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  • Dec 5

    Jesus Creed Books of the Year

    Somewhere between 200-300 books cross my desks per year. From these I select books that strike a chord in me or must be read because of my writing or teaching. Each year then I select one as the Jesus Creed (or Tov Unleashed) Book ...

  • Dec 2

    Moments

    Several years ago, my twin sons asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told them that they couldn't get me what I wanted. I looked at them, with a more serious tone than they intended the conversation to have, and told them, ...

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  • Nov 18

    Showing Up Isn't Enough

    Showing Up Isn't Enough

    Last week’s blog, “Preaching to Unbelievers,” prompted a little discussion between Scot and me. If we are in fact preaching to unbelievers, then what should we do about it? When I told Scot that he had given me a ...

  • Nov 11

    Preaching to Unbelievers

    I’ve noticed a recurring topic in my conversations with other pastors. For some reason - and maybe it’s my gray hair or the fact that I’ve been serving at my current position for over thirty years - other pastors, ...

  • Nov 9

    Eschatology of Politics

    Somewhere overnight or this morning the eschatology of American Christians may become clear. If a Republican wins and the Christian becomes delirious or confident that the Golden Days are about to arrive, that Christian has an eschatology ...

  • Nov 4

    Rooting Out Sin

    When I was growing up in the South, my brother and I had a weekly summer ritual -- digging dandelions out of the front yard. When you are little, you love dandelions for their fluffy bloom that, when you gently blow on it, would send ...

  • Oct 28

    The Crisis of "Followship"

    The Crisis of "Followship"

    Regardless of what discipline you might study, one issue continues to be discussed and analyzed more than any other: the crisis of leadership. Whether you're reading about business, politics, social justice, or church life, the ...


  • What is the Biblical Call to Justice?Racial division abounds in our culture. How can churches be agents of healing?Are you prepared to engage within your church and your community about this? Seminary Now and Christianity Today have ...
  • Oct 21

    Peculiar

    Every pastor will face the seduction of being "one of the gang." The temptation will begin in the interview process. Someone on the committee will say, "We're looking for a pastor who will be one of us." What ...