Post-SBL (1): What Pastoral Ministry Can Learn From Academia

My experience attending the annual gatherings of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) have been both thrilling and daunting.  Daunting because there is so much about the Bible and its contexts and languages that I do not know.  Thrilling because I am eager to learn as much as possible.  Daunting because the Powerful and the…

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Myths & Cliches of Christian Spirituality IV: “Just Follow Your Heart”

Another dangerous cliche dispensed regularly in Western Christendom with the authority of a biblical proverb is “just follow your heart.”  This is an encouragement to trust in our feelings, hunches, and emotions. I once sought godly counsel for a long bout of spiritual depression.  When I began emptying my internal angst all over one of…

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Myths & Cliches of Christian Spirituality III: “God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle”

Before I read Job all the way thru to the end when I was in seminary, I used to find myself resonating with the ‘wisdom’ Job’s friends offered him.  Their comments made good sense to me.  It sounded like the wisdom and counsel dispensed by Christians everyday to those who are struggling. And then, in…

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