Declaring Doom 5

I’ve got a big question today, but first let me sketch two items quickly. First, think about it, we’ve seen the following as prophets of doom: the puritans with their weekly jeremiads, Thomas Jefferson, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Add someone else to this list: Abraham Lincoln, about whom Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh says: “For better or [Read More…]

Gospel 23

Paul keeps on gospeling and we turn today to Acts 16 and 17. [Read more…]

Prayer as Activism

I have asked two of my fine students, Brittany Bennett and Nick Johnson — who are getting married this summer — and who have a ministry passion for issues of justice and the church, to take a look at Shane Claiborne’s and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s new book, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary [Read More…]

Gospel 22

The issue of whether or not to circumcise Gentile believers led to the first church council, establishing as I think it did a precedent for leaders to gather to discern the mind of God, and a ruling that Gentile converts needed to show some respect for Torah observance. (Incidentally, time wore this ruling down for [Read More…]

Emerging: A Letter

I got a letter from a young high school pastor in the southeast and he’s happy to share it with our blog community. This young pastor leans in some emerging directions but his pastor is now criticizing emergent. I’d like us to give him our wisdom today. [Read more…]


This weekend Kris and I flew out to see Lukas, Annika and our new grandson, Aksel. We always enjoy their quaint village, filled as it is with unique Victorian homes and the aroma of Concord grapes hanging in the air. It was also good to see Annika’s mom and dad, Gordie and Marleen Nelson, and [Read More…]

Gospel 21

Acts is a rich source for “gospel” and we turn today to Acts 14: [Read more…]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings

It’s not Chicago, but it is the Great Midwest… [Read more…]

Friday is for Friends

It’s easier to talk about depression and acedia than it is to live with either; and it’s a whole lot easier to talk about both than to free oneself from either. At the heart of dealing with acedia is to know it and to name it and to admit it. Kathleen Norris’s Acedia & Me: [Read More…]