Twister

In the aftermath of another horrific natural disaster, I include a few comments from my book Nature’s Witness reflecting on the theological implications, with no intent to address the deep pastoral concerns for the people in Moore (for that see Rachel Held Evan’s recent tet-a-tet with John Piper). In fact, if you’re suffering in Moore, read this [Read More...]

Minnesota Rice

Friend and law professor Mark Osler wrote yesterday about the climate in Minnesota, both the meteorological and the political. As for the weather, it went from snow one week to 102 degrees the next. Today it’s back in the 50s. I don’t know what clothes to wear. As for the politics, Minnesota is now the [Read More...]

The Future of “Evangelical”? Don’t Miss This Conversation

Over at Respectful Conversation, hosted by Harold Heie, an interesting conversation is underway regarding the place of evangelicalism within larger Christian traditions. What does it mean to be “evangelical” today? Does evangelicalism and evangelicals have a distinct, usable entity? What will be the future of the loose coalition (if it is that) or the “family [Read More...]

Kierk Out

I may have been one of a handful of ministers who devoted his/her sermon this past Sunday to existentialism, but it was Soren Kierkegaard’s 200th birthday. Søren Kierkegaard is the ascribed father of modern existentialism, that philosophical theory which emphasizes the existence of the individual as a free and responsible agent acting in accordance with [Read More...]

“Troubled Minds”: Mental Illness and the Church’s Failure to Address it

Mental illness is on our minds. Recently, Matthew Warren, son of mega-church pastor Rick Warren, took his own life after a long struggle with severe mental illness. This tragedy, directly impacting “America’s pastor,” has brought the discussion of mental illness to the forefront (and, predictably, has also given occasion for the ignorant, un-sympathetic mouthpieces of [Read More...]

“Emerging Prophet” and Kierkegaard’s Big Birthday

Søren Kierkegaard was born on May 5, 1813. In honor of his bicentenary, my publisher is offering a 40% discount on my new book, Emerging Prophet: Kierkegaard and the Postmodern People of God.  (The original list price is $20). To get the discount, just follow the link and enter the coupon code PROPHET in the shopping cart. Here [Read More...]

The Will to Live

Archaeologists excavating a trash pit at the Jamestown colony site in Virginia have found the first physical evidence of cannibalism among the desperate population, corroborating written accounts left behind by witnesses. Cut marks on the skull and skeleton of a 14-year-old girl show that her flesh and brain were removed, presumably to be eaten by [Read More...]


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