Reading scripture in unexpected places can unsettle the reading you were likely to bring to the text. So once a week I read a short biblical passage in some place other than my home or office.
What if everything we taught our kids about sex were grounded in a vision of God’s love in everyday life?
This is not a classic conversion story, let alone a pietistic revulsion against the intellect. It is an account of how prayer has the power to change one's perception of the theological task.
Paul tells us to "resolve" never to put a hindrance to the gospel before another person—and resolve is what it takes. By initiating a conversation about hell, Rob Bell is putting his reputation on the line.
The first Sunday of Lent is the best time of the year to talk about sin. Many people in the church, especially the mainline church, are stuck when it comes to the overlap of sin and sensuality. No one really wants to be the pastor who comes over all judgmental about sex.
The doctrine of justification really occurs only in Romans and Galatians. But wherever you look in Paul's letters, you see him arguing and working for the unity of the church.