August 24, 2019

Can You Study A Book Too Much?

I’m not a literature scholar, but I play one in the classroom several hours a week. That is, when I’m not teaching the Bible to kids from all over America and the world, I teach AP English. Mostly Shakespeare and poetry. The interaction of the two brings some stimulating questions to my mind from time […]

Humiliation, Humanity and the Fifth Commandment: Can We Tell The Truth About Those Whose Sin Affects Us?

Also of interest on this topic: “Does the Story Matter?” (From December of 04) Here’s my original review of Schaeffer’s book, and a later link to an interview with Schaeffer. “My father sexually abused me.” “Both of my parents are in prison on drug charges.” “My dad had another wife and kids in another town, […]

Sexual Freedom, Pullman’s Atheism and Christian Humanism

UPDATE: Stan Gutherie surveys components of the Christian response to Atheism. Some of my thoughts after reading The Atlantic Monthly’s feature story on The Golden Compass. Chataway cover’s the director’s response to the Atlantic Monthly’s article. There is no more important single distinction in theology than the difference between being God-centered and man-centered. After years […]

Can Christians Share in the Joke?

First, a letter from an IM reader, then some thoughts on humor. Greetings. First, let me say I have thoroughly enjoyed the last year or so since I came across your website. It has been a blessing for me. You’re probably thinking I’m setting you up for something. Not really. I do have an issue […]

Riffs: 05:12:07: John Dennis on the Life He Didn’t Live…Because He Lived the “Christian” Life

This post is really going to annoy a lot of you, but I want to remind you that this web site is about provocative thinking and writing to get you vitally connected to Jesus. Sometimes, the only way to HEAR something, to really HEAR IT, is to hear it in a way that offends you, […]

Gospel Relevance=Gospel Application

Studying Acts with my students, it’s freshly clear to me that the immediate struggle of the early Christians was not only, or even particularly, theological, but practical. How do we live out, in the church, family, community and world, the significance of Jesus NOW? What kind of behavior, actions and community appear in “”the Kingdom […]

Tomorrow. Tomorrow.

UPDATE: 4:37 p.m. As good as promised….even with the out. Tomorrow is opening day in Cincinnati, in case you didn’t know. So here’s a baseball post. Sometime tomorrow afternoon, I’m going to tear up at a baseball game. It’s a certainty. I’m going to tear up because of a moment that is going to happen […]

Thoughts and Review: The Unseen by Craig Wright

The Unseen by Craig Wright, March 16, 2007, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Humana Festival of New American Plays. It will probably be a long time before you have the opportunity to see Craig Wright’s stunning short play, “The Unseen.” If you get the chance, it will probably be at a university theater performance where some […]

The Journey of Forgiveness

I am continuing some of my pastoral reflections on forgiveness. One of the most useful insights I ever received into the subject of forgiveness came from meditating on the commands, “Love, pray and do good for your enemies,” and “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Jesus forgave perfectly. Like […]

On Repentance and Forgiveness

A friend called me the other day for some pastoral advice. A co-worker was making the case that, as a Christian, he was not obligated to forgive a person who doesn’t repent. In other words, repentance is the condition on which we forgive those who have wronged us. And, of course, she had a verse. […]