Monday Morning Confessional: Frederick Buechner, and Listening to Your Life

I confess that a friend of mine just picked up Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner, and sent me a pic that reminded me of this great little devotional book. I'm grateful for the reminder.There were a couple of years in the late 90s, while I was traveling with Satellite Soul, that this book was a part of my daily life that spilled over into sprawling, capacious conversations about Jesus and our own lives. I picked it up again just a few years ago, along with the T … [Read More...]


Nazarene Controversy Highlighted in The Daily Beast: Here’s My Take…

I'm just going to give you my take on this, then link back to the article...Karl W. Giberson is serious scholar, and a former faculty member at Eastern Nazarene College. Giberson says Oord is the victim of a fundamentalists witch hunt. He says, "The controversy at NNU is one battle in the long war that is being waged—and slowly won—against thinking evangelical Christians." I know he's right about the battle being waged. I hope he's wrong about it being won. I do think the support showed Tom O … [Read More...]

Earthday: Why Christians are so Bad on the Environment

Do you know what scientists commonly call ecological studies? Dissipation studies: Terrestrial field dissipation studies, soil dissipation studies, habitat dissipation studies, natural resource dissipation studies, petroleum, forest, reef, fisheries dissipation studies…The Catholic theologian R … [Read More...]

New Shrink Video Releases Today: A Creative Introduction

Author readings are all over youtube.com, but I've never seen an author take any care with the medium--make any kind of creative investment in them. I have long thought author reading videos could have value beyond their use as a promotional tool. They could exist as a creative way to experience the … [Read More...]

Everyday Sundays: Frederick Buechner on Why the Subdued Sundays of Eastertide are So Important

In his sermon "The Secret in the Dark," Frederick Buechner wonders at why in the four gospels, when they get to the most important part of the story (resurrection), the gospel writers tell it in whispers--no choir of angels, no explosion of light, not a soul was there to witness it. "It was the … [Read More...]

3 Myths About Calling: Why RELEVANT’s Take Falls Short

Let me start by confessing a pet peeve: I believe that the combined Jewish and Christian traditions express the most profound wisdom ever contemplated by human beings. This stuff is deep, and you really shouldn’t handle it with marketing in mind. So when someone—usually a pas … [Read More...]

Walter Brueggemann’s Blurb for my book Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture

It was great to finally meet one of my heroes face to face yesterday. Walter Brueggemann's work has meant a great deal to me over the years. His book The Prophetic Imagination continues to be a source of guidance and inspiration for my life and ministry.When I was working on Shrink, I relied … [Read More...]

Walter Brueggemann at Faith & Culture Conference 2015 – Lecture 01 Detailed Notes

The Redemption Church staff & friends are in St. Joseph, MO today, listening to Walter Brueggemann talk about The Prophetic Imagination. Here's a set of my notes from the first lecture he gave. CONTEXT We live in in the midst/under the rule of EmpireTotalism: totally contained socio … [Read More...]

How Do You Fire Thomas Jay Oord?

...by email, apparently.Oord is one of the highest profile, and well respected theologians in the Church of the Nazarene. He's a brilliant and popular teacher, a prolific writer, and is well respected among his peers--including theologians of all stripes. Oord has also been dedicated to the COTN … [Read More...]

What Role Does Dread Play in Your Life? – Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I went to a gathering of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies last week (CAPS) in Denver. My wife is working toward a master's in Marriage & Family Therapy. Over the years she's had to endure many a boring theological lecture with me, so attending this … [Read More...]

10 Stunning Facts About Davinci’s Last Supper for Maundy Thursday

Every year on Maundy Thursday our church does a short visio divina around Leonardo DaVinci's famous mural, "The Last Supper." This practice, and this painting, have both come a rich part of our Holy Week tradition. Here are a few fun facts about Davinci's famous masterpiece:DaVinci didn't choose … [Read More...]

The Kingdom of God is Like… A Little Friday Funny

The kingdom of God is like a hum drum mid-inning break at a Houston Astros game, when a dance contest suddenly breaks out between the mascot and a security guard. Half of the people in the stadium were off at the concession stand or restroom, most in the stadium weren't even paying attention, but … [Read More...]