Is Reconciliation Worth It?

I’m grateful to Marguerite Stanciu of the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University for drawing attention to the above video. I was there to hear Allan Boesak speak, and it is part lecture, part sermon, and wholly inspirational. I encourage you to give it a listen. [Read more...]

The Dangers of Quantum Theology

From Pliny the In Between, via Jerry Coyne [Read more...]

Refugeaster

This Sunday morning’s service at Crooked Creek Baptist Church was held jointly not just with the members of Grace Tabernacle, a Congolese congregation that has been sharing our building, but with many guests who were here for the “Life After Pain” conference. We had our own choir as well as a Congolese choir, and the [Read More...]

Square Peg, Round Hole

My pastor mentioned in his sermon this past Sunday that you can in fact put a square peg in a round hole. It just does a lot of damage, to both the peg and the hole. There’s a lesson in that. [Read more...]

Canine Sermon

Yesterday’s Bizarro depicts what a dog sermon might sound like – assuming they view humans as angels. It is useful to imagine how other creatures might think about the divine, to remind us how much our own perspective is distinctively human, constrained and influenced by our particular perspective on the world. [Read more...]

The Sermon or the Tears?

Richard Beck shared in a blog post about his experience of preparing and preaching a sermon about hell. Here is the conclusion:  And that was the turning point. Somewhere deep within me I knew, a feeling I’ve never let go of, that there was no way I could reconcile the bullet points of my sermon [Read More...]

Misplaced Gods

I could have called this post several other things. I considered “What in Samhain is going on at Crooked Creek Baptist Church?” or perhaps “Bring Your Gods to Church Day.” But let me start at the beginning. The text for last Sunday’s sermon at my church was Paul’s speech at the Areopagus. My wife was [Read More...]

But Have Not Love

Let me begin with a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13, reworked for students: If I learn to speak in Latin and/or in Chinese, but do not have love, I am only a fire alarm going off in the middle of the night in a student dorm. If I am able to ace organic chemistry exams [Read More...]

Geez Sermon Contest

If you are a scholar or language geek like me, you probably think this post is about writing a homily in Ethiopic. But it isn’t. Geez magazine is looking for people – not necessarily Christians! – who can produce sermons that get away from the tired and painful familiar cliches. You could win up to [Read More...]

Religious Diversity and Alienation

I have been struck by the language some atheist bloggers I read have used in recent days, in reference to how they felt about President Obama’s speech/sermon in Newtown. Alienation. As a progressive Christian, and as someone who has studied Biblical studies, theology, and philosophy of religion, I often feel something that could be described [Read More...]

Excellent Speech on Gay Rights

Via Gawker (HT Joel Watts on Facebook) I heard a brief speech before the Springfield City Council about homosexuality and gay rights, delivered by Rev. Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church in Missouri. Listen to it all the way to the end. UPDATE: Others have since shared the video, including Bob Cargill, who adds some [Read More...]


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