• (Authenticated by) the Wounds of Love

    (Authenticated by) the Wounds of Love

    I was sick last Sunday, so I didn’t get to preach the sermon I had prepared. I’d been meaning to post it because I don’t think I will be in the same place next time the lectionary gives us this passage again. Also, this sermon is adapted for my blog’s audience and format, so it’s…

  • A Word About Love

    I’ve been following closely (probably too closely) the United Methodist Church’s 2019 General Conference about human sexuality for the past few days. I went in with low expectations, and came out sadder. One of the less-appreciated casualties of recent debates about sexuality, and of debates within the Christian church in general, has been the beauty…

  • Brother John: Purpose, Again

    As some of you may know, I am signed up for a cool program that gives me free books in exchange for my honest review. Free books make me happy, but I’ve been pretty busy lately, what with getting ordained and starting a job as a full-time pastor. But when Mike Morrell sent me an…

  • Finding God in Psalm 137

    Content warning: This Psalm is about people killing babies, and I am going to talk about that a lot. Psalm 137 is one of my favorite psalms in the whole Bible. This is unusual, I think, because unlike most people’s favorite psalms, 137 ends with a wish for the death of the children of the…

  • Why the Nones Left

    A friend of mine shared a link from Crossway titled “The Dying Away of Cultural Christianity.” In it, the author proposed (as evangelical authors so often do) that the rise of the Nones* happened because the Nones weren’t real Christians to begin with. Nope, they were just members of that boogeyman religion Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.…

  • Has Hell Bent Your Moral Compass?

    I’ve been following the stories about ICE lately, separating parents from children, and recently in the city where I live, an unarmed Black teenager was shot by a police officer. There have been the usual displays of awfulness from Christians trying to put the teenager on trial after the fact, and of course the general…

  • The Limits of Growth as a Measure of Orthodoxy

    The Limits of Growth as a Measure of Orthodoxy

    I’m here because I read the most recent iteration of the nonsensical triumphalist “growth=orthodoxy” blog post. Mark Tooley at Juicy Ecumenism wrote this screed against a post by Roger Wolsey. Wolsey’s post was titled “It’s Time for Progressive Christianity.” Tooley rejects much of what Wolsey says, and on some counts I agree, but as he’s…

  • I’m David, You’re Goliath

    Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are…

  • No Graven Images?

    A couple Sundays ago, I preached a sermon on the ten commandments. When I got to the second commandment, I asked, “Anybody tempted to carve an image of God and worship it?” No one was, so I moved on. But as I was driving to church the next week, I was wrestling with doubt, as…

  • Is There a Place for Male Professors at Seminary?

    Is There a Place for Male Professors at Seminary?

    Megachurch pastor and author John Piper has recently tweeted a blog post / podcast(?) in which he asks whether there is a place for female professors at Seminary. Truly, I could not believe what I was reading. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been out of The Dark World of Nonsense for such a long time. Or…