Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have needed to power wash and stain my deck for at least 2 years now. It’s such a daunting task, so I keep putting it off. I confess that I am more likely to procrastinate in the area of household repairs than anything else I’m responsible for. I confess that I [Read More…]

Snake Handling Pastor Dies Following Disputed Verses that Shouldn’t Even Be in the Bible at All

The Washington Post has been running some articles by Lauren Pond, a photojournalist working on a project documenting Pentecostal snake handling practices. She became friends with the pastor Randy “Mack” Wolford who died after being bitten by a rattlesnake during a worship service. The snake-handling Christians believe they are commanded to handle snakes and drink [Read More…]

Pushing All Our Buttons: The Social Impact of the Remote Control

I read a fascinating article by William Grimes in The New York Times this morning about the social impact of the remote control – whose creator, Eugene J. Polley, died May 20 at the age of 96. Saul Bellow once denounced the remote control saying that it “makes mental mincemeat of us.” Ellen Goodman said [Read More…]

4 Media Myths About Men: pushing back against the stereotypes

The portrayal of the modern man in media culture continues to baffle me. Most men I know are nothing like what you see on television. Don’t get me wrong, I can laugh at the stereotypes without taking them too seriously. But, watching yet another show portray men as stupid, selfish, lazy, and horny is starting [Read More…]

Why We Need Religion: Hauerwas on why dissing religion is a mistake

Lately it’s become popular to slam “religion” and say follow Jesus instead. I see it everywhere. Jefferson Bethke’s video “Why I hate religion but love Jesus,” caught that wave, went viral, and in so doing helped to spread what I think is an impossible view of what it means to be a Christian. I get [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that my kids are out of town w/Grandma and Grandpa for a few days. I confess that I rarely worry about the safety of my children, except when they are in someone else’s care. I confess that used to struggle to understand how people could be consumed with worry or fear… and then [Read More…]

Miroslav Volf talks about American Exceptionalism

When Miroslav Volf talks about America, I’m inclined to listen. I think he has done as much as anyone in reminding me that America isn’t innocent. A belief in American exceptionalism is one of the more insidious requirements our society makes of those who are running for office and attempting to lead, if not of [Read More…]

What is the Chief Political Concern of the Bible? Eleven of the world’s leading theologians weigh in…

Below is the most recent article I wrote for the Huffington Post. I hope you’ll take moment to read it. If you are willing to help me out a little bit, the best way to support the article is the 1) share it on your facebook wall via the Huffington Post page itself. Just go [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that my wife was gone for most of the weekend & I had the boys all by myself. I confess that we all made it through w/out a scratch and with a rekindled respect and appreciation for mom. I confess that if “marrying up” is a real thing, I did. I confess that [Read More…]

Bethge’s Ginormous Biography of Bonhoeffer: On “Making oneself sure of something”

Okay, I finally pulled the trigger and spent my $150 gift card. The first purchase was Bethge’s biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I have to say, upon opening the package, I feel the need to retract my earlier griping about the book’s cost. I had no idea it was over 1000 pages long. It’s like [Read More…]