Finding Redemption through Recurring Love in “Groundhog Day”

I made the mistake of watching Groundhog Day for the first time during the summer I was studying for the bar exam. I was trapped in the living nightmare of studying the same material, every day, with seemingly no end...

/ February 2, 2023

The Minutemen and Their World

Robert A. Gross is the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. Last year, I interviewed Professor Gross on his magisterial book, The Transcendentalist and Their World. The Transcendentalists and...

/ January 30, 2023

An Education for Love

Each Sunday, many churches throughout the world begin their service with “The Summary of the Law.” One of the first things Christians hear each week is Jesus’ words defining a good life. Here’s what he says: “You shall love the...

/ January 30, 2023

The Reality of Fear and the Presence of Reality: Suffering and Cultural Renewal

These are the remarks I gave as part of my plenary lecture at this year’s Eighth Day Institute Symposium in Wichita, KS. You can learn more about EDI’s work and sign up to support them as a member by visiting...

/ January 18, 2023

The Politics of “Wicked”

Earlier this summer, it was announced that the upcoming movie adaptation of the 2003 hit Broadway musical Wicked will be released in two parts, beginning in 2024. This is the latest news about a project long awaited, for which fans...

/ January 17, 2023
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A Prayer for the 118th Congress

A Prayer for the 118th Congress Americans, at least those paying attention, have reacted in diverse ways to the spectacle which unfolded last week in the United States House of Representatives. Some have shown rage. Others have expressed confusion. Some...

/ January 13, 2023

Deconstruction, Reconstruction and Replacement: Building Near the “Yawning Abyss”

Deconstruction to some degree seems duty free. That individuals subtract parts and pieces of their lives that don’t fit and then figure out what to fill in those abscesses. As we enter into a cultural field of reconstruction (I’m hearing...

/ January 12, 2023

Three Worlds and Two Christianities

At a recent book launch in Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading Christian scholars, Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, astutely observed that Richard Niebuhr’s models of Christ and culture, a framework which has wielded great influence for decades, is now outdated. Irving-Stonebraker’s further stated...

/ January 11, 2023

Stream Off

Let me tell you the story of a church. Not a megachurch, but not small either. Across two services on a given Sunday, 400-600 folks in the pews. Nothing fancy about the church. You’ve never heard of it. But a...

/ January 10, 2023

Vocational Singleness is a Gospel Cornerstone

Having begun the work of bringing his kingdom on earth, Christ promised to redeem all of creation. He promised fullness of life to those who would follow him and blessing to their neighbors. Yet many believers offer timid testimonies about...

/ January 9, 2023