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November 8, 2019

One wonders today whether one can do Veteran’s Day without politicized jingoism. Today support for the military, the flag, and patriotism has itself become a culture war battlefield. Public affirmations of patriotism today seem to border on religious idolatry. A Christ...

September 24, 2019

The American church is not immune from global forces in spite of the presumed American exceptionalism. We’d be wise to keep an eye on the big picture—in this case the drop in Christians in New Zealand and the collapse of 40 low-cost airlines in Europe.

At one level thes...

August 27, 2019

“Life, like driving in Ireland, would be so much easier with more signs and a lot more difficult without any. And like driving in Ireland, I long for more assurance from God. But can I truly say I do not have enough? Isn’t it my unrealistic expectations (and grumbling)...

August 10, 2019

He stood out in a room of forty balding pastors. Most were old and graying with the settled paunch of a largely inactive lifestyle. He was young, covered in long pink hair, with “Black Lives Matter” emblazoned on his T-shirt. Sitting on the front row, it was clear that...

August 2, 2019

Can “White” People Be Saved? Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission, edited by Love L. Sechrest, Johnny Ramírez-Johnson, and Amos Yong / IVP Academic Missiological Engagements Series, 2018

In the United States, Black men are far more likely to be hassled by law enfor...

July 26, 2019

Many “religious nones” have settled as atheists on their spiritual journey. Christians do not often respect this decision. Yet there is often more intellectual honesty and emotional health in these emerging unbelievers than is common among the average member of the eva...

June 12, 2019

 To be post-Christian is to embrace the new Copernican ethos. This means that one is intuitively post-Enlightenment and post-secular. One is no longer animated by abstract left-brain either/or categories or hold to one's convictions with a kind of fundamentalist certai...

May 31, 2019

Have you ever thought of the experience of being lost as a spiritual discipline?

The Celtic spiritual tradition is known to highlight “thin places,” those sacramental spots where the distance between heaven and earth seem thin. Related to this idea is “thin times,” mome...

March 20, 2019

This past week I had the opportunity to sit for an hour with Dr. Randal Roberts, president of Western Seminary. I have suggested that the Pacific-Northwest is the cultural epicenter of the new Copernican ethos. So to discuss my book, The New Copernicans: Millennials an...

February 21, 2019

Church needs to be re-imagined. My study of millennials has ruined church for me. In the words of former Parkland anti-gun activist Emma González, I’m prone to want to “call BS” on much that I hear week to week in church sermons. I'm always thinking how my millennial c...

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