The Missional Diagnostic Question

Advocates of “missional” church have been attempting to reframe how we think about church, specifically, and what “mission” means for each of us, more generally. There are a couple of short answers to those questions, as the “missional” movement has framed it. Perhaps most importantly, they want to stress that it is God who is […]

Adjustment Bureau

Does God’s sovereignty mean that God is in charge of every bit of minutia that transpires in the world–including the choices we make? Does God’s sovereignty mean that God determines certain outcomes that will definitely take place but other things are left up to us? If God has a “plan” for me, can I mess […]

Liturgy for Peace

I continue to wrestle with how we as Christian people might respond with wisdom, compassion, and integrity to the world at war (and otherwise lacking peace). The combination of rightly identifying God as a God of peace, of crying out to God to make that character known in the real world, and of confessing our […]

The Dangerous Act of Reading

I operate with deeply Protestant sensibilities. I read, work with, and respond to scripture anticipating that it will challenge, even upend, the paradigms that I bring with me to the task. As banal as that might sound (the idea that a 2,000 year old book is free to disrupt what we’ve come to know), I […]

My Aha

Over at Peter Enns’ blog I have a guest post. When did my understanding of the Bible begin to shift? I sat there on the shore for about three hours a day with nothing to do. So one day I decided that the logical way to spend my time would be to create a chart […]

Vines: God and the Gay Christian

Matthew Vines is out to show that the Christian case in favor of same-sex relationships is not the exclusive purview of the liberals. As an Evangelical, who seems to me to hold a view of scripture that is something akin to inerrancy, Vines writes God and the Gay Christian in order to establish what he […]