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Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Well, call me the Scrooge of Thanksgiving, but I’m just not feeling thankful. The more someone tells me to “Be thankful!” the more I feel a sense of despair. Are you feeling pres ...

Islam and the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas: The Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck Debate
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

I agree with Bill Maher and Sam Harris that we have to criticize bad ideas. But the “mother lode of bad ideas” doesn’t come from Islam. That’s an arrogant claim that will only kindle the spirit of violence and ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

Envy: Greed's Ugly Cousin
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

When we are envious, we gain nearly as much pleasure from the idea of the other person not having the thing we want as we do from the idea of having it ourselves. I drive a Prius. ...

NBC’s 'Parenthood:' When the Winning Strategy is Losing
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

The strange truth about conflict is that we do not fight because we want different things. If we want different things, what is there to fight about? The writers of Parenthood ...

David Brooks and Religious Hostility: Tasting Goodness
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Why do religious believers spend so much energy reinforcing their (our – I’m one of those orthodox believers) borders, building thicker and higher dividing walls designed to keep out the underserving, the sinn ...

Surviving Chiberea: On Scapegoating the Weather
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The relentless snow and the extreme cold provide an opportunity to build a sense of community. Neighbors suffer through this weather together. We check in on one another to make sure people are surviving and s ...

Strange Fire: John MacArthur, Mark Driscoll, the Holy Spirit, and the Satan
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

This scandal, like most scandals, was overblown. Driscoll says that MacArthur and his people were “gracious that they let me on campus at all.” What was Driscoll doing “on campus?” ...

Our Most Segregated Hour: Church, Black Theology & René Girard
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

The Theology and Peace Conference this year offers not just the space for such a dialogue … framed through the extraordinary arguments of René Girard, scholars, theologians, ministers, and laypeople from aroun ...

Top 3 Reasons Rob Bell Matters: Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 8
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Maybe what I appreciate most about this book is the sense of wonder it provides. The book and our conversations have reminded me that nothing simply “is what it is.” (The Contr ...