Evangelicals and Sex: A Q&A with Amy DeRogatis

“The biggest misconception is that evangelicals are anti-sex.  They are not.  Contrary to popular stereotypes that characterize conservative Christians as prudes, since the 1960s evangelicals have been engaged in an enterprise to claim and affirm the joys of sex for married born-again Christians.” — Amy DeRogatis, author, Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism [Read More…]

Is Mormonism Congruent with Christianity?

By Terryl Givens Mormonism’s status as a Christian faith, and its exact relationship to Christianity, continue to be subjects of long-standing dispute. As prominent scholar Sydney Ahlstrom remarked of Mormonism in his celebrated Religious History of the American People, “One cannot even be sure if the object of our consideration is a sect, a mystery [Read More…]

A Balm for the Anxious Soul: A Review of Amy Simpson’s “Anxious”

I served as a hospital chaplain many moons ago visiting all the patients with no church affiliation. One guy and I became pretty good friends since he’d been in for so long recovering from a hip replacement. On one particular visit, he told me that his ankle was what really was hurting him that day. He [Read More…]

Finding Grace and Hope in the Midst of Anxiety: Reflections on “Anxious”

Reflections on Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry, by Amy Simpson Read more on this book in the Patheos Book Club here. I am grateful to Amy Simpson for naming a pervasive thread in the consciousness of so many in the 21st Century—the worry that attends so much of our musing, deciding and [Read More…]

An Invitation to Taste and See this Advent Season

The sacred anticipation of Advent and the joy of Christmastide often seem dimmed and fraught for leaders in the Church because they can’t imagine a new way to come at those familiar stories and themes. In her new book, Taste & See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas, spiritual director Jan Johnson offers a [Read More…]

Chuck Swindoll’s Abraham: A Book Review

Abraham. A major figure in three of the world’s major faiths, this quite ordinary man from the Early Bronze Age (circa 2000 BC) touches us (including many who don’t know him) in many unexpected ways. His life doesn’t stand as removed from us as we think. Many outside the West (or First World) live very [Read More…]

Advent as Sensation and Immersion: A Review of “Taste & See”

Advent devotionals are among my absolutely most favorite things in the world. Each year, as the crisp breezes of fall give way to the sharper chills of winter, I begin my search. For weeks, I browse the shelves of local bookstores, traipse the digital trails of Google and Amazon, and ask friends for recommendations. Last [Read More…]