Some further thoughts and suggestions from NT Wright

After I got back from the Hayward Lectures in 2006, I took a deep dive into N.T. Wright’s writings. Over the next year I read about a half-dozen of his books, and over the next few years I read pretty much all of his major writing. He writes for both the academy and...

Wright and the Resurrection

This is the fourth in 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...

Psalms, Self, and Community

It was around the time when the two tenters appeared in the church parking lot that I read Eugene Peterson’s Where Your Treasure Is. I remember this because, along with the book, it was the other most memorable thing that happened in that summer of work. I was serving...

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...

A Selfish Prayer? (Daily Psalms, Part Two: Psalm 67)

In this brief series of posts, I’m paying attention to Psalms that are prayed in some parts of the Christian church on a daily basis, and asking a simple question: how would this Psalm better direct our daily life with God? At first glance Psalm 67 doesn’t seem like...