Art & Literature

When In Romans: A Conversation with Beverly Gaventa and Jason Micheli

Many people only know John 3:16. Explaining the importance of John’s use of the word sign requires too much work. After all, if anything we know of recent events, signs and symbols point to different things for different people.¬† Read More

When Momma Speaks: Don’t Reject Your Mother’s Teaching

Solomon knew what he was talking about. Intuitively we know it to be true. Experientially we take in the reality. Read More

Receiving Dante: An Interview with Nathan P. Gilmour of The Christian Humanist Podcast

When asked what book or books have left an impression on me I often refer to a book given as a gift. Jimmy gave me a copy of The Divine Conspiracy in the late 1990’s. To this day the idea of intentional formation looms large in by my own life and ministry. Much of that depended on how I received the text, the book. Read More

That Time One of My Interviewees Became a Reader’s Choice Finalist – Go Vote for Tom Oord

Almost one year ago I took a different direction with my podcast. Up to that point I had offered some reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary. Our congregation and other Baptists, even Southern Baptists,  interested in the Christian Seasons and what that looks like in a Tradition where Advent Season only recent became in vogue was my audience. Read More

Shame – The Big Gulp of Shut Up Juice: An Interview with Steve Austin

Theories of the atonement, what the cross of Jesus means for us, tend to focus on sin. What about our shame? I suspect more people wrestle with shame while believing they have been forgiven their sins. Read More