The Feast of God (serving up a heap of Death)

NOTE: This is a post I wrote some time ago, but since Thanksgiving is upon us once more, and since I really love Isa 25:6–10, a text I taught on in a lecture earlier in the week, I want to re-post. Enjoy the feasting…   For Americans, Thanksgiving is a day of grateful feasting, a…

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Review and Preview of “Younger Evangelicals & the Culture Wars”

  I’ve not been posting much of late because, in the middle of a series of posts on Millennials, Gen-Xers and controversial social issues, I commenced the process of moving the blog to a new site.  I think it is going to be a good move, and we are excited about what awaits. But while…

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A Quick Note: Gen-Xers as scary no longer…

In my last post, I wrote the following about my generation.  I love my wife’s response (see below) in conversation later that day…. Gen-X.  Do you hear the scandalous, threatening ring to that enigmatic, iconic letter, “X”?  Older generations watched us grow in dread and fascination… what type of future will they bring?  How will…

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Younger Evangelicals & the Culture Wars: “Not Your Aunt Gertrude’s Church”

NOTE 1: This is the 2nd installment of a new series, “Younger Evangelicals and the Culture Wars.”  See here for the 1st one.  NOTE 2: Some of the material below appears in the chapter “Cultural Irrelevance” in my book on cynicism within and toward the church. “Not Your Aunt Gertrude’s Church“ This is from a…

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Responding to Gerald Heistand on the “Ecclesial Theologian”

I have been writing on the vocational idea of the “pastor-theologian.”  The recent series of posts was inspired by Doug Sweeney’s article at the Gospel Coalition, whose “call and agenda” should be received with both excitement and urgency. Related to these thoughts, I recommend this post by Mark Stevens who is studying Eugene Peterson’s model…

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Doctrine Adorned (not necessarily Published): How the Pastor-Theologian Articulates Theology

[This is the third post in an ongoing discussion on the Pastor-Theologian in response to Douglas Sweeney’s article, “A Call and Agenda for Pastor-Theologians.“] My friend Gerald Hiestand has made available an excellent paper  on the pastor-theologian.  I know of no one more devoted to articulating this vocational vision for my generation.  If you are…

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The Vocational Identity of the Pastor-Theologian (part 2): Peterson’s “Contemplative Pastor”

[This post follows another inspired by an article at Gospel Coalition by Douglas Sweeney.] Pastor, or Pastor-Theologian?  A number of the most helpful books on the pastor’s life and work that have weighed in my hands have been written by Eugene Peterson.  I recently finished his memoir which recast the wisdom and insight I have…

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(Re-) Forging a New Vocational Identity: the “Pastor-Theologian” (Part 1)

As soon as I read Douglas Sweeney’s article, “A Call and Agenda for Pastor-Theologians,” I shared it on Facebook wall with the comment: “Why I am doing a PhD.” What I meant is that the vocational vision of the “pastor-theologian” is one of the most compelling motivations for my current endeavors as a doctoral student…

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An Encounter that Redefined my Concept of “Pastor”

I had just moved to Birmingham, Alabama to serve as a college pastor.  Suburbia tends to insulate us from the deep, historical pains of a city, so I asked Tracy Hipps to give me on orientation.  The social terrain between Birmingham’s white and black and rich and poor is more vast than in any city…

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