On Avoiding Kierkegaard’s Indictment of Christian Scholarship

Joel Busby, one of my co-bloggers, just sent me this quote from Søren Kierkegaard: “The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are…

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The Biography of Death: A Tragedy

This is the story of Death. He was born in the most pristine of settings, at the dawn of creation. His first cries were heard amidst the teeming, shining newness of plants erupting joyfully from the fresh new earth. Along with the birdsong and the rippling rush of four rivers had been the sound of…

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dark

Dark. Tomb dark. The Light of the world is snuffed out. No city shines on the hill. The nearest hill around is called “Skull-Place,” and it’s marred by the black stains of dried blood. The sky was deathly quiet yesterday, on that Friday we now call “good.” Eloi, eloi, lema sabachthani? was met with no…

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Drinking Jesus: New Wine and the Draught of Death

Holidays come with special meals. The smells wafting out of the kitchen can conjure memories of playing with our cousins, of long road trips, of good times with family and friends. That was happening the night Jesus sent disciples into Jerusalem to prepare for the Holy Day feast of Passover. The smoke from cooking fires…

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An Interview with Isaac Wardell of Bifrost Arts (Part 1, ft “Psalm 46”)

Isaac Wardell is the director of Bifrost Arts and the Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Charlottesville (PCA).  He’s been involved in church music and church plants in Georgia, Tennessee, and New York.  He studied at Covenant College.  While serving in New York City he played and performed with the Welcome Wagon, and has produced…

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Technological Upgrades and Christological Hermeneutics: Is the Bible Sufficient for a Digital Age?

[Dear HR Readers: please forgive the delay in posting. I have been directing most of my writing energy to completing the manuscript for ‘TheoMedia,’ my latest book project. Almost done… just almost. Below is a piece that I was hoping to include in the manuscript, but I am afraid it will have to be cut…

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Newtown, Bethlehem, and the Dark Side of Christmas

[NOTE: this post was originally written for www.BigBible.org.uk, and they are letting me post it here simultaneously on my personal blog.]   A week ago I was sitting in an elementary school watching one of my kids in a little Christmas musical. I was sitting there in the cafeteria with my wife, holding a toddler…

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Advent with the Gathering Church

Inspired by my fellow contributors’ Advent posts, I’d love to share a few items from my community’s Advent observation. 1) Each of the last several years, I’ve had some part in writing and/or curating a church devotional.  Even though these reflections usually take place while there are still leaves on the trees and it’s not…

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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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Divine and Mortal Fatherhood: Thinking About my Dad

As usual, I let a holiday slip up on me so quickly that there was no time to get a gift in the mail.  When it comes to Father’s Day, though, getting my Dad a gift is always tricky—he doesn’t seem to ever need or want anything.  Maybe that’s part of being a good Dad. …

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