Pilgrims Together

Scott Hoezee Because I recently traveled to Africa for the first time, I am keenly aware that when going to a place that is completely new, it is vital to have an experienced guide. When it comes to navigating global Christianity, I am in territory that is at least somewhat unfamiliar to me. But no worries: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson knows the …

A Reply to John Van Sloten

OCTOBER 2012: RESPONSE by Scott Hoezee In his attempt to bolster the contention that all of creation is a “text” on which pastors should preach in a way similar to traditional preaching from scripture (“Engaging the Whole Counsel of God,”August/September 2012), John Van Sloten marshals John Calvin to his cause. There is much more I could say in reply to …

A Wider Approach

MAY 2012: REVIEW by Scott Hoezee God Wins: Heaven, Hell, and Why the Good News is Better than Love Wins Mark Galli Tyndale House , 2011 $12.99. 203 pages (includes study guide). Generally speaking, one tends to be suspicious of “instant books.” These days it doesn’t take long to rush a book into print, but the real concern should not …

Touring the Land Where Giants Roamed

APRIL 2012: REVIEW by Scott Hoezee The Best of the Reformed Journal James D. Bratt and ROnald A. Wells, Eds. Eerdmans, 2011 $20.00 325 pages. This new book, like the periodical it memorializes and celebrates, is as plain-Jane as they come. The cover is the equivalent of a plainbrown wrapper: black and white with slight shadings of gray. There’s nothing …

Blessing

It was eight years ago when I first heard this benediction spoken at the conclusion of a worship service. My friend Neal Plantinga and I were attending a conference at Candler Divinity School and one of the worship services at the conference was led by (the now late) Rev. John Claypool, who concluded the service with this blessing. Thankfully Neal …

Beyond Funny

What’s going on these days with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert? As many readers know, these two men are, respectively, the hosts of the Comedy Central programs The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Both are “fake” news shows and both contain just enough bleeped-out language and sexual innuendo to offend a good many Christians. Mr. Colbert began working under …

Thus Saith Google

The volume had fallen behind a row of books in one of my office bookcases–I must have set it on top of a row of books and, at some point, it had gotten knocked to the back of the bookcase. That’s where I found it laying on its spine, a distinct layer of dust covering the edges of its yellowed …

Tribute to Jim Bratt

Among all of us who are currently members of the Perspectives editorial team and board, no one can recall an edition of the magazine or a board meeting that did not involve Jim Bratt. Since 1998 Jim has worked at most every level of the operation, including as one of the main editors across the last half-dozen years. In short …

No Health?

Even before I read Matthew Lundberg’s essay “Tripping over Adverbs” in the February edition of Perspectives, I had planned to write this little reflection for the Lenten Season. What follows may be something of a counter-weight to Lundberg’s reflections on how some of our Lord’s Supper liturgies seem to require more of a pumped-up faith than we may feel able …