Leroy Huizenga is chair of the department of theology and director of the Christian Leadership Center at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. His personal website is LeroyHuizenga.com.

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God With Us, Every Day

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There is nothing new under the sun. True enough when the pessimistic author of Ecclesiastes penned the phrase, and true enough today. Except for one thing: the Incarnation, the Christian claim that God became man in Jesus Christ. The Incarnation really is something new. Prior to the conception of Jesus, God was not a human being. With the conception of Jesus, God was and remains for all time a human being… . Continue Reading »

How Microphones Muffle Good Preaching

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Technology changes things. Perhaps that seems obvious; one need think only of the advances made in areas such as medicine and agriculture in the last century. But when it comes to modern media like radio, television, and the internet, we can be guilty of a certain level of naiveté about the effects of technology on our lives, especially as people of faith… . Continue Reading »

The End of the Age of Great Bibles?

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Growing up in the 1980s, it seemed there were a few basic Bible translations different Christians in my circles used. My Evangelical friends had the New International Version (NIV), we Lutherans had the Revised Standard Version (RSV), and my fundamentalist friends had the King James (KJV). My Catholic friends had their own various translations, either the official New American Bible (NAB), the Jerusalem Bible, or the Douay-Rheims. Many people also had the paraphrase The Living Bible on hand… . Continue Reading »

Re: Ranking Theology Programs

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Having studied at Princeton, Duke, and Frankfurt, and having taught for several years at Wheaton College, I read Rusty Reno’s OTS piece today with great interest. I’d also want to second a comment calling for more attention to Wheaton and Trinity. Wheaton’s young doctoral program . . . . Continue Reading »

Another Bible Recommendation

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My thanks to J. Mark Bertrand for his article on the homepage today offering Bible-buying recommendations. I’d also mention for Catholics the Ignatius Bible: Second Catholic Edition . It’s a Catholic revision of the RSV first done in the 1960s and recently revised again in light of . . . . Continue Reading »

RE: Against the RSV

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I think the RSV — in whatever edition, including Ignatius’ 2nd Catholic Edition — is better than MBD gives it credit for. It stands in the grand tradition of English Bibles, beginning with Tyndale, it’s accurate and readable and dignified. The ESV is based on the RSV, but it has . . . . Continue Reading »

Our Creative Minority Moment

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Barack Obama’s victory has crushed conservatism, ended the Republic, and ushered in a thousand years of darkness. Or such was the mood last week among many political conservatives, who saw this election’s results as the sign of the death of our free republic, the people surrendering the risks and rewards of liberty for the certain thin gruel of a dole. And many traditional Christians spoke about the reelection of our American President in even darker, apocalyptic tones, as if the man were Nero redivivus… . Continue Reading »