Deep Hope

“I can’t write about the ending of the story, papa, because it doesn’t have an ending.” My six-year-old was in the back seat, dutifully completing her reading log for school. But The Giving Tree had introduced an unexpected wrinkle into her plans. “All the happy things happen at the beginning and the sad things happen […]

Assumption and Salvation

“What Christ did not assume is not redeemed.” That, or something like it, was a way that the early church fathers (Gregory? anyone help me out here?) reflected on the significance of Jesus’ incarnation and full humanity. Against the idea that he might not have had a human soul, for example, it was insisted that […]


“Hope is when you wish for something.” “No, hope is when you really think something is going to happen.” This conversation, overheard from the back seat of my car, embodies the dissonance many of us live in between hope as a powerful life-giving reality, and hope as a wishy-washy sense of desire. I choose my […]

Shema Christology in 1 Cor 8

The illustrious James McGrath has raised the question of how we are to take the allusion to the shema in 1 Cor 8. Here’s the verse in question: There is one God the Father. All things come from him, and we belong to him. And there is one Lord Jesus Christ. All things exist through […]

Forgiveness and Resurrection

Yesterday I did a little co-conspiring with Mark Scandrette and the guys from ikon here in San Francisco. We recorded a podcast about forgiveness (stay tuned for download details). The conversation generated a number of thoughts and questions, not all of them worked out in our short time recording. Perhaps one of the most important […]

He Shouldn’t Have Done It

Reflections on resurrection from the Misfit in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”: “Jesus was the only One that ever raised the dead,” the Misfit continued, “and he shouldn’t have done it. He thrown everything off balance. If He did what He said, then it’s nothing for you to do now but […]

Sure Deliverance

I’m not sure why, but the kids and I keep reading the Psalms. I know, it sounds like a really great idea. But in the words of a friend who attempted the same and ultimately was punished by God for it with a PhD in Old Testament, “There’s some really strange stuff in there.” Ok, […]