On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation: Now up at HuffPo

  A version of the recent post “On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation” is now up at The Huffington Post. I have been grateful as I watch the numbers grow on the original post here at Paperback Theology. I think the appetite for the ideas presented in this article should be seen as a willingness on the part [Read More…]

Scot McKnight on Shrink: Great Is The Enemy Of…

Scot McKnight and I noticed a point of resonance in our two most recent books, and thought it would be fun to interact with the other’s work. Specifically, we are attempting to find points of reverberation around the topics of faithfulness, and the church. The following post is Scot’s engagement with my latest book, Shrink. [Read More…]

Scot McKnight’s A Fellowship of Differents Can Change Your View of the Church

Scot McKnight and I noticed a point of resonance in our two most recent books, and thought it would be fun to interact with the other’s work. Specifically, we are attempting to find points of reverberation around the topics of faithfulness, and the church. This is my engagement with his latest book. For the other side [Read More…]

The Beauty of the Midlife Crisis: Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m in the middle of a midlife crisis, and it’s way better than I could have ever imagined. In fact, I’ve become convinced that the midlife crisis gets a bad rap. The phrase itself conjures images of extramarital affairs, two-door sports cars, and the hair club for men. My story is unfolding [Read More…]

What Does a Drowning Person Look Like, and Why Do We Miss the Signs?

I read a fascinating article on Slate today about how most people can look straight at a drowning person and not realize what is happening because they do not know the signs. The article starts with this story: “The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he [Read More…]


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