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 Amazon.com 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…]

Why the Ascension Matters: A few thoughts for Ascension Day

Today is Ascension Day, or as most evangelicals call it, “Thursday.” Do we not know what the ascension really means because we don’t celebrate it? Or do we not celebrate it because we don’t know what it means? Either way, I’ve been sitting on a nice post by Mark Cortez, who is a professor at [Read More…]

Best Marriage Quote Ever: Alexander Schmemann on Marriage as Mission

As a follow up to the conversation begun yesterday about Christian marriage, I wanted to share the best marriage quote I’ve ever read, at least in relation to the modern institution of marriage. Schmeman was an Eastern Orthodox priest, writer, and theologian. His book For the Life of the World is a must-read. “A marriage [Read More…]

New Marriage Stats – Marriage is on the Wane

Here are some new stats on marriage from the Black, White, & Gray blog. Interesting trends happening right now. Divorce rate seems to be going down in our society – if only slightly. Overall marriages are down as well, which means the drop in divorce rate is due to the fact that more people who [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that everyday when I’m running on the Mill Creek Trail I speed up and watch for flying objects as I pass under the bridge at K10 Highway. I confess that I do this because I have an irrational fear that someone is going to throw a glass bottle out of a car driving [Read More…]