An Interview with Vito Aiuto of the Welcome Wagon

[A new dimension for HR’s new site is a focus on Art, Theology and Culture.  Chris Breslin will be leading our forays into the world of music searching for lyrics and tunes that wrestle with the raw realities of life and faith, and sitting down with artists and practitioners who are doing some of the wrestling…] Vito…

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Herman Melville, Ship Surgeons, Appendectomies, and Preaching

Q recently hosted a 2-day, 8-session event in NYC called Q Sessions | Practices with Eugene Peterson. Two of the conversations, “Practicing Sabbath” and “Immersed in Scripture” are available here. I highly recommend checking these out. (I admit having a penchant for Eugene Peterson’s thinking). In the “Immersed in Scripture” session, Peterson encourages us not…

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Pastors, Preaching, and the Academy’s Process of Peer-Review

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” (James 3:1) After almost a decade of pastoral ministry, I am now firmly ensconced within the academic world, getting my feet wet in a New Testament doctoral program.  Being situated quite deeply within…

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Calvin & Coffee: Word — Spirit

[This is part of an ongoing series of posts I am calling “Calvin & Coffee”]   I just finished ch. IX in Book I of Calvin’s Institutes.  Here we see the insistence that Word and Spirit are conjoined in “an inviolable bond” [1].  Calvin has in his sights what we might would call “charismania,” an…

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Preaching the Scriptures. An Interview (Part 1)

Crossroads Worldwide Ministries sponsors a one-year internship for discipleship and ministry training they call Community Discipleship House (CDH).  I am good friends with the guys who lead this ministry—their work is top-notch. One of the CDH-ers (as they are called), contacted me for an interview about my preaching experience.  Replying to the questions turned out…

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My Last Sermon in America

This blog title sounds a bit “epic,” huh? Preaching at Mountain Brook Community Church on July 17, 2011, however, was actually quite monumental for me (even though it was probably not very epic for anyone else… and that is okay). The text I was assigned (The first part of Philippians 3) was providential.  The preceding…

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