Liz Kanoy, Editor at Crosswalk, Has a Thoughtful Article on My Piece On the Language of Terrorism


Liz Kanoy, an editor at, is one of the writers I check in with now and then, just to see what she’s thinking about and writing about.  You can see more of what she’s written here. Kanoy always seems to write about matters that matter, not just to see how many shares she can get, [Read More...]

Dear France: Don’t Make the Same Mistake We Did


It’s Not War, It’s Murder: Why the Language We Use about Terrorist Attacks Really Matters.     My heart goes out to the people of France, especially the residents of Paris. When faced with such unspeakable violence and barbarism humans cannot help but experience a visceral loss of our sense of security. The fear resulting from such a loss [Read More...]

Sneak Peek at the Missional Leadership & Discipleship Course Next Semester at NTS


The mission of God is unmanageable. This is where the conversation about missional leadership begins. When it comes to the kingdom of God, we cannot control outcomes with even the most ingenious models, techniques, and strategies. God is going to do what God is going to do with the church, and God can never be controlled or [Read More...]

Why the “Big Drop in Share of Americans Calling Themselves Christian” Isn’t Our Problem


The New York Times reported earlier this week on the sharp decline in the number of Americans who self-identify as Christians. I’m guessing Christians will likely blame this on shifting cultural values or some other outside phenomenon. As for my take, I think the church should probably be able to manage faithfulness with or without cultural approval. [Read More...]

3 Myths About Calling: Why RELEVANT’s Take Falls Short


Let me start by confessing a pet peeve: I believe that the combined Jewish and Christian traditions express the most profound wisdom ever contemplated by human beings. This stuff is deep, and you really shouldn’t handle it with marketing in mind. So when someone—usually a pastor-slash-writer-slash-musician with an appealing headshot and a self-composed bio—attempts to [Read More...]

What Role Does Dread Play in Your Life? – Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that I went to a gathering of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies last week (CAPS) in Denver. My wife is working toward a master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy. Over the years she’s had to endure many a boring theological lecture with me, so attending this conference was a little payback (although, full confession, [Read More...]

Conversations We Should Be Having About War


This is an excerpt of an article that just went up at Onfaith. Conversations We Should Be Having About War American Sniper highlights the disproportionate burden of war carried by combat veterans. by Tim Suttle The release of American Sniper prompted plenty of debate, and a flurry of opinionated speech concerning the past decade of war, [Read More...]

Is There Any Hope for Peace in the New Year?


— “Bad liturgy eventually leads to bad ethics. You begin by singing some sappy, sentimental hymn, then you pray some pointless prayer, and the next thing you know you have murdered your best friend.” – Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon, The Truth About God. — I was recently offered the opportunity to write on the [Read More...]

Resident Aliens 25 Years Later: Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon at Duke’s 2014 Convocation


I spent the past couple of days at Duke University listening in on conversations between Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon. The event was part of Duke’s annual Convocation and Pastor’s School. Twenty-five years ago Hauerwas and Willimon teamed up to write the book Resident Aliens. To date the book has sold over 160,000 copies, a [Read More...]

Favorite Stanley Hauerwas Quotes


If I had to pick one theologian who has had the most influence on my thinking–probably my being and doing as well–it would be Stanley Hauerwas. He has the ability to see the world the way I want to see it. He’s unafraid to tell the truth about his own life, which seems to give [Read More...]