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Apostolic Ghostwriters: John Calvin on whether Saint Peter wrote Second Peter

There have always been questions about the authenticity of the Second Epistle of Peter.  Origen of Alexandria (ca. 215–250) said that “Peter left behind one letter that is acknowledged, and possibly a second, but it is disputed,” and our earliest Canon list, the Muratorian Canon (ca. 170–210), doesn’t include it.  Eusebius (writing ca. 311) noted that its status … Continue reading

The Twilight of Revivalism and the Future of Christian Witness

I am a campus minister, but I am not going to try to “convert” you.  If you ask me how I “became a Christian,” I’ll tell you I was born into a Christian home and was baptized as an infant.  If you ask me how I “got saved,” I’ll tell you that, at least according … Continue reading

Video from our April 12th symposium on Christian faith and evolutionary science

Our first symposium on faith and scholarship was a big hit!  Peter Enns, Sujin Pak, and Greg Reeves gave three great talks and we had a very stimulating panel discussion as well.  You can watch the video here.

Pensée #5: Stanley Hauerwas on the System vs. the Kingdom

Pavlovian Pop-Worship versus Traditional Liturgies: On (just) going through the motions at church

A common reaction that I get from fellow twenty-somethings when I say I go to an Anglican church is a mixture of confusion and contempt.  I regularly get befuddled, exasperated, and even concerned queries of Why? when I express my appreciation for ancient, liturgical forms of worship. Now, I certainly don’t expect it to be obvious to … Continue reading

Pensée #4: Henri Nouwen on Pastoral Conversation

“…[Pastoral] conversation is not merely a skillful use of conversational techniques to manipulate people into the Kingdom of God, but a deep human encounter in which people are willing to put their own faith and doubt, their own hope and despair, their own light and darkness at the disposal of others who want to find … Continue reading

Talking Different Languages: John Calvin on Genesis 1 and Science

The observation that it is hard to square a literal reading of Genesis 1 with science is by no means new.  But that observation has not always been the bur in the Church’s saddle that it seems to be today.  And, in fact, from the very beginning non-literal readings of Genesis 1 have been endorsed … Continue reading

Pensée #3: Henri Nouwen on Broken Ministry

Whether we try to enter into a dislocated world, relate to a convulsive generation, or speak to a dying person, our service will not be perceived as authentic unless it comes from a heart wounded by the suffering about which we speak. ~Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer, p.4

Pensée #2: Wendell Berry on Supply and Demand

Rats and roaches live by competition under the law of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy. ~Wendell Berry, “Economy and Pleasure,” in What are People For?, p. 135

The Bible, Human Reason, and their Limits: The Poverty of “Deductive Approaches to Scripture”

By his own admission, Jesus didn’t know everything.  After warning the disciples about the great, apocalyptic trials that were soon to fall upon Jerusalem and about his own parousia, Jesus says, “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matt 24:36)  And, as … Continue reading

NCSU Graduate Christian Fellowship

Hi! I'm David, the campus minister for InterVarsity's graduate and faculty ministries at NC State and Meredith College. I hope you'll join me as I learn to "practice resurrection" in the City of Oaks, in her universities, and in the wider world. You can contact me at dmwilliams83@gmail.com

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