…all he had…

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46, NRSV The Good News of the Gospel is easy enough to tell: God is crazy about you!!! But the history of…

O God of Deep and Troubled Storms

O God of deep and troubled storms, Of peace yet tempest tossed; O Comforter of hearts that mourn For life both lived and lost, Teach us how to pray. Cannot our violence be dethroned? Will nations cease to rage? Does darkness triumph all alone? Can night be bright like day? Teach us how to pray….

Stanley Hauerwas – The Virtues / Practices of Slow Church [Video]

Today is the birthday of Stanley Hauerwas. And to celebrate, Englewood Review of Books has collected 10 short videos of him. Because I am such a fan of the folks at ERB and Hauerwas’s work has been so instrumental in my own spiritual formation, I thought it would be worth sharing here. Enjoy! Stanley Hauerwas…

Myopia and conversion: revolution and restoration

This blog was birthed with several aims in mind. I want to learn to be a better writer. I have a deep desire to take the things I have learned in academic theological conversations and translate them into a language that can be used in everyday discussions about the world around us. I want to…

Wheat, weeds, and mustard seeds

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves…

Is God a goofy gardener?

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some…

Different models of faithful living. Same Gospel.

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: “‘We played the pipe for you,     and you did not dance; we sang a dirge,     and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man…