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April 05, 2018
Jesus as an Anglican?: Articles of Religion, the Three Ways, and Scripture
In his exploration of English spirituality, Thornton is not shy about applauding the tradition....
May 01, 2017
Reading a List of the Names of People Who Lived a Long, Long Time Ago and Being Inspired By It
Today I read 1 Chronicles 2, which is nothing more than a list of names...
January 17, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Toughness of Mind, Tenderness of Heart
Today is the only federal holiday designated and observed nationwide specifically for the honoring of...
August 24, 2015
Examining the Call of Women to Christian Leadership
If we accept N.T. Wright’s description of the gospel in Simply Good News—as good news...
October 31, 2014
How to Be a (Better) Protestant in Five Easy Steps
Reformation Day doesn’t make me giddy, but it does afford me the opportunity to think...
September 15, 2014
The Lovely, Lovely Thing (Friends of God 6)
Some of our Friends of God shine like the sun, and their names are...
August 18, 2014
The Green Isle Community (Friends of God 5)
The Friends of God were committed to community. While their associations with each other were...
August 15, 2014
Honesty or Heroism? (Friends of God 4)
When we think of the Middle Ages, and we try to imagine the ordeals people...
August 10, 2014
The Atmosphere of God (Friends of God 3)
Imagine running a large organization—a multinational organization—with thousands of employees, complicated networks of incomes and...
April 18, 2014
Golgotha as Tabor (Friends of God 2)
In light of today's solemnities, and the desire to keep our eyes on the Christ,...
April 11, 2014
Friends of God
Every generation, as it ages, seems to feel that things have gone awry, that the...
March 15, 2014
Neo-Christian Myth #6: The Guest-on-Oprah Complex
It’s tempting to cut this last post out of the series, stop while I’m ahead...
March 04, 2014
Neo-Christian Myth #5: The Velocity of Holiness
There’s a delicious irony in the fact that one of evangelical Christianity’s favorite phrases—“a long...
February 27, 2014
Neo-Christian Myth #4: The Sweet Tooth of American Christianity
When we study church history, the prevailing tension is one between continuity and ingenuity—between...
February 18, 2014
Neo-Christian Myth #3: Muddling Music
Lest I offended preachers everywhere by my last post, I’ll take a moment here to...
February 12, 2014
Neo-Christian Myth #2: the Preaching Pickle
Poor Donald Miller has been web-torched for his post. It has, at this writing, 479...
February 05, 2014
Six Neo-Christian Myths: Exiting the Arc of Christian History
Today I ran across a post by Donald Miller of Blue Like Jazz fame and...
September 24, 2013
Cancer and Divine Immanence
Last week I read Michael Hannon’s reflection on “Cancer and Divine Transcendence” and simply could...
July 01, 2013
Mean St. Francis
I’ve never seen a St. Francis statue like the one that sits in our back...
June 24, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Praying Like Elijah
“What a long way it is between knowing God and loving him!” (f. 377) Ultimately,...
June 10, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Diminishing Your Passions or Increasing Your Hunger
In our last Neo-Pascalian conversation, I indicated that fragment 418 held yet another clue to...
April 24, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Second Step Toward a Make-Believe Faith
I want to begin this part of the conversation acknowledging a comment to my last...
April 09, 2013
Making Room for the In-Laws
Marriage is the ultimate melting pot. Unless you’re one of those whose families knew each...
March 12, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Third Order
In our last Pascalian conversation, I left you with fire. And if you’ve had an...
February 27, 2013
(One of) My History Hang-ups
Any Star Trek fans out there? The Original Series? Do you remember the episode called...
February 25, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Fire
When Pascal died, those who prepared his body for burial found sewn into the lining...
February 18, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: An Indiana Jones Kind of Faith?
Earlier we took a quick look at a scientific experiment conducted by Pascal in 1646,...
February 12, 2013
Pascal, Ash Wednesday, and the Hidden God
In the Anglican Ash Wednesday ritual, we pray for the grace of true repentance. Repentance...
February 05, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Poised Between Two Worlds
Last week we explored the Jansenist effort to reconstruct Christian community as the fellowship of...
January 29, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Augustinian Problem
In pursuing Pascal, it is not long before we come face-to-face with a conundrum. It’s...
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