Fresno Pacific’s theological cocktail

Sep 10, 2018 by

Last week, Mennonite World Review reported that Fresno Pacific University in California had removed the president of its seminary, Terry Brensinger, and announced that pastors Greg Boyd, Brian Zahnd and Bruxy...

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The anti-fascist origins of ‘Judeo-Christian values’

Oct 18, 2017 by

On Oct. 13, President Trump told participants in the Values Voter Summit that “We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.” Now, critics found it hard to take the “Judeo” part...

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Where did we get vacation Bible school?

Jun 22, 2017 by

If your church is anything like mine, it’s currently hosting hundreds of children for vacation Bible school: a week-long program of Bible stories, worship, missions projects, crafts and games. And if...

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Are the humanities in crisis at Christian colleges?

May 10, 2016 by

Last week I was part of a discussion at Bethel University about what defines “the humanities.” I bit my tongue, but I was tempted to say, “A perpetual sense of crisis.” And perhaps “crisis of the...

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Qualities in political candidates

Feb 2, 2016 by

I observed late last month that the candidacy of Donald Trump should push pastors — and others looked to for pastoral counsel — to take up the work of political theology and help their parishioners answer...

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Anabaptist visions of sport

Oct 6, 2015 by

This November, I’ll be one of many scholars giving a paper at The Spirit of Sports, the 2015 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I’ll be part of a session organized...

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What we mean when we say we want Christian unity

Aug 28, 2015 by

I’ve been reading Andy Crouch’s Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power for about four months now and I’m barely a third of the way through it. Not because it’s bad! Quite the contrary: it’s one of...

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