God’s Country Wins Christianity Today Award of Merit

We’re celebrating here at Doxology Project after yesterday’s announcement that my book, God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church won an Award of Merit in Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards! Read more

To deal with fear, get humility

Fear’s cure starts in humility. It’s taking on the attitude that God is good and that God’s will for us is our growth in Christlikeness, and that God will bring that good work to completion regardless of sickness or financial failures or the gunman who barges in to the back of the church. Read more

The Gospel of God’s Judgment

Advent celebrates the manger that leads to the cross that bursts through to the resurrection that awaits the coming again. It’s the beginning of the gospel of God’s judgment. Read more

On planting garlic on Thanksgiving

Sacrifice is not just a one-off event; it’s a way of life. We’re called to live in ways that point toward God and that are committed to something greater than ourselves. Read more

Why Getting Revelation Right Matters

The Rapture raises the erroneous expectation that our comfortable Western life will continue unbroken until the end. We’ll fly from the sofa to heaven without having to experience any suffering for our faith in between. Read more

Saints below and saints above

On this All Saints Day, let us remember the church in heaven that is joined to us on earth. The church in heaven is not passively asleep, but rather a throng of people worshiping God, continuously offering up prayers that God’s will be accomplished on earth as in heaven. Let us remember loved ones who have passed into glory, but also remember that their work of praise and prayer is not over. Read more

Discovering communion on a frisbee player’s leg

We all too often confuse this deep and steadfast communion originating in Christ with passing friendliness or structural relationships or ties of blood and relatedness. But all of these forms of communion pale in comparison to the communion wrought at the Lord’s table. Read more

The Fruit of Disappointment

The flip side of disappointment is gratitude. It’s receiving life itself as a gift–a little bit better than we could have imagined. Read more

When the door doesn’t open

Closed doors can shatter our false images of who Jesus is and what Jesus should do. Closed doors point us beyond Jesus the life coach toward Jesus the crucified savior–less fist bump and more sweating great drops of blood. Read more

The impossibility of preaching

Good preaching requires a willingness to speak God’s word, a dose of creativity, and a sensitivity to the needs of the listening church. Read more

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