It's dangerous to stress that an abuser isn't all bad. It's also accurate.
The woman looked at me with fear, pain, and trust—all things that the church has instilled in its faithful all these centuries.
Here are some projections and assumptions I face in my current context—and responses that reflect what the church I serve is called to be.
The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx
A review of Dominic Erdozain
Christians fail to realize that the responsibility for rebellion against the faith lies invariably at their own door.
Pentecost offers a vision for Europe: not one megastate or one system for everything, but a model of diversity as peace.
The exiled people of Judah turned to their stories—and found the belief that God would save them as before. Centuries later, Christians did the same.
One Sunday, I invited people to talk to us pastors about whatever troubled them. So after the service, I had no one to blame but myself.
In Terry Eagleton's compelling narrative, three plotlines run concurrently: a parade of ideas from the Enlightenment to the present, a sustained argument about the role of culture, and a burlesque apologetic for Christianity.
Perhaps normal people no longer assume that church is part of what it means to be normal. Or perhaps the idea of a normal center was flawed all along.
Jesus went slowly, purposefully into the eye of the storm. Only through the storm would he find what he was looking for.
After I gave a talk for the 70th anniversary of Bonhoeffer's death, I got a letter saying he's been drained of meaning. Here's what I replied.
Jesus’ model for ministry
Imagine you're walking through a big city and you see a homeless person. You have several options.
Be humble. Think of the imagination of God that brought creation into being; there could have been nothing.
Perhaps it's only when we let go of who and what our loved one was that we can receive who they are now.
Community, Contingency, and Creaturehood
James K. A. Smith suggests that the work of Richard Rorty can be a source of renewal—even though it makes many conservative Christians shrink in horror.
The New Testament offers two compelling models for our relationship with money. When translated into a vision for a whole society, each is flawed.
The collar says something to parishioner and stranger alike: while this doesn’t have to be the most important conversation of your life, it can be.
"Let it all out," I said. What came out was this: "I hate that man for having what I don't have. Why can't I smile with that kind of joy?"
The debate about Scottish independence fits neatly into the categories the academic discipline of ethics likes to produce.
"Sam!" she says. She's greeting me as if I changed her life. Unfortunately, I haven't a clue who she is.
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