leaving a church well (or, is your church spiritually co-dependent?)

I’ve left 11 churches in my life. I never bothered counting, but I did this morning as I was thinking about this post. No, I was never kicked out (sorry to disappoint). Some departures were due to moves to and from schools, etc. Other moves were conscious decisions for other reasons. About 10 years ago, my wife [Read More...]

a story of questions, grace, and everyday prayer (interview with Micha Boyett)

Today’s post is an interview with Micha Boyett, author of a spiritual memoir Found: A Story of Questions, Grace & Everyday Prayer, available now for pre-order and releases April 1. Micha (pronounced “MY-cah”) is a writer, blogger, and sometimes poet. A born and raised Texan, Micha lives in San Francisco with her husband, Chris, and their two sons. Find her [Read More...]

quick preview of my next book, “The Bible Tells Me So” (or, respecting the Bible enough not to defend it)

My next book is coming out at the end of August and the title is The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It.  I lobbied for Pete Enns Tells Me So: Why Arguing with Pete Enns Is Futile (by Pete Enns), but the legal team at HarperOne would have none [Read More...]

Parker Palmer on teaching to the fearful heart

I read Parker Palmer’s classic The Courage to Teach several years ago and am re-reading it now. For many, the book doesn’t need an introduction. For those who aren’t familiar with it, think of it as a book on the psychology/spirituality of teaching. A theme Palmer hits early on is the grip that fear has on [Read More...]

fear, loss of control, and theological conflict

I’ve written many times on this blog about how deep fear of loss of control sits behind heated theological conflict (e.g., here). I recently came across psychologist David G. Benner’s comments on fear, and though he is not talking about theological conflict specifically, what he says is certainly applicable to various situations dealing with disagreement over [Read More...]


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