May 27, 2017

Beyond the bizarre and the arbitrary: How I became pro-life

"Doctors should not be aborting fetuses at a stage at which another doctor "operating under a different set of instructions" could give that same baby a reasonable chance of leading a full and healthy life." Charlotte … [Continue reading...]

A Secular Victory for Religious Fundamentalists: Chris Hitchens gets it right

Glory Hallelujah. Pass the offering plate and someone say "Help me, Jesus!" Revival has arrived, and the evangelist is my favorite atheist, Christopher Hitchens.So here is what I want to say on the absolutely crucial matter of … [Continue reading...]

Caedmon’s Call: London, Ky 11/3/04

Just returned from seeing Caedmon's Call with about a 100 OBI students and staff. A few reflections on the concert and the new CD in extended comments. … [Continue reading...]

I’m worse than Bill Maher

You know what? Reading this really makes me angry. I read this, and I'd like to be one of those offended Christians. Call Dobson. Call Roy Moore. Tell the guy off for insulting Christians. All that yap. But you know what? I'm … [Continue reading...]

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery:” A theological reflection on the Gospel of the scapegoat

Today's lesson in my AP English IV class was Shirley Jackson's well-known short story, "The Lottery." Many of you probably read this story in your senior year of high school. From the standpoint of a teacher, "The Lottery" is a … [Continue reading...]

Comment Spam-be gone!

I want to thank BHT fellow Phillip Winn for some MT wizardry that once and for all rids me of the plague of comment spam that has decimated this site. The price to pay for peace in the neighborhood is small: you must preview … [Continue reading...]

To Know We’re Not Alone

It was 1973, a year before my high school graduation. I was sixteen, a young preacher-boy at a revival meeting at a church in our community. I remember the tiny church being packed, but I don't remember anything about the service, … [Continue reading...]

Contemporary Worship and “The Walnut Street Epiphany”

"Yesterday, in Louisville, at the corner of 4th and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we … [Continue reading...]

Contemporary Worship and the Walnut Street Epiphany

“Yesterday, in Louisville, at the corner of 4th and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we … [Continue reading...]

A Contrarian Manifesto for the Church Growth Debate

I have been in a lot of debates about the current worship and church revolution known as the seeker-sensitive, Purpose-Driven church. I've stated my case, taken on the other side, and come back to argue the same issues again and … [Continue reading...]