An Interview with David Flowers, and his review of Faith Without Illusions

Having written a book is allowing me to begin friendships with a host of like-minded people out there that I would have otherwise never met.  One of them is David Flowers.  This guy is thinking hard about the nature of “church” and posting some really good stuff.  I encourage you to check out his blog,…

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Most Cynical Characters in Literature & Film: Who comes to Mind?

I like how Busby’s last post encouraged reader participation.  Let’s continue thinking about a theology of work—keep sending in your thoughts so we can think through those issues together.  We have had some good comments so far. For a much less important project, I want to ask for your contributions as well.  I had this…

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Theology of Work/Vocation

Joel here. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Now that another semester is done, I hope to be a little more active. Lately, my thoughts have been consumed by the theology of work. My closest friends are not vocational ministers and I’m wanting to think hard and create a resource for them as they seek…

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Another Review

Cogito | Credo posted a review of Faith Without Illusions.  Again, reading reviews of my book is such a strange—yet usually satisfying—experience.  It is comforting to know someone actually took time to read what one has poured so much of his life into.  In many ways, my wife and I feel as if the book…

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The Day After the End of Days (on eschatological cynicism)

[Related to this post is “1988” below.] What do you do when the alarm starts chirping the morning after the world was supposed to end?  What do you do when the most precious of all promises (the return of Christ) fails to happen on (the latest popularized) schedule? You get up, you brew another cup…

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Review of FWI at Englewood Review of Books

I was very excited to see that the Englewood Review of Books has posted a review of Faith Without Illusions on their website.  You can check it out here. It is both nerve-wracking and exciting to read these reviews.  The most interesting fact to report on the experience is that I always seem to learn…

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1988 (what do boys do when the world fails to end?)

From the movie 2012; photo found at National Geographic I was in the minivan with my sister.  The side door was propped open and my buddy Kevin was standing there looking up at the sky.  His parents owned the little video store on main street where we had parked.  My mom had gone inside to…

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A Sermon on a Biblical Theology of Sex, and the Distortions of Pornography

I have not yet posted links to any of my sermons on this blog.  I have decided to post this one because it is a bit unique—I am specifically addressing pornography.  The sermon was delivered on Valentine’s Day (appropriate, huh?) at Southeastern Bible College earlier in the year.  I am grateful to my friend Micah…

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“Doctrine”: a bad word or a good one?

“Doctrinal warmongering.”  That is a phrase I have been using here in the blog on occasion to describe the rather uncivil theological discourse taking place through social media.  When Christians see those claiming some theological competence clanging swords against others claiming similar competence, then the anti-intellectualism I have been writing about becomes an natural response….

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How Pornography Decontextualizes Sex

After seven years of college ministry and with two small sons under my care, I have been burdened over the last six months to preach, teach, and write on the unpleasant topic of pornography.  Here are the previous posts so far: “‘Sexology’“…; “Preaching on Pornography.” For this post, I am arguing that porn decontextualizes sex…….

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