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God is Slow

March 22, 2013


There are some books you love the first time you read them, but should never be re-read because they are sweeter in memory than in reality. You grow and change so much as a person that revisiting them is like a return trip to your high school: everything is how you remember it, except you. […]

If Everything is God’s Plan, Then Nothing Is

March 6, 2013


I’ve been doing some personal and theological “reverse engineering” lately. It goes a little something like this: I see signs pointing in one direction. Could it be that hand of God moving in my life? A possibility opens before me and, could it be, God is opening a door? I am normally hesitant to make any such claims […]

Why I don’t tell the (whole) truth

July 25, 2012


I don’t usually speak everything I’m thinking. This may surprise you if you have ever been loaded down with my opinions, but its true, I sometimes hesitate speak up even when I know I should. There are many reasons for this, but mainly its because in my (almost) 33 years on this earth, I have […]

Character Study vs. Narrative Arc

June 21, 2012


As I am preparing to teach a course at Western Theological Seminary this fall, I am spending more time that usual reading about writing, stories, editing and the like. (I am still listening to Stieg Larrson’s novels on my commute. Come on, I can’t cut out all fiction.) In this effort to submerge myself in […]

Can the Good News Speak to Everyone?

May 2, 2012


Can the Good News of Jesus Christ speak to all people, places, and times? There are three possible answers to this. ANSWER #1: No. ANSWER #2: Yes. It can because all people suffer from the same problem and Jesus is the answer. This is what people mean when they use phrases like “a God shaped […]

Living a Sympathetic Life

April 17, 2012


One of the most helpful books ever written is How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren (for more on the later watch the Robert Redford directed, Quiz Show.) It’s title is both ironic and descriptive of the contents. Every high-school graduate should be required to read this book cover […]

When Shall We Judge?

January 24, 2012


I have been going through a time of doubt lately. Not exactly a crisis of faith, but rather a crisis of self. It’s like the old line, “I wouldn’t want to be part of any club that would let me be a member,” but slightly altered, “I don’t want any God (or system of belief) […]