Fuller Seminary and Daniel Kirk

Until today, I had been very impressed with the breadth of Fuller Seminary. They have long managed to maintain a reputation for being Evangelical and yet seriously scholarly, in a way that meant allowing room for a genuine diversity of voices and the kind of creative exploration that is essential to genuine scholarship. I was particularly [Read More...]

Obnoxious For The Lord

I recently heard from an old friend who had attended the same church as me when I was a teenager. As this was someone towards whom I had at one point been a self-righteous, arrogant, judgmental know-it-all, I offered a long-overdue apology. They very graciously accepted it, saying that they too had once been “obnoxious for the Lord.” I love [Read More...]

Dr. Paul Gitwaza to Speak in Indianapolis

I just recently had this event drawn to my attention, and wanted to spread the word. Dr. Gitwaza will also be participating in the licensing service for Emmanuel Musinga at my own church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, on Saturday, June 13th, beginning at 4pm. Here is the announcement from the church Facebook page: Crooked Creek [Read More...]

Visualizing Religious Switching

Mike Bell created the above image, displaying the movement of individuals either remaining within or changing out of their religious communities. The data derives from the Pew surveys. I think this is striking in ways that reading the numbers, or graphing them in other ways, has not been. The fact that greater numbers have moved from the [Read More...]

Transgender and Christianity: From Andi to Bruce Jenner

The subject of transgender has been in the news a great deal lately, with much attention focusing not only on famous athlete Bruce Jenner (and his ABC News interview), but on young children who have known that their perception of their own gender was different from what they were defined as because of their anatomy. [Read More...]

Searching for Sunday

I’m delighted to have the chance to review Rachel Held Evans’ forthcoming book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. If you have read anything of hers before, this is classic Rachel Held Evans. You will laugh out loud, and you will cry. You will be moved by brutally honest stories about the [Read More...]

Does Evangelicalism Make You A Better Person?

In a recent post about why Evangelical Christianity doesn’t make you a better person, Neil Carter wrote the following: Evangelical Christianity Has Messed Up Priorities The evangelical Christian vision of heaven is based on right belief, not on right behavior.  For evangelicals, it’s not the loving, caring, hard-working people of the world who get into [Read More...]

Makes the Trip Seem Quicker

This cartoon from the New Yorker popped up on Facebook as I am sitting in Baltimore airport, waiting for my flight back to Indianapolis. And so it seemed timely as well as funny. But it is interesting to reflect on which religious and non-religious activities are just versions of the same thing, done for comparable [Read More...]

Scholar or Apologist? Why Not Both?

Although this isn’t a case of “two great tastes that taste great together,” I’ve suggested before that “apologist” and “scholar” are not an absolute dichotomy, but a spectrum. I think that point is relevant to the discussion that has exploded in the blogosphere, with Nijay Gupta, Mike Bird, Anthony Le Donne, Jonathan Bernier, Very Rarely [Read More...]

What Does Conservative Christianity Conserve?

[C]onservative Christians have long been engaged in a remarkably successful PR exercise to give the impression that they are the ones who are faithful to the Bible and historic Christianity. But in fact, what they conserve is an older but non-original form of Christianity as it came to be expressed in a particular historical and [Read More...]

Translations of Translations

I am disappointed whenever a student of mine includes in an assignment the profoundly mistaken notion that the Bible we have today is “a translation of a translation of a translation.” But it is all the more disappointing that we find the same idea in Kurt Eichenwald’s Newsweek article which is titled “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.” [Read More...]


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