The call to welcome the refugee is practically an essential tenant of Christianity, and yet after the Paris terrorists attacks, many Christians are calling to halt our (already paltry) resettlement of Syrian refugees. This reaction is difficult for me to understand, but like many irrational responses, I suspect it’s based in fear: fear of terrorism, […]
The November issue of The Lutheran magazine includes a cover story I wrote entitled, “Young Adults and Giving: From Myths to Ministry.” I have to admit that as a Presbyterian, I get an extra kick out of writing for The Lutheran, but I promise the article does not contain a hidden message in favor of John Calvin’s […]
The question has been nagging me for weeks: in a culture with multiple worthy options for receiving charitable gifts, how should Christians approach funding the church?
An essay of mine went up yesterday at the BTS Center’s Bearings blog. In it I wonder, “What’s the point of a pastor?” and end up in an uncomfortable place. Conversation partners include an Emory English professor, Will Willimon, Craig Barnes, Rachel Held Evans, and Jesus. Check it out by clicking here, or on the image below.
So this is cool. Real cool. Like, so very cool: I wrote the cover story for the current issue of The Christian Century magazine! Ahhhhhhh! Honestly, I’m still in a bit of shock from when I saw it for the first time (illustrated splendidly by James Yang). I didn’t know it was in the works — well, I knew […]