That Familiar Voice

There are a few songs that I associate with a male voice and some with a female voice such that if a male sings Hosanna I don’t think it is right. The voice gets connected to the song somehow. Preaching is like this for many, many of us. How so? Many think preaching requires a [Read More...]

The Place in the Soul for Doubt (Josh Graves)

“The church doesn’t need to provide nineteenth century answers to sixteenth century questions. The church should offer twenty-first century answers to first-century questions.”–N.T. Wright More and more, I find myself in a similar conversation. By more and more, I don’t mean weekly, I mean daily. The conversation I’m describing starts a hundred different ways but [Read More...]

Christ Centered Creation! (RJS)

In the previous two posts (here and here) we looked with Ronald Osborn (Death Before the Fall) at the cosmic theodicy of C.S. Lewis and the creation narrative in the book of Job (a passage we too often overlook to our own detriment). Today we turn to the perspective that I see as the central [Read More...]

For Your Bookshelf

This blog talks about books daily, which means some of you have been buying books in accordance with our discussions. I don’t spend my time surveying book catalogs or new arrivals on Amazon, but instead I post about books that come my way that interest me or that I think will be of interest to [Read More...]

10 Marks of Good Religion

Martin Thielen’s contention is that the solution to bad religion — marked by anger, judgmentalism, divisiveness, etc — is not no religion, or the religion of the Nones, but instead good religion. But what is good religion? Let me say that Thielen is a master storyteller and this book is filled with gracious stories. Filled [Read More...]

A New Kind of Evangelism

Churches are shrinking and the Nones are rising, so claims James Emery White in The Rise of the Nones. What kind of evangelism will close some of this gap? Maybe this is the best question: How has the church lost contact with the current young adults so that there is such a concentration of Nones today? [Read More...]

Holocaust Remembrance Day

From Jack Levison: [Two] books are must-reads in light of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), which extends from Sunday evening until Monday evening, April 27-28. What these books do so well is introduce us to otherwise unnamed people who endured the Holocaust. The Family, which begins near Vilnius, Lithuania, exposes the quotidian lives of Jews caught between the [Read More...]

Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [Read More...]

Deacon

Here is a picture after the ordination service to the Sacred Order of Deacons. My Bishop, Todd Hunter, to the left, yours truly, and then our pastor, Jay Greener. A wonderful day I will never forget.   [Read more...]

Saturday Author Interview with Darrin McMahon

Darrin McMahon is Ben Weider Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in the department of history at Florida State University.  David Moore who blogs at www.twocities.org conducted the following interview. A few years back, I read your terrific book, Happiness: a History.  Your new book, Divine Fury: A History of Genius, tackles another big idea.  What motivated you to write an entire [Read More...]


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