Unapologetic Preaching

Asked to review James MacDonald’s Vertical Church by the fine people who bring you Patheos, it seemed only appropriate to do that here (there is a discussion of the book going on at The Patheos Book Club blog). As the title implies, Vertical Church is a plea for the people of God (and particularly those who lead them) [Read More...]

The Hilarious Violence of Grace

Grace is a nice idea until it happens to you. Theologian George Hunsinger writes, Grace does not mean continuity but radical discontinuity, not reform but revolution, not violence but nonviolence, not the perfecting of virtues but the forgiveness of sins, not improvement but resurrection from the dead. He continues, grace is not a matter of repairing [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Tally the “God” References at Political Conventions

I’m seeing a number of comparisons of the RNC and the DNC regarding the number of “God” references, and references to “Scripture” in speeches. Then there was that kurfuffle at the DNC about taking “God” out of the party platform, then re-inserting the language after it was put to the convention floor. I think God [Read More...]

Tony Jones is Doing Apologetics!

Emergent theologian Tony Jones is starting a new blog series called Questions that Haunt Christianity. He’s inviting readers to submit their vexing questions about the Christian faith on Tuesday of each week, and then he’ll answer them on Friday. Jones says, “I’m not afraid of doubt. I, myself, am a doubter. But I consider a [Read More...]

The Temptation of Truth

A wise mentor once told me that to truly understand another’s beliefs is to be tempted by them. This requires a certain love for the truth that extends beyond a certainty that you’ve already found it. Such a genuine love of truth, and the ruthless pursuit of it, is ultimately a search for God. Most [Read More...]

Velázquez, Dwarfs, and the Contradiction of Graceful Painting

The Spanish artist Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) is a contradiction. His disarming virtuosity, combined with an ambivalent attitude toward painting that borders on contempt, resulted in one of the most stunning and enigmatic careers of any artist in the Western tradition. He also produced some of the most graceful paintings in the history of art. Velázquez’s [Read More...]


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