State of the Union

What did you think of the President’s speech? Anything raise flags for you? Any major shifts? I’ve done my best to convince myself that the media are overswarming this State of the Union address, and I keep saying to myself, “Good grief, this is just one year in.” But the facts keep defeating that thought: [Read More...]

Jesus and Bonhoeffer

My Jesus of Nazareth class this semester has a new wrinkle. We begin by reciting the Jesus Creed, we have a short quiz, and then — here’s the new part — I read aloud 2-3 pages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic: Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 4) . I like the tile of this complete edition [Read More...]

iPad … what do you think?

What do you think of Apple’s announcement? [Read more...]

Acts and Mission 83

It is too easy to assign pastoral theology to the Pastoral letters of Paul; I believe 2 Corinthians contains some of the best pastoral theology of Paul, and the passage in Acts 20 of Paul’s last meeting with the followers of Jesus from Ephesus is a wonderful display of a missional pastoral theology … but [Read More...]

Lengthening Our Memory 3

Chris Hall, in Worshiping With the Church Fathers , examines in his second chp the central focus of the early Christian’s sense of worship: eucharist. (I didn’t say the “central focus of the NT’s sense of worship” though some will say I quibble.) Eucharist … a story. Not all that long ago, I was sitting around [Read More...]

Preparing for Lent

Some (low church) folks roll their eyes when they see that word “Lent” in the title of this post, and other (often high church) folks said, “Ah, yes, something for all of us.” The Church calendar is designed to embody the gospel itself on an annual basis: we begin the birth of the Messiah and [Read More...]


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