Waiting for Rob Bell 2

I stood in horror watching the blogosphere light up last week, but my horror was not simply over the accusations made against an author whose book was not even yet available nor just over those who were denouncing Rob Bell for what they were absolutely certain was universalism. No the horror was that there was [Read More…]

Forgiveness … takes time

Julie Bogart, a regular reader and commenter on this blog, has a story about forgiveness worth reading at her site. You can interact there or even here. Here’s how it begins: [Read more…]

Pierre is Back!

In my book Embracing Grace I tell the story of a little “eikon” I had in my office for many, many years. We called him Pierre because he was a French-looking man with a beret. Now for the rest of the story. [Read more…]

The Whole Gospel

Here’s a link to a podcast I gave on the whole gospel. Here’s a link to a radio interview through Elmbrook Church with Mel Lawrenz. Click on the Leadership button. [Read more…]

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

The problem with this as a moral strategy, which is a routine refrain for the traditionalist view of homosexuality, is that it is nearly indistinguishable from hate the sin and the sinner. If we have to reduce moral views into sound-bytes then we ought to prefer “welcoming but not affirming” or, as I will suggest [Read More…]

Spiritual Formation Forum

The following outline was used for my talk at the Spiritual Formation Forum in Milwaukee last week. My week was more hectic than I wanted — owing to about five things happening at once, not the least of which was major house repairs, and so was unable to attend the whole forum. Next year I [Read More…]

Advising a Letter Writer

I have asked for permission from this person to make his [adjusted] letter to me public. Think about it and see what you think is best. What would you tell this person? [Read more…]

Missional in Seattle 3

I gave two talks in Seattle, but I want to summarize what I said in my talk on Saturday. My talk was about “mistakes missional gospel folks need to avoid.” [Read more…]

Kris and I were invited

Kris and I were invited down for a Saturday event at North Point church in Alpharetta, Georgia (northside of Atlanta). I was asked to address the Starting Point leaders on Embracing Grace. Starting Point, North Point’s weekly small-group conversations with those interested in the Christian faith, is directed by Jason Malec and Norton Herbst (I’m [Read More…]

My Talks to IVCF

The Story of the Eikons and The Story of the Gospel. [Read more…]