Immigration: Bryan’s Story

My name is Bryan and I read your blog regularly (I’ve only commented a couple of times). I noticed you posting on the immigration situation (I read the one you posted today). I was wondering if you’ve read Bob Ekblad’s book Reading the Bible with the Damned? [Read more...]

Immigration: What about Onesimus?

On the immigration issue, there is a bit a stalemate on this blog, though there has been good discussion, and I thank each of you for your comments. But, I’d like us to consider it all from a different direction: What about Paul and Onesimus? [Read more...]

Dave Miller: Jesus and Justin

Dave Miller writes and sings a song about Justin Delp, who had a degenerative disease that took Justin’s life as pre-teen. Justin and Jesus were alike. This song is worth the price of admission; it is called “Just Longing.” [Read more...]

Dave Miller: Singing about Work

In Dave Miller’s new CD, Dave Miller, explores in song how we as Christians can look at our work and turn it from labor to vocation. What got me going about these songs was the confidence of the voice when talking about Jesus the worker and the wonder , even melancholy, when it comes to [Read More...]

Southern Hospitality at Springdale

Pastor David Butler and his dear wife, Gayle, hosted Kris and me this weekend at Springdale Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and were we treated to kindness! But even more than that, we loved the fellowship and the reports of the ministry flowing into and out of Sprindale. Where to begin? [Read more...]

To the Streets: Homelessness

One of my students, Tim King, was overwhelmed by the needs of the homeless and has joined others to found a marvelous ministry to the homeless: [Read more...]

To the Streets: Homelessness

One of my students, Tim King, was overwhelmed by the needs of the homeless and has joined others to found a marvelous ministry to the homeless: [Read more...]

Jesus and Homosexuality 1

Life is not law. For Jesus at least. The place to begin a constructive understanding of how Christians should relate to persons with same-sex orientation and think about homosexuality is with Jesus’ practice of table fellowship. Why? Because it represents how life is encountered, of how a first century person would have come to understand [Read More...]

The First Ordained Black Woman

I recently read Rebecca’s Revival by Jon F. Sensbach, a professor of history at the University of Florida. Rebecca Freundlich Protten was the first ordained black woman in Western Christianity (she was ordained in Europe). Born in Africa, enslaved in the Caribbean, she eventually made her way to St. Thomas, was set free (probably) because [Read More...]

The Evangelical Giveaway 7

So far David Fitch, in his provocative book, The Great Giveaway, has taken on the pillars of evangelical church life: success, evangelism, leadership, experience, and preaching. He will also address spiritual formation and moral education. But, I’m particularly happy he has devoted a chapter to “justice” because most evangelical books about the Church simply don’t [Read More...]


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