Boys and Men Suffer Sex Abuse, Too….

Boys and Men Suffer Sex Abuse, Too, But It Is Under Reported and Widely IgnoredMy thesis here is that many more American males are victims of sexual abuse than most people know or care about.How many people would guess that, according to a recent study, twenty percent of reported incidents of sexual abuse in the active duty military involve male victims? The report admits that counting the number of male victims is a problem because many male victims of sexual abuse either remain quiet … [Read more...]

Is There (Can There Be) A “Christian Philosophy?”

Is There (Can There Be) A “Christian Philosophy?”Many Protestants, especially those influenced by Kant’s anti-metaphysical philosophy that put religion in the realm of “practical reason” and those influenced by dialectical (anti-natural theology) theology, resist all talk of a “Christian philosophy.” (This is to say nothing of many “experiential Christians” who think “philosophy” is just a bad idea in and of itself.) For a variety of reasons and influences, modern Protestants have been reluct … [Read more...]

Embarrased by the Supernatural?

Embarrassed by the Supernatural?Some years ago Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon published an article in Christian Century that some believe launched the “postliberal” movement in Christian theology. The article’s title was “Embarrassed by God’s Presence.” (CC January 30, 1985) Hauerwas and Willimon accused “mainline” Protestant churches and theologies of conducting business as if God does not exist. This was, of course, hyperbole and intended to get attention, but the grain of truth in i … [Read more...]

Thoughts about Old School Christian Hymns and Songs

I don't usually use this blog to reminisce or talk about my personal experiences or memories, but for some reason I feel led to do that today. "I feel led to..." comes from my Pentecostal background. I was raised in what we called "the Full Gospel" from birth until seminary. I reluctantly resigned from my spiritual "home" almost immediately after graduating from seminary at age 26. I felt spiritually adrift for a long time. Occasionally I experience what the Germans call Sehnsucht--a vague … [Read more...]

The Problem of Irrational, Unteachable Christians

The Problem of Irrational, Unteachable ChristiansYears ago I attended a church and heard the pastor end his Sunday morning sermon with “The Christian’s attitude toward the secular world should be ‘Don’t confuse me with the facts; my mind is already made up’.” I grew up in a home and church where the song by evangelist Gypsy Smith was occasionally sung: “If I Am Dreaming, Let Me Dream On.” The song, summed up by the title, was Smith’s response to a skeptic who told him his Christian faith was … [Read more...]

Adam Hamilton and Me

Adam Hamilton is founding pastor of the largest United Methodist congregation in the U.S. Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, KS) has twenty-one thousand members and is growing.Yesterday (Friday, April 24, 2015) I spent much of the day with Adam at his church (in suburban Kansas City). He graciously agreed to interview me for a DVD Abingdon Press is creating for the leader's guide to go along with my forthcoming book Counterfeit Christianity (Abingdon's assigned title, not my preferred … [Read more...]

A New Book (Or Revision of an Old Book) about Arminian Theology

A New Book (Or Revision of an Old Book) about Arminian TheologyThe back cover of Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation (Wipf & Stock, 2015) describes it as “an updated and revised version of Grace Unlimited, a 1975 collection of scholarly articles assembled by the late Clark H. Pinnock of McMaster Divinity College.” Terry L. Miethe, former dean of the Oxford Study Centre, says “I cannot think of a more dangerous unbiblical teaching than Calvinism! I recommend this book highl … [Read more...]