Review of Faith Without Illusions at Unsettled Christianity

Joel Watts is open about the fact that he struggles with cynicism.  So it is quite daunting to know that such a sharp, theologically astute young man with cynical leanings is reading Faith Without Illusions.  His blog, Unsettled Christianity, is one of the most visited biblioblogs out there, and he cranks out multiple posts every…

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Top 10 Biblioblog: Not sure who to thank… but thanks!

In the midst of storm damage of unprecedented proportions in my state, and in the midst of announcements about a clandestine raid in Pakistan, I received the profoundly less important news that mine and Joel’s blog was voted into the top ten biblioblogs for the month of April.  This came as a complete surprise.  I…

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Creation needs Salvation: Worshiping with Beheaded Trees

Our church met outside last Sunday.  Power was still out.  The sermon was delivered from the flatbed of an 18-wheeler.  Behind our pastor’s head was a scarred landscape.  A crude notch had been etched into the vista.  Stems of trees with shredded tips stood feebly within earshot of the sermon.  With an occasional gentle breeze…

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Responding to Donald Miller on Who Leads the Church (part 2): Where I agree…

“Should the Church Be Led by Teachers and Scholars?”  The question is Don Miller’s.  Much ado was made on the Internet over his recent claims that churches are essentially schools under the domain of ivory tower lecturers.  The comment stream is still going over at RelevantMagazine.com where his post reappeared. For the most part, I…

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Singing of an Unsung Hero (to the tune of “happy birthday”)

This post is dedicated to someone I have the privilege of spending a great deal of time with.  Her daily activities bring her into constant contact with a variety of unpleasant bodily fluids.  Feces, mucus, pee, spit, vomit.  Disgusting, I know.  And when other viscous fluids get added into the whole gross mix (syrup, jelly,…

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