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The SAFC Annual Banquet

Saturday evening is the annual South Asian Friendship Center banquet (SAFC) where I’ll preach a message titled “The Transfigured Life.” We’ll consider the question of how men and women may encounter the empowering presence of Christ in the midst of our mundane lives. For those who are interested, the event will be held at the Commons of College[…]

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Pope Francis Visits Assisi: An Ongoing Stigmata

Pope Francis is making history today. He is visiting Assisi, the Italian town famously associated with his namesake, St. Francis. The purpose of the visit is to participate in a gathering of leaders from different religions hosted by the Community of Sant’ Egidio. It was thirty years ago when Pope John Paul II convened the[…]

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The Unfinished Reformation

Today marks the official release of The Unfinished Reformation, which I’ve had the privilege of coauthoring with Dr. Gregg Allison. It’s been a delight to work with Gregg, who exemplifies the uncommon calling of the pastor-theologian. Here is a synopsis of the book, followed by descriptions from some early reviewers. We pray that it will inspire and equip you to embody the[…]

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Martin Luther: Wrestler with God

Although Martin Luther (1483-1546) entered the world during the Renaissance, his early years in Mansfeld, Germany showed little evidence of cultural rebirth. Plagues, thieves, and a folk culture rife with sinister spirits meant that many lived in a constant fear of death. European society of this era commonly blended paganism with Christian tradition, creating a[…]

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The Persuasive Power of God’s Word

I am currently reading one of the most enjoyable books I have read in years. It is titled Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe—and Started the Protestant Reformation, by Andrew Pettegree. How is that for a subtitle? I[…]

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Rescued from Death: A Poem

One of the great joys of pastoral ministry is discovering the diverse gifts of God’s people. Here is a fine example. After sharing the story of how I nearly died from meningitis at age 19 (you’ll find the story in the first two minutes of the following audio), Mike Hilton described the experience, elucidating how divine grace rescued me[…]

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The Parody of Pokémon GO

To evaluate elements of popular culture from a theological or theoretical perspective sets you up to sound like a jerk.  It’s unavoidable. For example, despite the erudite and winsome manner in which media ecologists analyze the liabilities and relative merits of technology (think of the late Marshal McLuhan or Neil Postman), they often leave you[…]

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