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Being Grateful in the Age of Trump

Tumultuous—that’s my one-word summary for how I experienced the end of last year and the first few months of this one. If I allowed myself more than one word, I might add afraid, discouraged, angry, and somehow I would need … read more »

The Remarkably Unlikely Lives of the Apostle Paul and Billy Graham

Ambient cultural noise can distort how we assess someone’s significance. Billy Graham is a good example. I am writing this less than a week after the passing of the preeminent evangelist of the twentieth century. For most of the time … read more »

The Long and Deep Crisis-Response Plan

When I read the news now, I often run through a cycle of becoming scared, angry, frustrated, and then scared again. When a Christian leader again defends our president against something for which that same leader clearly would have been … read more »

Holding Back the Tide of Fear

When I am hiking in the Rockies, with each turn in the path presenting a new postcard view of mountains and valleys, I can feel my stress and anxiety melt away. As many scholars have proven, being out in the … read more »

Jumping into the World

Growing up in the church, I heard numerous sermons by well-meaning pastors that admonished how we should be “in the world, but not of it.” It felt like a backhanded slap to all the good things I loved that didn’t … read more »

The Alchemy of Spirit and Paper

Five hundred years ago, a scholar-monk posted ninety-five theses on a door and inadvertently started a revolution. Many books attempt to explain what happened (including one of our own; see the just-released Rebel in the Ranks by top Reformation scholar … read more »

The HarperLegend Summer Read

I think we all have this cherished “summer read” fantasy of reading a gripping book while lying on the beach, or rocking on the porch of a mountain cabin, or sipping an iced drink at a city café. I know … read more »

Serpents, Doves, the LGBT Community, and a Saintly Jesuit

Jesus advised us to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16), which is one of my favorite passages since I find it so useful. Still, when I share this with others, they wince and grow uncomfortable. Who … read more »

Rob Bell Discovers a New Bible Problem

I will always remember what Tom Wright said in a conversation we had while promoting his book How God Became King. He said the discussions and debates that came out of the Enlightenment have so shaped how we read the … read more »

Death by Answers

Looking back on my college years, when I was exploring who I was and what I believed, I realized that the most vibrant periods of my life have been when I was haunted by questions. Is God real? What am … read more »