Bonhoeffer & the Lectionary

I have long believed that a church should read as much scripture as possible out loud, together, during worship. I know this in my mind and heart to be right. However, as a worship leader and pastor I’ve been woefully deficient in bringing this conviction to fruition in our congregation. I first encountered the practice [Read More...]

2007 Favorites

I watched “High Fidelity” with John Cusack the other day. One of the things I love about that movie is the ever-present top five list…Here are a few of mine from 2007. TOP 5 BOOKS I READ IN 20071. The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder2. The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann3. Compassion by [Read More...]

Life Together

Dietrich Bonhoeffer I’m reading “Life Together” for the very first time. I’ve actually never read any Bonhoeffer before. I’m just going to list interesting quotes and comment on them as I read this slowly. One of the ideas which Bonhoeffer develops early on here is that Christian to not relate to each other directly, but [Read More...]

Fall From Grace – Movie

If you have SHOWTIME check out the upcoming documentary “Fall from Grace.” It’s a great film about Fred Phelps. I had the great fortune to produce a track for the film earlier this year. Satellite Soul played the music and our good friend and sometimes band-mate Janette Crawford sang the track – J. Hall mixed [Read More...]


McDonald’s chocolate chip cookies are like crack. I cannot stop eating these stupid things. Our church office is under construction right now and so I’ve been without an office since the end of July. That’s three and a half months now that I’ve been sponging internet off places like Panera or McDonalds. For awhile Panera [Read More...]

What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?

Here is a quiz from quiz farm which is supposed to tell you which political party you should be a part of. This one is pretty funny. I came out as an Anarchist which is very puzzling given my penchant for following the rules. At least I was zero percent Nazi. Here are my results…take [Read More...]

Guest Blogger // Casey Thornburgh

This is a great post from my friend Casey who is in Seminary in Chicago. Thanks Casey for teaching me more about Madeleine L’Engle (pictured here), and for your artistry!…Co-Creatorship & the Influence of Madeleine L’Engleby Casey Thornburgh..Something in me could not let the passing of Madeleine L’Engle on September 6th go by without some [Read More...]

…………….a quick review of a really great book…..Simply Christianby N.T. Wright.Until I began to read and listen to the work of N.T. Wright, the phrase “putting the world to rights” wasn’t in my vocabulary. Today, I think it is the best short description of what I believe the Kingdom of God is all about. In [Read More...]

Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollack?

………… Jackson Pollack is one of my favorite artists. I don’t know why but respond very emotionally to most abstract expressionism. De Kooning is another favorite. There is a De Kooning here in town at the Kemper Museum that I like to go see. There is also a Pollock at the Nelson in the new [Read More...]

Sigur Ros

About a year ago my friend Isaac told me about this band – Sigur Ros that I needed to check out. He suggested that I just look on youtube and find live footage. But the first thing I clicked on was this video for the song Glosoli. On youtube it’s low quality and not it [Read More...]

The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson is one of my all-time favorite directors. I love his films because they are quirky and cool. They are almost always about trying to find family, or community. They are also great works of art in terms of the way they are shot. I also really admire his use of music in film [Read More...]

Robert Jenson quote

When Robert Jenson came to NTS I got to sit in on a couple of conversations with him. In one class he was asked to reflect on what he’d learned from his friends, Karl Barth, Jurgen Moltmann, and Wolfhart Pannenberg. This is what he said about Pannenberg: . . . “What I took from Pannenburg [Read More...]