No narrative movement makes ‘Heaven Is for Real’ a tough go

Despite the cast’s best efforts, the script doesn’t allow goodness to emerge.

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The Clansman

The shootings in Kansas during Holy Week make clear that an attitude of white supremacy endures.

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Pastors grieve, too

At funerals, a pastor’s humanity is often missed by parishioners.

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The new normal — multisite churches

If multisite churches were a Protestant denomination, they would be the fourth largest in the country.

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Gardening: A metaphor for churches

From beginning to end the Bible speaks of gardens, gardeners and growing things.

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They’re back

School-sponsored prayer and Bible reading are returning to public schools.

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Life in the fast lane

It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

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My speech to seminary graduates

Remember when you realized why you took on this task and go make a difference.

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That pesky word ‘Evangelical’

A road map to what the term “evangelical” means, and why progressive evangelicalism still holds great appeal to this author and many others.  

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Homelessness, grief and Holy Week

We think Jesus leads the way into the dark, and I get that. But what if it’s the other way around?

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Discovering empty tombs

We expect to find the bodies of hopes and dreams to anoint and memorialize in the midst of death, but after Jesus’ resurrection, instead find empty tombs.

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My right to be limited

How do we settle the inevitable tension that arises when everyone insists their rights be given priority?

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‘He is risen!’: What does it mean?

In the resurrection, the kingdom of God is set loose among the kingdoms of the world.

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Thinking inside the box

When I look closely, I can see the fraying edges of the church-box we’re in. If I listen intently, I can hear the faint call to come on out into something new.

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True champions don’t worry about the score

One of the nation’s most successful coaches, in a winning-obsessed culture, made a conscious choice to throw away the scoreboard.

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Killing Jews

It’s a story both ancient and contemporary, and the horrific atrocities never are put to rest.

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‘Mad Men’ as an exploration of human fallenness

The hit TV series is replete with theological metaphors.

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So the papyrus is genuine. What now?

Most Christians would find it blasphemous to imagine Jesus participating in any sexual act. But why?

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In defense of a peaceable Jesus

Too often a subtle emphasis is placed on Jesus as a prototypical male.

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Holy Week reflection: Toward a humble, repentant church

A Holy Week reflection on becoming a church of confession rather than judgment. 

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