Madness in the Bible

Here’s a paper I’ll be reading at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Houston March 2-3.

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Announcing My New Devotional Book

I published a 40-day devotional guide called Winning Ways: Inspiration for Uncommon Living. You can order a physical copy for $6.99 by clicking here, or a Kindle copy for $3.49 by clicking here.

According to the Bible, a lot can take place in forty days. Noah’s entire world was changed by forty days of rain. Moses spent forty days on Mount Sinai and came back with the Ten Commandments. Israel’s spies spent forty days in the Promised Land. A shepherd boy named David had enough after forty days of Goliath’s taunts. God sustained his prophet Elijah for forty days on a single meal. The pagan city of Nineveh repented when given forty days to do so. Jesus himself was prepared for his life’s work after forty days in the wilderness. And the disciples were prepared for their life’s work after spending forty days with Jesus after his resurrection.

What could happen to your life in just forty days?

Let’s find out! In these pages you’ll find inspiration for uncommon living. Pick a day to start, and let this book guide you into deeper fellowship with God.

Sundry Dinner for February 22

Thoughts, Prayers Prove Ineffective At Preventing Neil DeGrasse Tyson From Saying Moronic Things On Twitter


Why did slaves adopt their oppressor’s religion? And how did they transform it? Here’s Dante Stewart’s answer. And here’s Mark Galli’s 2014 article on the same subject, “The Inconceivable Start of African-American Christianity.”


Here are some user-friendly short, animated videos on philosopher Alvin Plantinga’s most important contributions to the philosophy of religion. These ideas transformed how those within philosophy and the surrounding culture understood theism – the belief in a divine reality or god. In 2017 Plantinga was awarded the the Templeton Prize which each year honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.


Don’t Look Away: What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns


Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals apparel company, has become another figure in the battle over religious liberty for refusing to print T-shirts for a gay pride festival because of his Christian beliefs. Story


Sundry Dinner for February 15


Artist Hilariously Imagines What’s Just Out Of The Frame Of Famous Album Covers


Purpose Found: Kelly Clark, the greatest snowboarder in history, discovered God through her pursuit to learn more about herself. This fine story was posted before the Olympics. She didn’t medal, and she reports that she’s at peace now that her identity is secure not in her performance but in what God thinks of her.


Sermon Illustration Alert: Couple sells everything for sailboat. It sinks on day 2


All the Best Picture nominees combined made less money than ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’


Man dies 23 days after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot.


“What if rich did not have to mean wealthy, and whole did not have to mean healed? What if being people of ‘the gospel’ meant that we are simply people with good news? God is here. We are loved. It is enough.” I liked Kate Bowler’s New York Times Sunday Review piece, “Death, the Prosperity Gospel, and Me.” Here’s how she ends a follow-up piece in Christianity Today, “God Came to Me in My Cancer.”


Denny Burk: Is it okay for the state to take your child away because you won’t affirm his transgender feelings?


Conor Friedersdorf describes “an unfortunate trend in modern communication” of refusing to actually process and relay someone’s actual beliefs in an interview. He uses an infamous BBC interview with Jordan Peterson as an example, where Cathy Newman of Britain’s Channel 4 News “distorted, simplified and restated his views to make them appear offensive and cartoonish,” as David Brooks put it in a NYT piece.

Sundry Dinner for January 25

Bad Coffee Will Make You a Happier Person. Um…no.


The problem with curated photos on social media. Read this guy’s self-reflection on why he posts on social media (and whether he should). Read it, and then let’s do some self-reflection of our own.


How To Communicate With People Who Disagree With You. Research suggests oral, not written, communication works best.


“Of course we need art to explore the darkest recesses of our lives and minds. But we also need art to tell us why this world is worth loving, and therefore saving….Joy is one kind of courage.” Christian Wiman


“The University of Texas at Austin received nearly $300 million last year in oil money with no strings attached. It spent just $38 million on financial aid and left $244 million in the bank…. If the UT system’s choices are at all representative of well-endowed institutions across the country, we can pretty safely conclude that universities spend their endowments primarily to elevate their status—not to help students afford college.” How Rich Universities Waste Their Endowments


Listen to former gymnast Rachael Denhollander addressing the court—and her abuser—during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nasser, the former Team USA gymnastics doctor who molested her 16 years ago at his Michigan State University clinic. An incredible testimony to the grace and justice of Jesus Christ.


The Texas Rally for Life is this Saturday. I’ve been asked to offer a prayer in the program. In preparation for the Texas Rally for Life, here are some articles:

How Poetry Might Change the Pro-Life Debate


The Atlantic: Science Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a Boost


Julia Dunn: “Only the New York Times would turn a story about religious people trying to get big government off their back into an effort to discriminate against LGBT people and women….Do government officials have the right to force citizens to take actions that violate the doctrines of their faith? If so, under what circumstances…? We are not seeing many news stories that offer serious, accurate reporting on the beliefs and concerns of people on both sides of this debate. Why is that?”


Overreach Is the Part of Obama’s Legacy That Trump Should Undo. And He Is. Ed Stetzer: “The Obama administration, as many of us know, was seen as less than accommodating to individuals and groups with deeply-held religious convictions when those conflicted with new politics and laws. Instead of expanding opportunities for conscience-based objections, the Obama administration approach was one that stifled thoughtful conversation and prevented compromise. And, most importantly, they did not make appropriate accommodations for religious beliefs….Rather than seeking to find reasonable accommodation for sincerely held religious belief, they consistently overreached with unhelpful mandates and more….People should not be forced to participate in actions that violate their conscience. These are deep values for our nation and ones that, unfortunately, we seem to have gotten away from in recent years. What Trump’s administration is doing, in returning to the rules of just a few years ago, is moving us from an unhealthy pendulum swing.”

About Tom

ANCHOR COURSE LOGO Tom Goodman is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, and he holds a doctorate from New Orleans Seminary. He has served as pastor in Louisiana, north Texas, and overseas in Grand Cayman before becoming the pastor of Hillcrest Church in Austin, Texas. Diane and Tom have been married since their days at Baylor University, and they have two sons, Michael and Stephen. Tom enjoys scuba diving, watching the latest Netflix DVD with Diane, and chasing mis-hit golf balls.