Signs of the New Creation: Responding to N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God

New Testament Scholar N. T. Wright

N. T. Wright’s magisterial text Paul and the Faithfulness of God is destined to become a classic in Pauline theological studies. As a pastor and theologian, like Wright, I join the study and the pulpit and the library and hospital room.  My preaching and pastoral care are grounded in theological reflection and my theology finds [Read More...]

Grace Even for Those Who Can’t Believe: A Conversation with Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian’s One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World speaks a word of grace to a world of legalism and perfectionism. Tchividjian believes that in a world of self-justification and ever-increasing and impossible performance standards, grace abounds. God’s love for us comes without our having to earn anything, but out of God’s pure [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for October 27, 2013

Lectionary Reflections for October 27, 2013 Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 14-16; Luke 18:9-14 Anne Lamott asserts that the essential elements of prayer are “Help, Thanks, and Wow.”  Today’s readings involve a litany of praise – a spiritual “wow” at the many ways God moves in our lives and the world.  God is always at work [Read More...]

What Kind of God are we Playing? A Response to Andy Crouch’s “Playing God”


“Power is a gift” says Andy Crouch in his excellent new book Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. Our use of power can either create or destroy, and power that leads to flourishing, Crouch notes, is grounded in our relationship with God. Crouch believes that the use of power is inevitable and can be good, and [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 22, 2013

Lectionary Reflections for September 22, 2013 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Psalm 79:1-9 1Timothy 2:1-7   Luke 16:1-13 Today’s scriptures reflect on the social consequences of turning away from God and the possibility that prayer and God-centered values can be a source of health in our personal and corporate lives. A transformed mind may lead over the long [Read More...]

A Monastery in the Heart – A Response to Judith Valente’s “Atchison Blue”


The healing and guidance we need, Valente aptly notes, may come from “simply listening to the voice of God.” That voice is everywhere, but it is found most especially in the monastery of the soul where God provides possibilities, insights, and the energy to embody them in the concreteness and bustle of life. [Read more...]

Celebrating Grandparent’s Day


To me, being a grandparent is a spiritual and ethical vocation that begins with my two little grandsons and expands to honor every child. [Read more...]