Charley Friedman’s One Hour Smile (1995)

The most enjoyable part of my work as a museum curator was developing close relationships with artists, giving me privileged access to how they think and work, including opportunities to experience their art at its most vulnerable, in process. From time to time I will share their work as a way to reflect on the theological [Read More...]

100 Days to Go

“100 Days to Go” was one of the main articles in the Sunday edition of the Cleveland paper, The Plain Dealer.  100 days to go before the November election, which those of us fortunate enough to live in the swing state of Ohio are reminded of about a b’zillion times each time the TV is [Read More...]

Jonathan Merritt, the SBC, and the Culture Wars: What’s Next?

Something has exploded on the blogosphere — and I have a feeling it’s only getting started. Jonathan Merritt, a young, up-and-coming Christian author and online columnist (and son of a prominent SBC pastor / former SBC president), has been “outed.” After publishing a column in which he declared his intention to continue to patronize Chic-fil-A [Read More...]

Summer Theology Reading Suggestions

I’m going to jump into the on-going topic (see Daniel Harrell’s posts in this blog) of “summer reading.” Summer is quickly slipping away, it seems, but there’s enough time to get some quality reading done. I’m going to suggest just three books that I think are well-worth your time and money (depending on your interests, [Read More...]

Summer Reading Take Two

Over at a friend’s house the other night, the conversation kept going back to high school as if that was the high peak of people’s lives even as they’ve moved into middle age. What is it about those experiences of youth—the fleeting moments of adventure and love and excitement (or at least as we remember [Read More...]

Art and Culture, or Politics by Other Means—Evangelical Style

Justified by Use Lutheran theologian Oswald Bayer reminds us that in An Essay on Human Understanding, John Locke argues that “person” is a “forensic term.” The need to justify one’s existence to one’s self  and to others, to gain and maintain recognition, is the foundation of the human condition under the sun. In this transactional, [Read More...]

Another shooting…..what’s a Christian to do?

Here we go again.  Another shooting and the very low expectation that we will have serious conversations about the role which guns have in our culture.  The “talking heads” on the various news programs acknowledge that this recent event of the shootings at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, will unlikely produce any substantive conversation [Read More...]

Zombies, Gnosticism, and the Departure of Hope

Today’s post is by guest blogger Tim Conder. Tim is the founding pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, NC and a PhD candidate in “Culture, Curriculum, and Change” at the University of North Carolina. He serves as a board member at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He is also the author of two [Read More...]

Why do Artists Cry?

This is a guest post by Steph Roberts, an artist and art professor in Chicago. She also happens to be my sister. For more information on her and her work (with samples) go here Why do Artists Cry? It’s a bit awkward losing one’s composure in an art museum. The hushed, reserved, brightly lit galleries of [Read More...]

Summer Reading

In a cabin on a lovely little lake (one of ten thousand) just outsidethe Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area in northern Minnesota, it’s only appropriate that I would be reading the reflections of Sigurd Olson, who according to Wikipedia, was “an American author, an environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wilderness. For more than thirty years, he served as a [Read More...]


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