That Was The Week That Was

This week I paid tribute to my boss, reflected on Charles Lindbergh’s interest in primitive societies, and talked about college basketball and athletic labor. Elsewhere: • David Brooks offered one of the rarest spectacles in 21st century American political discourse: a pundit who was convinced by others’ arguments to change his mind on a controversial … More That Was The Week That Was

See You at Easter!

It’s not a full Lenten fast, but I’m going to keep this blog quiet for the next forty days. You can find me doing my usual Tuesday post at The Anxious Bench — this morning’s considered a surprisingly religious part of the country (no, not Utah or the South) — and I might do a bit of … More See You at Easter!

Come Back to Jesus: A Lenten Devotional by the Readers and Authors of The Pietist Option

I’m very happy to announce that Come Back to Jesus, our free Lenten devotional, is now available for download! This lower-resolution version (1 MB) should work well for tablets and smaller devices; if you’d like to print a hard copy, you can download a higher-res option (31 MB) from Scribd. My Pietist Option co-author Mark Pattie and I each contributed … More Come Back to Jesus: A Lenten Devotional by the Readers and Authors of The Pietist Option

How You Can Request a Free Copy of Our Forthcoming Lenten Devotional

If I don’t write a whole lot around here for the next four weeks, it’s partly because I’m busy editing Come Back to Jesus: A Lenten Devotional from the Readers and Authors of The Pietist Option. Submissions have started to come in from the 38 readers who signed up to join Mark and me in writing daily devotions … More How You Can Request a Free Copy of Our Forthcoming Lenten Devotional

How You Can Help Us Write a Sequel to The Pietist Option

So I’ve had an idea for a brief sequel to The Pietist Option. But Mark and I will need the help of our readers to bring it to fruition. Tentatively, we’re calling it: It’s always seemed appropriate that we’d extend the themes of a book on Pietism through so pietistic a genre of spiritual writing as the … More How You Can Help Us Write a Sequel to The Pietist Option

Repent, Relent: A Brief Meditation for Ash Wednesday

“Dust you are and to dust you shall return. Repent and believe the Gospel” I said those familiar words over and over this morning, as I rubbed ashen crosses on the foreheads and hands of dozens of Bethel students and employees. It’s Ash Wednesday, and I was one of the professors asked to participate in the morning’s chapel … More Repent, Relent: A Brief Meditation for Ash Wednesday

Baptist Stations of the Cross (G.W. Carlson)

For Holy Week I’d like to share a unique devotional experience from Central Baptist Church in St. Paul, MN: “An Invitation on the Pathway” by Mike Widen and G. W. Carlson is a Baptist version of the Stations of the Cross, blending fourteen original works of art with fourteen original reflections.  You can walk these stations … More Baptist Stations of the Cross (G.W. Carlson)

This Wonderful Day

This year, as several before, I joined other members of Salem Covenant Church in contributing to a devotional to be used by our congregation throughout the season of Lent and into Holy Week. This year’s theme (not just for the devotional, but for all of our ministries) is “An Adventurous Spirituality.” My contribution came up this morning — … More This Wonderful Day