“Come, Let Us Reason Together…”

Aristotle taught us to reason from premises. We have to start somewhere. It behooves us, then, to work toward shared premises, meaning premises that can be agreed by all sides of a debate. Recently, in a congregational confession at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, we learned this: That served as one of the major premisesContinue reading ““Come, Let Us Reason Together…””

The Perfect March Madness Bracket, Part II

In the last post, we saw that the odds of picking the two play-in games and the Final Four perfectly are a straightforward 1/32.  Three out of every 100 people will pick those five games perfectly, on average.  But there are 60 more games to pick, and the simplest method of estimating those odds isContinue reading “The Perfect March Madness Bracket, Part II”

Understanding “Inspiration” – 02

In the first post in this series I laid out the origins of my search for an alternative understanding of “inspiration” as it pertains to our Holy Scriptures.  And they are holy.  So much so that I must admit to being obsessed by them and the risen Christ to whom they piont. That first postContinue reading “Understanding “Inspiration” – 02″

An Open Invitation to the Pat-Robertson-Shushers

How utterly delicious. Several prominent members of the Restoration-heritage blogosphere (of which PreacherMike is but one), and many beyond that little fraternity, are fond of telling Pat Robertson and his conservative-evangelical ilk to shut up instead of laying natural disasters at the foot of God as judgment for systemic, social immorality…as Robertson frequently does. I happenContinue reading “An Open Invitation to the Pat-Robertson-Shushers”

The Ecology of the Christian Church

It may sound pionty-headed – in fact, qb’s quite sure that it does – but qb has just discovered a rich stream of ecology literature that may substantially explain why dissidents – vocational, counterculture prophets – are essential to the long-term health and sustainability of communities (even, and perhaps particularly, Christian ones). And a bonus:Continue reading “The Ecology of the Christian Church”

A Jubilee Society

Brueggemann got me thinking over lunch today. Is it possible to conceive of a society in which dramatic, decisive acts of forgiveness – think of Jubilee, for example – do NOT invite the cynical mentality of contempt and the destructive habits of entitlement on the part of those forgiven? (Consider e. g. Romans 6:1ff.) AmongContinue reading “A Jubilee Society”

Brueggemann: Preaching as Re-Imagining

*sigh* Where to start? —– In retrospect, qb’s glad he started his Walter Brueggemann era by reading The Prophetic Imagination a couple of years ago.  That’s where Brueggemann, a preeminent Old Testament scholar from the Atlanta metropolitan area, lays out his most sweeping homiletical themes.  And those themes resound gloriously in The Word Militant:  Preaching aContinue reading “Brueggemann: Preaching as Re-Imagining”

Wright and Willard Again

When qb engages in field research to estimate a quantity like, for example, an emission flux of particulate matter from a feedyard’s corral surfaces, his confidence in the reliability of the estimates improves when he gets the same range of numbers using multiple independent methods.  That kind of convergence is not sufficient for a claimContinue reading “Wright and Willard Again”

Jefferson, Publius, and Franklin on Limited Government

It’s self-evident, but perhaps we need to be reminded.  Here is the text of Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the U. S. Constitution: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the UnitedContinue reading “Jefferson, Publius, and Franklin on Limited Government”

Feasting on the RiverWalk

A couple of quick reviews in case you’re interested in eating along the San Antonio River downtown.  Time was, food along the river was ordinary or worse; the cafes were trading on location and setting – patios along a romantic promenade – but definitely not on the quality of the food. Times, as they say,Continue reading “Feasting on the RiverWalk”