Jeff Cook on Erasing Hell

You should  check out the very interesting posts by Jeff Cook on Erasing Hell if you haven’t already over at Jesus Creed. The last one is here with currently 128 comments. In this post, Jeff critiques the hermeneutic which lies behind the main question of the book: Are we willing to submit our reason and [Read More...]

The traditional doctrine of hell is both immoral & unintelligible

I’m doing a series on hell in my college ministry called “Hell No, Hell Yes?” and will be giving a short lecture on hell to our 30 plus ministry staff at church. So hell is something I continue to reflect on a fresh. I’ve begun to read a fascinating book on hell (Scot McKnight recommended [Read More...]

What’s your busiest time of year?

This fall is the second since I began working in church ministry again as the College Pastor at Christ Community Church. In some ways I’m still getting used to the rhythm of a bio-vocational career of academy and church. I can say with a good bit of certainty that the late summer/early fall is the [Read More...]

To Change the World 2

I’ve recently begun a series of posts on James Hunter’s book To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. We pick it up with chapter one – Christian faith and the Task of World-Change Hunter begins with the foundation of God’s creational mandate. God created the world [Read More...]

Writing Style 9

“Elegance” would not be the first word that would come to anyone’s mind that read my writing style. If I were to evaluate my own perception of my writing, I would say I’m as elegant as Fred Flintstone. Elegance is the subject of Lesson 9 in Williams and Colomb’s useful book on writing style Style: [Read More...]

Troubling News about Incoming College Freshman

The Chicago Sun-Times’ front page story this morning is troubling to those of us who will be welcoming a new class of college freshman into our lecture halls in the next couple of weeks. Three-quarters of them are not ready for university studies! More than three-quarters of Illinois high school graduates aren’t completely ready for [Read More...]

Portraits of Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Metaxas and Schlingensiepen

While traveling to and from the Czech Republic, I completed Schlingensiepen’s biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance. This is the second of two really good biographies I’ve read on Bonhoeffer this year. The first is the much enjoyed, and maligned, biography by Eric Metaxas Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. [Read More...]

How’s this for two days . . . Prague & Yankee Stadium, NYC

In the last two days, I’ve been in Prague, London and New York City. Not something you do often. On August 8th, on our last day in the Czech Republic, I spent an amazing day in city of Prague. I was particularly interested in sites related to Jan Hus. I’ve been a bit infatuated with [Read More...]