Tanks Become Tractors

Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that… Continue reading

Prayer as Kingdom-Making

The Christian knows it is possible to enter into dialogue with this loving God and so work at renewing the earth.  Praying, therefore, is the most critical activity we are capable of, for… Continue reading

O Happy Day!

The United States Supreme Court paved the way today for the legalization of same-sex marriage. What a glorious day! Well, not for the reason you might think I would say that.  I am… Continue reading

Review: Sara Gaston Barton’s “A Woman Called”

When I stepped on to the campus of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1989 as a reserved and very foreign freshman everyone knew senior John Barton and his girlfriend Sara Gaston.  They… Continue reading

The End Is Near!

SPOILER ALERT: If for some reason you don’t know how the movie Oz generally ends, don’t read on. I went to a vividly colorful, feel-good movie tonight — Oz, The Great and Powerful,… Continue reading

What’s Wrong with Work?

In the first section of their book Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf do a superb job of exploring what work was intended to be: a calling to other-focused service… Continue reading

More Than Just a Job (Why Work Is Good Not Evil)

For too many people, their faith has little to do with their work.  Sure, they don’t allow their jobs to be an excuse for ruthlessness or immorality, but their faith doesn’t inform their… Continue reading

Doing What We Want, Not What We Believe

What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies. (Thomas Cranmer, 16th Century) Today, I ran upon this quote from Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1533-56 and leader of the… Continue reading

Taking the Bible As It Is, Not How We Want It

Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible, Chapter 6: Accepting Complexity and Ambiguity With a wondrous five-day break for Thanksgiving, I have finally been able to return to Christian Smith’s book on interpreting the… Continue reading

Hiking the Bruce Trail: Epping to Wodehouse

In my quest to hike all of the Beaver Valley section of the Bruce Trail, I continued by journey on my most recent trip to Canada last week.  I picked up the trail… Continue reading