Ten Great Quotes About Grace From Some of My Favorite Writers

“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I created the universe. I love you. There's only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift t … [Read More...]

Hey America, Can I Be Your Pastor For a Moment?

 The big lie of every government is this: we can make you safe and happy. Governments should stop promising this, because they can't deliver.America, powerful as it is, cannot keep its promises to make us safe and happy. Only God can do that. The primary means through which God has chosen to do that is through each other.You want to know how to secure the future?Try this: Love with sincerity.Hate what is evil and cling to what is good. Be devoted to one anoth … [Read More...]

The Free Market v. Big Government Argument is a Scam: America is Getting Played by Wall Street

Some in our society, wish to deny that economic injustice exists. It's a level playing field, they say. This is ridiculous. It's not level for minorities. The top 400 billionaires in the U.S. hold as much wealth as all African-American households, plus one-third of Latino households combined ( … [Read More...]

Why Do American Christians Trust the 2nd Amendment More Than the Sermon on the Mount?

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of … [Read More...]

The Troubling Theology of Donald Trump

Peter Wehner is a lifelong Republican who served in the Reagan White House and that of George H.W. Bush. In George W. Bush's White House Wehner was deputy director of speech writing and later head of the office of strategic initiatives. He writes largely for The Weekly Standard and National Review. … [Read More...]

10 Ways to Impact Culture that Don’t Involve Presidential Politics

Trump v. Clinton Got You Down? Here are 10 things you could do right now to have a significant impact on the culture around you, and none of them involve presidential politics.1. Have your neighbors over for dinner If there is any hope that our global society will learn to live together in … [Read More...]

Dr. Stuart Brown’s Seven Properties of Play

Summer break is here and it's time to play, but do you really know how? Many adults, it seems, have distanced themselves from any kind of meaningful play. In his book Play, Dr. Stuart Brown says that when we lose are connection to play, we pay a high price. In fact, Brown says, "The opposite of play … [Read More...]

On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation: Now up at HuffPo

 A version of the recent post "On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation" is now up at The Huffington Post. I have been grateful as I watch the numbers grow on the original post here at Paperback Theology. I think the appetite for the ideas presented in this article should be see … [Read More...]

MNU Chapel Sermon on Doubt:

A few weeks back I had the chance to speak at the MNU Chapel service. This is the video of the talk. It's an exploration of the importance of doubt for the Christian life, and the human experience. I hope you'll have a chance to watch... feel free to give me notes!    … [Read More...]

Wendell Berry on the Trinity

It's Trinity Sunday today, so here's a quick quote from Wendell Berry and his great novel Jayber Crow. Berry is not only an author and poet, but a fairly sophisticated theologian. This quote is of Jayber reflecting upon what he learned about the nature of God, and how it fits with what he knew of … [Read More...]

On The Importance Of Disappointing Your Congregation…

Question: How are you doing? Answer: busy... how many times have you heard that? How many times have you said that?As a pastor, Eugene Peterson is the voice in the back of my head. When I experience challenges in my vocation, my sense of direction, or conflict in my understanding of my role as a … [Read More...]

Building Tiny Houses For Homeless Veterans

This is a great story from Frank Morris at KCUR - Kansas City Public Radio - involving a Redemption Church member named White Hawk. I hope you'll take time to read it, or listen to it. The story is about the effort to try and help get more of KC's homeless off the streets by building tiny … [Read More...]


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