Glenn Beck at Liberty and America’s Civil Religion

This is hard to believe, from Christianity Today: Fox News commentator Glenn Beck will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University’s May 15 graduation. “Beck is one of the few courageous voices in the national media standing up for the principles upon which this nation was founded,” Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor of Liberty University, said [Read More...]

National Student Leadership Conference

I’m behind when it comes to recording thoughts on speaking engagements, so I want to return to  the fantastic time I had at the National Student Leadership Conference at Taylor. I was in a group of speakers, including Skye Jethani and JR Briggs and Heather Larsen and I’m sure there were others.  It was an [Read More...]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 8-2

We continue in our series on the Psalms, thinking especially about “God” in the prayers of Israel. Our companion is John Goldingay’s commentary (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms). Along with Goldingay I’m giving looks at Robert Alter, The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary . [Read More...]

On Changing Culture 5

James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), offers an interesting perspective on how Christians ought to participate in culture: After sketching the three current approaches (Christian Right, Left and Neo-Anabaptists [today]), he concludes that these approaches are insufficiently [Read More...]

A Question about Jennifer Knapp

When I posted last week about Jennifer Knapp’s decision to come out and openly tell folks, on a place like Christianity Today, my one and only concern was what folks would say about her. I feared the wrath that would come her way. I did my best to avoid deleting comments and being busy that [Read More...]


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