Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
Links to some of my more popular and noteworthy essays:
(Another) List of Top Evangelicals You Should Know
What's So Special about Christianity, Anyway?
God Will Often Give You More than You Can Handle
1 Corinthians 13 (A Modern Translation)
Did Jesus Really Exist? (or, Why You Shouldn't Trust Theology on TV)
Can It Be Morally Responsible Not to Vote?
Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
How Evangelicals Ruined Marriage
My Church's Role in Martin Luther King's Formation
How to Be Human in a Cyborg Age
Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking
Exploding the Myth of the Dynamic Church
Is Christianity in Danger of Vanishing? (Series Introduction)
We Need More Agnostics in Church
Guns, Self-Defense, and the Gospel
Should Boys Be Allowed to Pretend They're Shooting Guns at Each Other?
Should We Say "Merry Christmas"?
How to Subvert Societal Delusions by Saying "Merry Christmas!"
Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
How to Celebrate Halloween as an Act of Christian Discipleship
Why I'm Sending My Kids to Public School
What Is "Faith"? A Response to Neil deGrasse Tyson
Have You Been Over-Sexualized by Our Culture?
The Sign of the Cross in the Old Testament
What Do Those Funny Letters Mean? A Guide to Symbolic Abbreviations in Church
Is the USA the Best Country in the World?
My Theological Statement
95 Theses (Theological Essays)
Jesus' Baptism as a Re-Enactment of Creation
Stand in Prayer: Claiming Your Identity
Prayer as the Fulfillment of Human Identity
Prayer as the Essential Expression of Christian Faith
Prayer Is Always Communal
The Power of Communal Prayer
Choosing a Worldview: Should We Judge from the Worst, or the Best?
We Grieve, and We Go On: Pastoral Reflections on the Election
The Christian Emperor and the Church's Counter-Revolution
The Dangerous Politics of Pride
On Gay Marriage: An Outline of My Position
On Rights and Identity
Fractals and the Beauty of Denominationalism
"Vision" and the Church
A Relationship with God
The Pastor as Image-Bearer
Caring When You Just Don't Care: Pastoral Ministry and Compassion Fatigue
Keep the Words of This Prophecy: What Should We Do with Revelation?
In Defense of Josh Duggar: Has the Church Failed Our Young Men?
On Atheists and Apologetics (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3)
On the Confederate Flag
How to Be Pro-Gun without Being a Heretic
The Meaning of Salvation: A Perspective from the Early Church Fathers
Awestruck Musings: The Incarnation
The Mysteries: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
Nothing Is Small to Us
Fatherhood (or, What It's Like to Be God)
Navigating the Rapids of Life
Do Something Great
Finding God in the Smell of Mud
A Call to Soulful Rest
You Can('t) Change the World
You Can Become All Flame
How to Vote
Becoming Missional (and Apparently Very Worried)
Adoniram Judson's Missionary Legacy (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4)
On Being a Pastor-Writer
Life in the Slow Lane
On Music, and How to Be Human
God and Country: The Dangers of American Patriotism in the Church
How Should We Do Missions? Insights from the First Millennium of Christian History
The Wonder of It All: A Look at Christian Mysticism
How Should Evangelicals Feel about the Pope?
Popes and Scriptures: The Quest for Infallibility
Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays?
Neo-Monasticism (Essay Series)
Technology Is not Neutral
Meekness and Polemics
Missions and the Millennium
Can Politics Save the World?
Facebook, Friendship, and Self-Knowledge
On New Year's Resolutions
Thoughts on Sports (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3)