Dynamic, Difficult, Destructive, Life-Giving, and Creative

The Holy Spirit contemporizes, reveals, and imparts our redemption here and now. Sadly for us preachers, the Holy Spirit seems to be the most neglected person of the Trinity in contemporary theology. We preachers need a robust conviction of the Holy Spirit’s work because we, unlike most academic interpreters of the Christian faith or ofContinue reading “Dynamic, Difficult, Destructive, Life-Giving, and Creative”

animate.Faith

Will Willimon recently attended a brainstorming session in Minneapolis for animate.Faith, a resource for adult groups seeking to begin and foster conversations in local communities about the Christian faith. The session brought together leading Christian voices such as Willimon, Jay Bakker, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Phyllis Tickle, Rachel Held Evans, Eric Elnes, and Jose Morales for aContinue reading “animate.Faith”

The Ministry of Administration

In the last third of a wonderful Christmas sermon (Sermo CXCVI) Augustine, after an engaging exposition of the Incarnation says, “Just one more thing….”  Hippo’s Bishop then launches into an excoriating diatribe of the, “Gambling, drinking, dancing, theater-going,” and “pagan pastimes” of his flock.  Augustine gives them a tongue lashing they would never forget.  “Don’tContinue reading “The Ministry of Administration”

Incorporation: Interview with Dr. Jeremy Begbie

Jeremy Begbie is the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School where he teaches systematic theology with particular attention to the interplay of theology and the arts. He has performed extensively as a pianist, oboist, and conductor. As an ordained minister in the Church of England, he has also spent timeContinue reading “Incorporation: Interview with Dr. Jeremy Begbie”

Jesus Getting Down and Dirty: Lent Devotions

This Lent Abingdon Press has published my book, Thank God It’s Thursday: Encountering Jesus at the Table.  The book is a sort of companion to my Thank God It’s Friday, which received a gratifying reception from the church. Thank God It’s Thursday utilizes the last chapters of John’s Gospel to reflect upon the significance ofContinue reading “Jesus Getting Down and Dirty: Lent Devotions”

Beginning with the Deed: Lent Devotions

This Lent Abingdon Press has published my book, Thank God It’s Thursday: Encountering Jesus at the Table.  The book is a sort of companion to my Thank God It’s Friday, which received a gratifying reception from the church. Thank God It’s Thursday utilizes the last chapters of John’s Gospel to reflect upon the significance ofContinue reading “Beginning with the Deed: Lent Devotions”