Preeminent historian Mark Noll examines the effects of Protestantism on the world in commemoration of the Reformation — while Halloween is usually celebrated on October 31st, it is also the date Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door to the Catholic church in Wittenberg.
Christianity Today presents an excerpt from N. T. Wright’s new book on Jesus (yes, another one). The excerpt provides a very nice summation of Wright’s Jesus-ology, and describes the new impulse in church life — one that emphasizes the life of the church in the present rather than the future life in heaven. As Wright says, “the church, the community that hails Jesus as Lord and king, and feasts at his table celebrating his victorious death and resurrection, is constituted as “the body of the Messiah.” This famous Pauline image is not a random “illustration.” It expresses Paul’s conviction that this is the way in which Jesus now exercises his rule in the world—through the church, which is his Body.”
Christianity Today also provides an interview with theologian Thomas Oden, who discusses his love affair with studying the church fathers.
Susan Stamper Brown critiques the “collectivism” of Sojourners president Jim Wallis and argues that “the same God who cares about poverty also cares about work.”
Micha Boyett Hohorst, over at the blog Her.meneutics, wonders “What if I don’t want to be a feminist?”