Wisdom for Boys

For those that do not regularly speak to teenagers, opportunities to give talks to those in this age group can prove especially challenging.  On the occasion of preparing to give an extended presentation to a group of teen aged boys, Roger Olson shared a working outline.  Among his list of ten items are it’s good to be a boy—and a man, they need to ignore the stereotypes of “manhood”—whether those come at them from their male peers or from the media or anywhere, and they should talk Read More …

Precious Moments Christianity

Roger Olson, professor of theology at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, recently blogged about something he calls Precious Moments Christianity (a term he borrows from Charles Colson).  The term is intended to lead readers to think about Precious Moments figurines or paraphernalia, and to view Christianity through that lens.  Olson identifies ten characteristics of Precious Moments Christianity: No or few expectations of members; Promotion of what Dietrich Read More …

What is Freedom?

Roger Olson, professor of theology at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, wrote an article in the October 2012 edition of Christianity Today exploring how different the popular American view of freedom is from the biblical view (p.35-38). No truth is more pervasive in Scripture and Christian tradition than this one – that real freedom is found in obedience and servanthood.  And yet no truth is more incongruous with modern culture.  Here we stand before a stark Read More …

Teaching = Learning?

Roger Olson is an evangelical scholar who serves as Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.  Recently he blogged about several unhelpful continuing education experiences in his thirty-one years teaching in higher education.  One workshop, focused on communication and teaching, unsettled Olson: . . . the over riding message left me dazed and confused: “If they have not learned, you have not taught.” Huh? No amount of questioning could get the experts Read More …

Review of The Bible Made Impossible

Meet the Author Christian Smith is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.  His research areas include "religion in modernity, adolescents, American evangelicalism, and culture."  Smith has written several books, including The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture (2011), Souls in Transition: The Religious & Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults (2009, with Patricia Read More …

Evangelicals Don’t Have a Pope

Roger Olson is an evangelical scholar who serves as Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.  Recently he blogged about a troubling trend: news reports that don't put their stories in context.  Olson focuses on a prominent evangelical pastor in Texas who stated that Evangelicals must not vote for Presidential candidates who are Mormon, because Mormonism is a cult.  Many of the reports failed to include details about how others characterize Mormonism. Read More …

Theological Humility

Roger Olson is Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.  He is widely regarded as one of the important evangelical voices and writes prolifically for both popular and academic audiences.  Olson has written a number of books including How to Be Evangelical Without Being Conservative, The Story of Christian Theology, and The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology.  His next book,  Against Calvinism: Rescuing God’s Reputation from Radical Reformed Read More …