Veterans’ Day

Remembering today the veterans in my family … my great-great-grandfather, Joseph W. Crowther (Army); my grandfather, Frederick W. Smith (Army); my father (Air Force); uncles (Navy, Air Force, Army); brothers (Army,  Air Force); brother-in-law (Army); great uncle (Navy Seabee); cousins (Army and Air Force); and my two nephews (active duty Army). Did I remember everyone?…

“A Generous Orthodoxy”

Tim Peoples reflects on McLaren. But as much as I support the efforts of Mosaic and Ecclesia to bridge the gap between Protestantism and the older traditions of Catholicism and Orthodoxy, I’m not sure I agree with McLaren’s take on it.  I think the main problem is that he doesn’t appreciate the importance of difference–because…

A Great Performance: Sting Unplugged

I never appreciated Eric Clapton until he recorded his “Unplugged” album. That was a revelation to me. Last night, watching PBS’ “Great Performances,” I had a similar revelation. I sat spellbound watching and listening to Sting perform the music of John Dowland (d. 1626) with lutenist Edin Karamazov. Songs from the Labyrinth is the name…

Rice’s “Open Theism”

Richard Rice, a professor of theology at Loma Linda University, has made a big impact in evangelical circles through his “open theism” concept. Friday night he gave a presentation on the matter; Dave Larson reports. I had several graduate courses from Rice when I was at Loma Linda, four years after he published his book,…