Celebrity Culture, the “Speaking Circuit,” and John the Baptist

I am one of those tortured-soul types.  And this post is an invitation into one of my ongoing struggles.  (“Welcome all you suckers to Struggleville” as my friend Bill Mallonee used to sing). The struggle I am writing about here is more than a personal struggle.  This is a church struggle.  The issue is this:…

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Imagination & Biblical Scholarship

Since living in England, my family and I have had our imaginative capacities expanded when it comes to reflecting on history.  Bounding on castle grounds and clambering hillsides once ascended by Viking invaders or defended from Picts by Roman soliders… these multi-sensory experiences provide a landscape / cityscape / castle-scape for imagining the historical events…

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The Poet William Wordsworth on the Pastor-Theologian

I visited Rydal Mount a few weeks ago, the home of poet William Wordsworth.  My father-in-law was visiting us here in England, so we spent a couple of days in “the Lakes” (besides my father-in-law, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were apparently also sighted in the Lake District that week). Rydal Mount sits just on…

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Panicky Self-Preservation, Being a Dad, etc.

Mandy and I have a 6-month old son. He’s our first child. It’s been an amazing experience. It’s certainly cliché, but we are learning a lot about our God, ourselves, and the Gospel in the process. Things changed when our little Henry began to recognize his bottle. When he is hungry, he panics a bit….

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Deuteronomy, the Devil, Jesus and my Kids

[Note: The following is taken from the draft of my forthcoming book ‘TheoMedia’…]   Jesus quoted Deuteronomy more than any other Old Testament book. I was recently reading to my two oldest kids from Jesus’ temptation scene in Luke’s Gospel and decided I would inspire them with this: “when Jesus was assaulted by evil, he…

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Jean Val-Saban and the SEC Dreamed a Dream: An Inter-marital Culture Clash

I’ve been taking care for all four kids since Wednesday while my wife visits Stratford-upon-Avon and London with her Dad.  Tonight, she is watching Les Misérables.   The girl deserves every second of leisure, and I am so pleased to manage the home for this 5-day span.  But today I am pretty worn down.  I’ve…

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