It’s Moving Day

After many awesome years at Patheos — with higher blog traffic than I ever could have hoped for — I’ve decided to move my blog back to my own site. Starting on Monday, I’ll be posting there (and posting more frequently than I have in recent weeks). I love Patheos, and I am especially grateful to Deb Arca — she is an amazing human being, and just the kind of uplifting voice that I so often need in the brambles… Read more

The Year in Blogging: Top Posts…with Goodies!

I passed a decade as a blogger this year. My first post was on January 25, 2004. Since then, I have published 2,747 posts and collected nearly 50,000 comments. Probably even more momentous, I’ve nurtured some thoughts on the atonement from blog posts to an ebook to a major release from HarperOne, coming March 24. If that’s not enough to make you believe in the power of blogging, I don’t know what is. My posting frequency was down in 2014,… Read more

Limping Into the New Year — A Christmas Diagnosis

I am limping out of 2014 and into 2015. One week ago today, I had foot surgery, and I’m just now able to put weight on that foot. I’ll be in a boot for several more weeks as the bone that was cut regrows around the pins that should now keep it straight. I am also limping out of the year spiritually. (more…) Read more

Peace in Platte

I’m back in South Dakota for a few days. It’s the last hunt of the year. My buddies and I made the front page of the paper on opening weekend. Here’s the whole front page, a nice slice of small town life: It’s been a busy fall, teaching a seminary class, launching a book line, rewriting and editing my own book, and planning a couple conferences. Nothing has given my soul rest like my hunting trips — duck hunting in… Read more

New Date, Final Cover, Big News #DGKJ

After sprinting the final couple miles of a marathon, just this morning I have turned in my final revisions on Did God Kill Jesus: Searching for Love in History’s Most Famous Execution. The on-sale date has been pushed back a week to make room for production issues, so mark your calendars for March 24. There will be a book release party in the Twin Cities, at the On Being studios. I will also be in Chicago the previous week, and preaching… Read more

Is Rob Bell This or That?

So, Rob Bell has a TV show coming out on December 21. This is the most long-awaited show in the history of Christendom. Ever since he moved from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Laguna Beach, California, from churchland to Hollywood, we’ve been waiting for his show. His first show — a drama — was shelved. His second show has been worked and reworked since it was filmed last summer. And now it’s coming out. Also, he’s got a new book out…. Read more

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Subtitle

I am in the final throes of edits on my next book — what promises to be my most important book. I’ve made no secret of the title, Did God Kill Jesus? And now, after much thought and several rounds of back-and-forth with the publisher, I can reveal the subtitle: (more…) Read more

Insane Black Friday Deal on #C21PHX

The Best Deal We’ve Ever Offered: Ten spots available for Christianity21 for only $99 — that’s a savings of $150! CLICK NOW. After they’re gone, you can still get a Black Friday ticket for just $149, which is $100 off. And don’t forget, the Early Bird Price for Progressive Youth Ministry ends at midnight on Sunday. See below for details, and don’t delay — these deals will go quickly! Read more

Justice Is Possible #Ferguson

This is a guest post by Anthony Smith, aka postmodernnegro. No indictment for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in his murder of Michael Brown. Not shocked. Definitely not surprised. However, I am sad and angry. To many people this is not understood. But to many in my cohort, this is a part of the cultural furniture of living in the United States of America. We get it. We experience the onslaught of daily indignities that are the crumbs of endemic white… Read more

No One’s Heard of Paul Ricoeur

I’ve spent the last week at academic conferences on religion (honestly, the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society is only vaguely academic — it is primarily fideistic, it seems). To wander around among 10,000 theologians, biblical scholars, and professors of religion at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion is a great way to nerd out with your geek out. That is, if you’re into theology and religion. But most people aren’t. At AAR you can hear… Read more

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