Christianity


“The Christian way to be ill” 3

I am reading various sources as I work on my book, “Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Biblical Theology of Suffering and Grace.” I came across a lecture at a PCA church on suffering that included this argument. The Christian way to be ill is always to give glory to God and self-searching. “Is God telling me […]

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Dorothy L Sayers portrait by William Oliphant Hutchison for National Portrait Gallery ca. 1950

Why do we need to consider how many angels can dance on the point of a needle?  1

“The Lost Tools of Learning” is a wonderful lecture by one of my favorite authors, Dorothy L. Sayers. I particularly like this bit of clarification, one might say hairsplitting, as she addresses why logic and critical thought are important, even when applied to a purely theoretical question. A glib speaker in the Brains Trust once […]


Comic: Heaven (is Hell for philosophers)

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Beautiful and Terrible Things — A Biblical Theology of Suffering and Grace 1   Recently updated!

This is my most recent idea for the title of a work coming out of my recent writings and talks on suffering. (See the page A Biblical Theology of Suffering for those links.) The quote comes from Frederick Buechner and is oft cited. I have used it for years in graduation speeches. The fuller context […]


Who would believe in horsemanship but not horses?

No one. This is from “Existential Comics,” always a good read, and reminded me of Lamentations. I recall coming across those who argued that the biblical author(s) critiquing/challenging God about the justice of allowing Jerusalem to be destroyed was an example of the erosion of faith. It always occurred to me that it is quite […]

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We have lost our faith. 3

I was invited to preach at an all-campus service at the beginning of the semester. It was amazing to see the big auditorium in the student union completely filled. It was wonderful. It was incredibly encouraging. As I mention at the beginning of the sermon, I believe a preacher should be bringing the message that the congregation […]


“Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping”

Compline has always been to me the most gentle and consoling of the offices. I can never, however, escape the knowledge that as they prepared to take him on the helicopter I prayed with Mack our simple nightly prayer. “Now we lay you down to sleep and pray the Lord your soul to keep. His […]

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Jesus in a box 1

We visited the Aachener Dom, the Aachen Cathedral, built by Charlemagne and his final resting place. We also went to the Schatzkammer, the treasure house. It held many beautiful and a few weird things. Below are three images from a large altar piece card out of wood. The proportions are odd, Jesus looks quite small […]


A good pastor 1

A couple of months ago I met with a retiring pastor, just to get caught up with one another. At one point as he was talking about wanting to help develop and form new ministers he said one of the simplest and perhaps most profound statements about being a pastor that I have ever heard.1 […]

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11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.

Der Kreuzweg in Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus Schluchsee

Today, in an effort to escape the 100º heat in Freiburg we drove up to Schluchsee, a beautiful lake in the Schwarzwald. What I did not expect was the Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus. From the outside it appears a fairly traditional looking church, with a large wooden structure. The first hint of something different is the […]