The time has come for us to move platforms, which means the time has now arrived for you to update your RSS feeds and email subscriptions accordingly. We are very grateful to our friends here at Patheos for hosting us the past few years. Joining forces was an experiment, one that they made easy to say [Read More…]

Christmas Playlist 2013: Instrumental Good Cheer

Instrumental Christmas:  The Sanders household just wasn’t in the mood for the all-out onslaught of the familiar Christmas music in the early days of this December, so we put together a set of wordless wonders, and we sought out as many unfamiliar tunes as possible. It’s a nice change of pace (though if you want [Read More…]

Contemplata Aliis Tradere: Aquinas according to Bauerschmidt

(From a paper I read at ETS 2013 in Baltimore, as part of a panel responding to “Hillbilly Thomist” Fritz Bauerschmidt’s new book on Thomas Aquinas.) The Oxford University Press series Christian Theology in Context promises to situate theologians in their cultures and histories, to “understand how theologies are themselves cultural products” and how theological [Read More…]

First Lines of Theology Books

Joan Didion once said that the first line of a book is the decisive part. “What’s so hard about that first sentence is that you’re stuck with it. Everything else is going to flow out of that sentence. And by the time you’ve laid down the first two sentences, your options are all gone.” Didion was talking [Read More…]

We’re Not Lost by The Show Ponies

Album Review by Janelle and Phillip Aijian   “We’re not lost, we just don’t know where to go.” The lyric from the Show Ponies’ sophomore effort invokes not only the album title, but also one of its major themes: humor and humility in the midst of an uncertain journey.  But rather than “the hero’s journey,” [Read More…]

Classic Texts on the Atonement

Every now and then someone asks me for a list of my favorite books on the doctrine of the atonement. This is my list of favorite classics, to be followed by a list of contemporary works. Athanasius, On the Incarnation: for my money, this is the best intro text to the doctrine of the atonement [Read More…]

Benediction for LABTS Graduation 2013

The Los Angeles Bible Training School graduated another class of Bible students last week. These graduates have earned a Bible certificate that equips them to carry on their ministries with greater depth and more training, based on a systematic study of the Scriptures. The commencement speaker was Dr. Clint Arnold, dean of Talbot School of [Read More…]

When the joy of sex gets replaced by the fear of not being sexy enough.

Here’s a little meditation on marriage I wrote for the Christianity Today blog Her.meneutics. [Read more…]

Theological Atomic Physicists and their Simplifiers

This is a cartoon that was circulated in grad school. I’ve seen it published a few times but don’t know who to credit it to. The captions sound like some sort of Teutonic Latin: “Theologischer Atomphysiker” means “theological atomic physicist,” while “multiplikatoren” and “simplifikatoren” are “multipliers” and “simplifiers.” Then the punch line is in English: [Read More…]

The Cow is Happy; Not So the Fish

Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact was a Roman Catholic comic book that ran every two weeks from 1946 to 1972, and contained a little bit of everything.  Here are two panels from a Lent feature. Treasure Chest generated so much content that it was bound to be uneven. This particular story is striking, I [Read More…]