The Hermeneutics of Guilt

If you’re anything like me, you love when an expert on a subject expands your understanding of a certain topic, giving you new lenses through which to view all future encounters with said subject. While we’d like to pretend that we already know everything, the fact is that there are a lot of things in […]

Christian Prospect in a Dying City

On their website (, photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre have a pictorial montage from their work “The Ruins of Detroit,” which is about to be released as a book. The work is a series of images formerly grand buildings, now desolate in the city of Detriot. The images of extravagant buildings like Michigan Central Station and […]

Glimpses of the Gospel in Film

The Invention of Lying (2009) is a flawed but very interesting film that surprisingly illustrates the uniqueness of the gospel of Jesus. Starring Ricky Gervais, the movie portrays a world in which only one man (Gervais) can lie. And in order to deal with the fear and uncertainty of death, this one liar invents a […]

Impossible Communities

In accord with the Pew Forum on Religion (Landscape Survey, Feb-June 2008) I commented in my last blog that church commitment sits lightly on those who attend church.  The study told us that Americans shop for church as they might shop for groceries. The danger is that choices take on a life of their own […]

Prayer – A Conversation of Friends

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread, nd forgive us our sins, for […]

Kingdom of God Part 2

“And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27) As He walked with two downcast and deeply disturbed disciples on the road to Emmaus, the risen Jesus opened the word for them in a powerful, transforming way. Their hearts burned within them […]