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The Spirituality of Death

Just like parents say they don’t have a favorite child, editors try not to have favorite authors or books that they work on. But if I were to pick a favorite from the last couple years, Caleb Wilde and his … read more »

Why Are We No Longer Scandalized by Church Scandals?

A friend recently asked me, “Do you think evangelicalism has a future?” Like me, he was the father of adult children who were raised in the church but for whom it is an open question whether they will be there … read more »

Where Have You Gone, C. S. Lewis?

“If you are right with Him you will inevitably be right with all your fellow creatures, just as if all the spokes of a wheel are fitted rightly into the hub and the rim they are bound to be in … read more »

Standing Up for Safe Spaces in Churches, Even When It Costs You Everything

In an age of #MeToo and #ChurchToo, it’s easy to become discouraged by some of the ways the church seems to be failing to lead the charge on issues that critically affect its members. The church is a place where … read more »

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 »