Thinking out loud about theology, ministry, and life with Jesus

The End is Music :: Learning to “Speak Jenson”

I first became aware of the late Robert W. Jenson more than a decade ago when a friend of mine related to me this quote of his (which I have used often): “God is whoever raised Jesus from the dead, having before raised Israel from Egypt…” (ST 1, p. 63)…

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Reading Habits

(This is a post probably most relevant to those who preach and teach in the church, but I think it likely that others will benefit as well.) I’m often asked by people what I’m reading. It’s a hard question to answer, not because I don’t know what I’m reading (obviously),…

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Rumors of Resurrection

For all of the buildup to Easter in our churches, one of the curious things I have always noticed about the Gospels is how little they actually say about the resurrection. And what little they do say is, well, not quite what we may have anticipated. Chapter upon chapter leading…

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An Ash Wednesday Prayer

Ash Wednesday For the believer: Death has been transformed; from an enemy to a friend who helps us on the road to life   Christ has conquered and converted our longtime foe So that alienation is no longer part of its deadly elixir   In baptism: We are united with…

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Christianity and the Strengthening of the Emotional Life

I have a very complex (and often stormy!) emotional life. Laughter, tears, and deep longing… all of that can happen in the first 15 minutes of my day. It can be exhilarating… and exhausting. Over the years I have found that the life of self-discipline which Christianity entails is a…

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Entering Silence

What is the role of solitude and silence in our efforts to follow the living Christ who leads us by his Spirit into the future the Father dreams for us? For me, those twin disciplines have been indispensable. Through them, the Lord has–time and time again–enabled me to see what…

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O Come, Emmanuel // Our Advent Plea

I remember the first time I heard it, what has become my favorite Christmas song. My dad, who has a background in music and theater, delivered it as a special during a worship service in our church one December many years ago. He walked out onto the stage with no…

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My Favorite Books of 2017

I have a reputation for reading a lot. Always have. The funny thing is, I never feel like I read a lot, or enough. And that’s probably where all the reading comes from–the exquisite thrill of having a new experience, coming by new knowledge, seeing the world in a new…

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Good Death

I sat beside the bedside of an 84 year old woman who is maybe days, perhaps even hours, away from her death. Dorothy is her name. I didn’t know her personally until yesterday. Her son attended our church in Denver and when his mom took a turn for the worst,…

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