The Conversationalist God

I recently shared this article with Ministry Matters where I talk about the language of the Christian faith.


“The truth about God comes our way through God’s refusal to give up on divine/human colloquy and abandon us to soliloquy. For good reason is Jesus ‘The Word.’ Whoever said, ‘I’d rather see a sermon than hear one,’ or ‘Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words,’ it wasn’t Jesus.”

https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/11099/give-us-the-words-for-a-faith-called-christian

Adult Forum with the Congregation at Duke University Chapel

I’m glad to be joining the Duke Chapel’s congregation for a conversation about my latest book, God Turned Toward Us. If you’d like to join the online crowd, you can use the link below to be a part of the conversation at 9:45am EST. See you there!

https://duke.zoom.us/j/93464487228?pwd=Q2VIdlB6d2lwMFROR1pQYWM5ZzhmQT09

“Shaking the Gates of Hell” by John Archibald

Some of you may have already seen my review of John Archibald’s Shaking the Gates of Hell in The Christian Century. He’s also joined my good friend Jason Micheli on the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast to talk about his Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

“Few of us preachers—particularly those in the Southeast, and especially those who are Methodists—will be able to evade this book. In his scathing, often sarcastic criticism of our church and its clergy, there is a sense in which John may have a higher theology of preaching than we do, as well as a deeper love for the church.” (from my review)

I hope you’ll dare to read this confronting account of Southern Christianity, and once you do, I trust it won’t leave your ministry unaffected.