C. S. Lewis and the Gift of Perspective: A Conversation with Alister McGrath

I read Alister McGrath’s If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis (now featured in the Patheos Book Club) in light of the current religious and cultural polarization of our time. The United Methodist Church is conducting trials to discipline pastors who perform same sex marriages. Religious leaders protest the showing of the film Noah because they [Read More…]

Dana Trent’s ‘Saffron Cross” and the Emergence of 21st Century Inter-spirituality

A number of years ago, in the course of teaching a class in Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lay School, I discovered that virtually all my students had experience in various forms of complementary and global medicine and none of them had shared this with her or his pastor. These were not back row Christians but moderators, [Read More…]

Heavenly Minded and Earthly Good: A Response to Steve Berger’s Between Heaven and Earth

Steve Berger, pastor and author of the new book Between Heaven and Earth, is heaven-obsessed. In light of his own family’s tragedies and the imperfections of human life, he sees heaven as his true home and the hope of heaven shapes his every decision. For Berger, the hope of heaven gives him a larger perspective. The [Read More…]

Mature Discipleship and the Way of Blessing: Reflections on Ron Rolheiser’s “Sacred Fire”

Reflections on Ronald Rolheiser’s new book Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity There are many spiritual pathways for the many seasons of our lives, for our personal contexts, gender and sexual orientation, and personality types. A personal God has a personal relationship with every creature. God’s center is everywhere and focuses [Read More…]

Aging and Full Humanity: A Conversation with Johann Christoph Arnold’s “Rich in Years”

I have just passed my sixty-first birthday. It seems like almost yesterday I was going to love-in’s in Golden Gate Park and partying with surfer girls and high school mates in Santa Cruz, California. Whenever we chat on Facebook, my friends from the James Lick High School (San Jose, CA) class of 1970 reminisce about [Read More…]

Living with Less: Responding to Susan Vogt’s Blessed by Less

As I read Susan Vogt’s Blessed by Less: Clearing Your Life of Clutter by Living Lightly, I was confronted with the challenges of living simply in a complicated world. While I don’t live extravagantly or have fewer professional demands than many urban and suburban parents with children, twenty-first century middle class living is extravagant and cluttered [Read More…]

Pondering Providence: Responding to Robert Tracy Knight’s “The First Thanksgiving”

Robert Tracy McKenzie does a masterful job of liberating the pilgrims from the cultural and economic myths that often disguise their faith and practices in his new book The First Thanksgiving. He sees them as God-centered people, leery of religious holidays, and focused on covenant with God and one another. The pilgrims were inspired by [Read More…]


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