Why Evangelicals Need Lent

Evangelicals need to observe Lent, in part, because our troubling lack of tradition leaves us untethered from the past. A church without the great traditions of the faith is like a church with amnesia. Rejecting tradition means submitting ourselves and our churches to the tyranny of the relevant, the oligarchy of the innovative, and the arrogance of the avant-garde. More than ever [Read More…]

Is That God Or Peyton Manning? I Cannot Tell: Chris Thile’s Omahallelujah!

Chris Thile is set to fill Garrison Keillor’s shoes as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, the faithful fans (of which I am one) have voiced some uncertainty as to how it would work. The show has long been a real musical variety show. The music has been truly live, and truly good for as long [Read More…]

Franklin Graham and the Pain of Being the Son of a Great Father

Franklin Graham can be quite frustrating at times. Over the past few years, however, I’ve been feeling more and more compassion for him. There’s a great line from the movie Amistad. Two jaded White House staffers are making fun of John Quincy Adams. “What must that be like,” one of them asks, “knowing all your life, whatever [Read More…]

Nate Silver On Why Iowa Matters for Trump & Sanders

Why should just a few hundred thousand voters taking part in a bizarre caucusing ritual in a demographically unrepresentative state have such a massive impact on who runs for president? It seems pretty shady, but that’s a whole ‘nother question. This time around Iowa will probably have a big impact on the campaigns of Donald [Read More…]

Surely Religious Voters Aren’t Falling for Trump’s Routine?

Sleight of hand has always been a big part of American politics. Donald Trump is pulling one of the greatest illusions in recent history, and his newest target audience is evangelical Christians. According to recent Pew Research, when compared to the rest of the electorate evangelicals are five times more likely to consider a candidate’s faith when [Read More…]

Thomas Merton on Suffering

No Man is An Island is slowly becoming my favorite among the many writings of Thomas Merton. This book is a deep well. Today I was reading from Chapter 5, “The Word of the Cross,” in which Merton explores the role pain and suffering plays in human life. This is a quick summary of what Merton is teaching me [Read More…]

Ten Great Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes On Non-Violence

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence [Read More…]

The First Word of 2016 Goes to Wendell Berry

If Wendell Berry were editing the aphorism, “Hell is other people” it would become, “Hell is busy people in search of something more, or something else… Heaven is a good friend.” On this first day of 2016 we do well to consider these hells and heavens that we inhabit, that we have made of the world. “Hell is [Read More…]

New Dictionary Words for 2015: An A-Z Snapshot

Words, language, meaning, narrative… these are things that I love, and that are essential to human culture. The English language is not a fixed point. Words come and go, and usage of old words is constantly changing. The path our language takes as it progresses can tell us a lot about our culture. Here’s a quick [Read More…]

Sermonsmith Episode 60: Tim Suttle – Conversations About the Craft of Sermon Preparation

Sermonsmith is a podcast dedicated to celebrating and learning about the rhythms, workflows, tools, and prayers used by the people who are deeply engaged in the art of sermon writing. It’s creator and host John Chandler, a church planter and part-time web developer from Austin, generates a bi-weekly podcast that is straight forward: John interviews pastors and [Read More…]


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