Torture and Eucharist book review

A quick book review on one of the most incredible books I’ve read in recent times. Torture and Eucharist by William T. Cavanaugh[1] is a remarkable work which every student and pastor would do well to read. His account of the horrific torture and oppression of the Pinochet regime in Chile is gripping and emotional [Read More...]

“Once” the film by John Carney

I saw the most amazing film last night called “Once.” It is the collaborative effort of director John Carney, and musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. I don’t really know how to describe this film yet, I’m still letting it hit me. I just know that it was an emotional experience – saying I went [Read More...]

Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? – James K.A. Smith

Here’s a quick review of a really good book called Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? by James K.A. Smith I have long believed that some of the primary misconceptions regarding the emerging church conversation stem from a substantial lack of appreciation for the impact that French Philosophical/Linguistic thought has had on the movement as a whole. [Read More...]

Paul among the Postliberals by Douglas Harink

A quick review of one of the most interesting books I’ve read in awhile. In his book Paul among the Postliberals, Douglas Harink challenges the overly simplistic understanding of Paul’s writings which holds that he was chiefly concerned with justification as matter of personal salvation through faith in Christ. He critiques the traditional translation issues [Read More...]

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society

by Lesslie Newbigin This is just a quick review of one of the best books I’ve encountered in years. Possibly the foremost thing I could say about Lesslie Newbigin is that he is a gifted writer with an amazing intellect and a gift for covering a wide range of issues with a remarkable economy of [Read More...]

Fuzzy Theology

Once while I was traveling in a van full of mendicants through North Carolina I had what can only be described as a once in a lifetime experience. We were on the interstate somewhere between Winston-Salem and Greensboro looking for a turn-off to find some little camp in the High-Point area. It was the middle [Read More...]

Even Evangelical Teens Do It

This “Slate” article by Hanna Rosin is pretty wild. She writes that of “Teenagers who identify as “evangelical” or “born again” …80 percent think sex should be saved for marriage. But thinking is not the same as doing. Evangelical teens are actually more likely to have lost their virginity than either mainline Protestants or Catholics. [Read More...]

Crash

I have a friend who is going to jail. Actually he’s likely going to prison but he’s in jail right now. I took him there last Thursday afternoon. It’s an awkward thing to drop someone off at the jailhouse so they can be locked away behind layers and layers of bars and doors. Especially because [Read More...]

Moltmann Wins With 80%

Which Theologian Are You?find out at quiz farm So I ran across this quiz online that will tell you which theologian you most resemble. I have to tell you, I was a little bit disturbed to see that I’m 40% Calvin. But knowing that being like Calvin doesn’t necessarily make you like a Calvinist seems [Read More...]

Time to Pray

Praying for Paula I’m pissed. I have a friend named Paula, actually she’s a great friend of my wife. Here’s her story. I’m telling you because I want you to join me in praying for her. Paula was working at a Habitat for Humanity site as a volunteer one Saturday morning a long time ago, [Read More...]

Into Great Silence

Into Great Silence a film by Philip Groning Into Great Silence is in theatres. Anyone interested in the monastic life has probably already heard about this movie. I have not yet seen it but I’ve been reading about it for a few weeks now. There is a great article on it in the Kansas City [Read More...]

School of Thought

Schools of Thought, Ultimate Concern & Intellectual Snobbery Amazingly enough, Kansas State basketball is looking up under our new coach. That’s fun because K-State is my school. We actually have a legitimate shot at the NCAA tournament, which has not been even a remote possibility for the past decade. It probably won’t happen but…Go Cats! [Read More...]


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