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

Keeping the Creative Soul Pure

My friend and colleague Dr. Pete Sanchez invited me this past weekend to give a handful of talks to our New Life Worship department at their fall retreat in lovely Buena Vista. (Props to the Frontier Ranch folks. Love that place.) The theme of the talks was “Beauty, Worship, and…

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William Blake – On Another’s Sorrow

One of the things I love most about Christian faith is the notion that God is both utterly transcendent and, precisely by that fact, utterly imminent. That is, he is both “beyond” us and so much “above the beyond” (as Gregory of Nyssa put it) that he is closer to…

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Thoughts on Bishop Curry’s Royal Wedding Sermon

Now that the dust has settled on a weekend in which we witnessed a truly memorable royal wedding and, with it, a perhaps still more memorable wedding homily by one of the most prominent leaders (and finest preachers!) of the global church, Bishop Michael Curry, I’d like to offer a…

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Why Become a Christian?

I’ve been doing a bit of reading lately for a possible doctoral research project having to do with the faith and practice of the early church. As such, my Amazon “recommended for you” is getting more interesting by the minute :). One of the really good books I’ve read on…

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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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