September 26, 2018

Better to be an honest unbeliever than pretending it’s easy to believe: Spencer’s Ten Point Argument for Faith Revisited

A few days ago, I received an 81 page manuscript from a person who reads my work, describing his recent conversion to atheism and how my writing played a role in his “de-conversion” from Christianity. This is the second time an atheist has told me I’ve played some part in his desertion of Christianity. I […]

Sin to spite the devil

“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We […]

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.

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 worse than Bill Maher. Lots worse. I stand in the shadow of the […]

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 winner because it’s great art and a great starter for discussions. It is a simple […]

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, or the sermon or the preacher. I do remember something that happened at the […]

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 were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of […]

Greatness and The Passing of Uncles

My uncles are almost gone. Uncle Charlie’s cancer has returned. My Uncle Joe is nearly blind. My dad’s last brother no longer knows anyone, and you’d never know he was once the seemingly indestructible pastor of my youth. Slowly, they are growing older. Too rapidly, they are going away.

Subcultural Spirituality or “I know he’s a Christian because I saw it on his bumper sticker.”

One of the axioms of my critique of evangelicalism is this: methodology creates theology. By this I mean that when evangelicals have adopted particular methods, such as the evangelistic sales pitch or the powerpoint designed sermon, they will soon develop an accompanying theology, generally morphed in the direction of justifying and spiritualizing what they are […]

CT and me on Eldredge

CT has a large article on John Eldredge. I understand where the guys who give me “I hate theology” syndrome get annoyed at Eldredge, but I have to admit a lack of excitement myself, even though much of what he says has a Piperesque quality to it. Dan Allender, one of Eldredge’s mentors during his […]