Update for Ministry Partners

For more than 35 years Sara and I have been telling donors our ministry depends entirely on their contributions. Now I’m working three-quarters time with The Stream. Why are we seeking support still, and how much do we need? Why are we still seeking support? First, we’re still in ministry and still pursuing changed lives […]

Same-Sex Marriage In 2016: One More Reason the Question Still Matters

Pundits are marking 2015 as the year the same-sex marriage question was settled in the United States. They’re wrong. There’s still plenty to be done about same-sex marriage in 2016. Defenders of marriage see the question still at issue for marriage, family, and religious freedom. They’re wrong too, if they think those are the big three. Yes, […]

Coming Back After a Year Away

Over my years I’ve been blogging there have been times when I thought I should take a week’s sabbatical. There were busy seasons when I couldn’t post or interact very much. I never expected to take a whole year off. That’s pretty much what I did in 2015, though. The slowdown started with a very […]

T. S. Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi

I’ve written about T.S. Eliot’s Journey of the Magi before, but I can’t help coming back to it. It starts in the cold, at the “worst time of year,” and ends with a stab into the heart of life lived “at ease here, in the old dispensation.” Nevertheless — or perhaps precisely because of that cold […]

Michigan State Spartan Football: Somehow They Win

Spartan Football: Definitely the most interesting team in the country right now. Michigan State has won its four biggest games this year with a total of 44 seconds of clock time remaining. Iowa last Saturday: 27 seconds. Ohio State and UM: 0 seconds each. Baylor, Cotton Bowl: 17 seconds. (I said “this year,” remember.) They started […]

Christian Logic Is Circular, Skeptical Reasoning Is Sound (?)

This is not exactly something I’ve overheard from a skeptic. It’s just really, really close to what I’ve heard from several of them: “Christian logic is circular” Christian logic is circular. Christians believe Jesus is God because they believe the Bible is inerrant; but they believe the Bible is inerrant because they’re convinced Jesus is God. […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dinner is over, the prayers of thanks have been spoken, I’ve had my first mini-nap, and now I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. The best way I know to do that is by steering you to two articles on The Stream, one by my friend Yvonne Ortega, and one by my new colleague […]

Christians Are Called to be Great

While I learn my new position as senior editor with The Stream, I’ll  be re-posting older, “evergreen” blog posts that were written on an older blogging system and aren’t directly accessible from this one. This one was originally published in 2005. It’s a long study, admittedly. It’s also been extremely influential in my own thinking and in […]