Maps vs. Reality

The Atlantic: What can we do to become more aware of the ignored, the invisible, the unmapped? Maps have always had a way of bluntly illustrating power. Simply appearing on one can be enough to make a place or community matter. Meanwhile, absence from “the map” conveys something quite the opposite. Recall 19th century colonial surveys [Read More...]

ECF Grant Awards

I’m quite honored to announce that biologist at Trinity Western, Dennis Venema, and I have been granted a scholarship through BioLogos and the Evolution and Christian Faith program: The Grantees As part of our objective to create a network of scholars and leaders, we awarded grants to organizations across the U.S. and the world. Thirty [Read More...]

The Danger of Freedom

Some folks seem to delight in freedom, in choice, in thinking for themselves and sometimes find themselves in a world made for themselves, a kind of narcissism. Others delight in order, hierarchy, in faith, and in a kind of theology that seems to lock in the creative potential of humans and who at the same [Read More...]

On the Way to the Cross

I want to spend some time this Lenten season reflecting how we naturally walk with Mary and Peter to the Cross, to Easter and then on to Pentecost. When I wrote The Real Mary, the one theme that came home to me was this: to follow Mary is a walk to the cross. She’s an [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our [Read More...]

Millennials and Stress

Parents and pastors, friends and co-workers… this deserves our attention. Stress levels for Americans have taken a decidedly downward turn across the USA — except for young adults, whose stress is higher than the national norm, says a survey to be released Thursday. Those ages 18-33 — the Millennial generation — are plenty stressed, and [Read More...]

Mars Hill, The Collaborative

Last weekend Kris and I were in Grand Rapids for the Mars Hill Collaborative, an event for Youth Workers sponsored by the good folks at Mars Hill. Most especially, this event and the themes and the strategies is shaped by Steve Argue — a friend of ours we met at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary years [Read More...]

No Crocoducks, But Just as Good …(RJS)

We do have the platypus, the coqui, the bandicoot, and the tarsier. All of these are in some sense “intermediate” between major groups of living animals. Recently I’ve been reading Robert Asher’s new book Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist. This book provides an interesting lay-level explanation of evolution. Robert Asher, Curator of [Read More...]

Fasting — Tis the Season

Fasting — tis the season, but that raises the question: What is fasting? Try defining it, and I’ll make a suggestion. Go ahead — in your mind define it. Here’s my suggestion: If, in defining fasting, we are tempted to define fasting as something we do “in order to” get something, I suggest we need [Read More...]

Best Super Bowl Ever?

Here is the chart, measured by its own criteria, but there’s one gaping hole. The best game ever was when the Bears beat the Patriots. What was your favorite Super Bowl ever? [Read more...]


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