5 Reasons Why We Need More Guns on Campus

The Texas legislature has passed Senate Bill 11, which allows college students to carry a concealed, holstered gun into college campus buildings. Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law.I'm a professor. I've taught at Ohio Northern University, Duke University, Seattle Pacific University, and now Southern Methodist University. I've been around. Let me tell you why I think this is a great bill.Campus Carry Is Great Exposure for Higher Education. College reputations … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on How to Prepare a Sermon

The pope and I agree. He's in very good company! (Okay, I'll admit, it goes the other way, too.)What do we agree about? How to prepare a sermon.Here's the backstory to how I know Pope Francis and I agree.I wrote this week to Susan Stabile, a law professor and Faculty Fellow of Spiritual Life at the University of St. Thomas. Susan had written an endorsement for Forty Days with the Holy Spirit followed by a fine blog post. I wrote to her about my first term at Perkins School of Th … [Read more...]

The Promise of Pentecost You May Not Know

In the days prior to that first Pentecost, Jesus’ followers were huddled together, gathered around a single command, a solitary promise. Jesus had told them to wait in Jerusalem for the “promise of the father” (Luke 24;49). So they did.What would that promise have looked like to them? What exactly were they waiting for? A clue to the answer lies in Peter’s sermon, which he delivers after the upper-room faithful are filled with the holy spirit and speak in other dialects, which scattered Jewis … [Read more...]

Scot McKnight’s A Fellowship Of Differents

What happens when you cross a top notch New Testament scholar, a genuinely funny guy, and a former fundamentalist?You get Scot McKnight, who has ample skill to imagine the world of the New Testament (that’s the scholar part), who can happily compare the church to a salad (that’s the funny guy), and who can relate to many of his readers by talking frankly about his upbringing in a conservative church—though without rancor (that’s the former fundie). Scot McKnight is a one-of-a-kind author who … [Read more...]

When Will the Untold Stories End? Another Entry for Black History Month

Guest essay by Priscilla Pope-Levison Around the turn of the nineteenth century, Emma Ray and her husband L.P. experienced conversion to the Christian faith at an African Methodist Episcopal church in Seattle, Washington.Not long after, they experienced that distinctive, instantaneous experience of the holiness movement called sanctification. In her autobiography, Twice Sold, Twice Ransomed,  Emma describes a jolt like a lightning bolt that struck her head and coursed through her body "from … [Read more...]

Can o’ Corn! A Simple Practice for a Significant Lent

“Can o’ corn!” my high school baseball coach, Coach Hogan, used to quip whenever one of us popped up. “Can o’ corn,” in baseball slang, means “Easy play.” Boy, did I ever give Coach Hogan opportunities to say, “Can o’ corn.”Patheos’ Deborah Arca has asked some of us, If we've never considered a spiritual practice for Lent, what is a first step, or a first experience, we might consider?Heck, the answer to that is a can o’ corn.No, I mean it: “Can o’ corn.”Huh?It’s easy to set o … [Read more...]