, the primary issues are “authority … unity … and equality.” He… Continue reading
Over the course of the last year, I have struggled with the metaphor of the “Two Books.” It is a metaphor that has become quite popular in certain Christian circles to describe the relationship between Scripture and creation — a way of recognizing that we hear the voice of God speaking not only through Scripture but also through His creation. There is much in this metaphor that commends itself to… Continue reading
I am continually amazed as I think about the nature of our world. We live in constant interaction with the molecules of the universe. We perceive things around us as solid objects: the keyboard on which I pound out these words, the desk on which my computer sits, and the dense mass of the mountains I can see out my window. We also perceive things in between the solid objects… Continue reading
2011 Pastoral Science member Kerry Bender preaches a fantastic sermon about Creation Care from within a robustly Christian framework. You can download the audio here, or read this post on Kerry’s blog where he addresses quesitons received via text during the sermon from his congregation.
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To begin, I’ll note that my first “reading” of The Greatest Show on Earth was of the audio book version. I highly recommend experiencing the book in this way. The book is read by Dawkins himself, as well as his wife Lalla Ward. Throughout the audio book Dawkins and Ward read the book in a conversational and engaging tone that make the science accessible and the experience enjoyable. The audio… Continue reading
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