Jesus, the Truly Human Being

(or, Why You Should Never Use “I’m Only Human” as an Explanation for Doing Wrong) This is the second of a series of posts that could be titled, “Helpful Stuff I’ve Learned.” Most of these bits of learning were connected with reading books or sitting under certain...

The Right-Side-Up Kingdom

This is the first of a series of posts that could be titled, “Helpful Stuff I’ve Learned.” Most of these bits of learning were connected with reading books or sitting under certain teachers, so I’m usually going to share them as little pieces of autobiography: how I...

Imagination-Training in the Church

What is involved in shepherding a church? What are a church’s leaders and especially its pastors called to do? This is a question that, despite fifteen years as a pastor and a lifetime in the church, I find myself revisiting quite often. There are some things I know...

Like a Tree

We had a hard rain last night. As we listened to it pounding outside our open window, we wondered about the seeds we had planted in the garden a week ago. Would the force of the water be too much for those little seeds, or would they already be secure in their place?...

Be With Us

I’m up early, engaged in morning devotions, and I start to worry. My prayers are lazy, a sequence of uncreative words to God rattled off without enough thought. I glance at prayers from the church’s past—rich biblical prayers like those in the Psalms or the letters of...