Enemy of the State

One by one, his followers were targeted and harassed and then forced into hiding. Even those who were only nominally affiliated with this man were shamed, cast out of their homes and into the hands of...

When We All Get to Heaven

If it weren’t for Facebook, I would have missed the flap over Rob Bell this past weekend. Here’s the story in a nutshell: Bell’s publishing company released a trailer for Bell’...

The Prodigal Son

Sundays when I was little, our beleaguered mother—divorced, in school, raising three kids—put us on the church bus, put a roast in the crock pot, and settled in for a couple of hours of respite. S...

The Old Rugged Cross

My drama teacher in high school taught me how to play the blues and drink my coffee black (he probably would have taught me to chain smoke, too, but I took a pass). I’ve also been a church musi...

Belief in the Immanent Frame

There’s a riveting scene in the film Amadeus where Salieri, deeply envious of Mozart’s talent, is so angry at God that he removes the crucifix from his wall and burns it in the fire, swea...

Red Herring

God is a red herring. I have, at several different points, found atheism attractive. I’ve tried it out, more or less earnestly, on a couple of occasions, but the truth is my world is not quite d...

Counting Blue Cars

I knelt in front of the minister, whom I’d sought out for this very purpose: to be anointed with oil and prayed over in order to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. By this I mean that I wanted...

Why Remain?

It’s a fair question. I have enough departures from “orthodox” Christianity that it won’t do for me to cry foul if someone wonders why I’m a Christian at all. This has pr...

Farther Along

So, I’m neck-deep in dissertation stuff. This is my life right now, besides grading papers. I’m taking notes for chapter 3, trying to sort John Howard Yoder’s The Politics of Jesus i...