May 31, 2016

Pentecost Sunday with Henri Nouwen: May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life This is Pentecost Sunday, and today we conclude our series of reflections on his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were […]

Civil Religion Series: America as a “Christian Nation” in the 19th Century

Civil Religion, part seven America as a “Christian Nation” in the 19th Century Presidential election years in the U.S. provide American Christians an opportunity to reflect upon our faith and how it applies to our lives as citizens and to the public issues that affect us all. We are taking many Tuesdays throughout 2016 to […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: May 8, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life This is the final Sunday in Eastertide and next Sunday we mark Pentecost. During this season we are contemplating words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source is his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • Today, we consider two […]

Progressive Antidotes: Worship not Performance – the Pursuit of Authenticity

Progressive Antidotes Worship not Performance – the Pursuit of Authenticity We are spending some time with Morgan Guyton’s new book, How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity. Guyton represents one of the three main streams that has flowed out of American evangelical culture to form post-evangelicalism. This third stream, as we discussed […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: May 1, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we are contemplating some words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • Today, Nouwen focuses his attention on the part of the Emmaus […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: April 17, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we will provide some brief readings from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be Nouwen’s book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. In the book’s introduction, Henri Nouwen tells why he wrote […]

Easter II: Lee Camp on “The Politics of Easter”

I saw this referenced and quoted over at Jesus Creed, and it is too good to not repeat. The following is from an article at the Huffington Post called, “The Politics of Easter,” by Lee C. Camp, professor of theology at Lipscomb University. Christianity is often misunderstood, and often misunderstood by the “believers.” Easter is a […]

Crux probat omnia

I have begun reading Fleming Rutledge’s outstanding new book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, just in time for Good Friday. She notes that the contemporary church tends to neglect the crucifixion in favor of emphasizing the resurrection. This cannot be done! Rutledge insists upon “the unique significance of the crucifixion at the heart of […]

Pete Enns on trusting our beliefs more than trusting God

One of the books I’m anticipating most in 2016 in Peter Enns’s The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs, due out in early April. I believe it will be a great gift to those with the courage to question. For several years now, Pete has been on a journey, […]

Black & White Bible, Black & Blue Wife: Ruth Tucker’s Story

He dwelleth wyth his wyfe according to knowledge, that taketh her as a necessary helper, and not as a bonde servante, or a bonde slave. And yf she be not obedient and healpful unto hym, endeavoureth to beate the feare of God into her heade, that thereby she maye be compelled to learne her dutie, […]