For those who love the church without loving everything about the church: a review of Searching for Sunday

Depending on which headline you read about Rachel Held Evans’ newest book, Searching for Sunday, she has either exited, departed, abandoned, or rejected evangelical Christianity. (To which Charisma Magazine replied with a gentle “don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”) My spiritual journey is similar to Rachel’s in many ways. We both … Continue reading For those who love the church without loving everything about the church: a review of Searching for Sunday

Six things I’ve learned reading The Story of King Jesus to my daughter

Every night before bed, my daughter Elizabeth gets to pick two books for us to read. As far as she’s concerned, The Story of King Jesus will always be the book I wrote for her—and it is—so it’s been making regular appearances in our bedtime routine. We’ve read it a few dozens times now since our first … Continue reading Six things I’ve learned reading The Story of King Jesus to my daughter

God made light

This summer was my daughter’s first Vacation Bible School. VBS is a more elaborate production than it used to be, so naturally it comes with an official soundtrack and everything. The CD has been in rotation in our car ever since. Thankfully, it’s pretty good. The songs are a mix of originals, a couple jazzed up … Continue reading God made light

Matthew Paul Turner’s Great Big American God

God has an image problem, so it seems. The question is, which God? There have been many manifestations of God over the last four centuries of American religious history, according to Matthew Paul Turner’s newest book, Our Great Big American God. MPT’s sweeping historical overview doesn’t always make for comfortable reading. For him, nothing is sacred. … Continue reading Matthew Paul Turner’s Great Big American God

The Bible is messy, troubling, and weird. And that’s OK.

Someone shared this quote with me from Peter Enns’ preview of his forthcoming book The Bible Tells Me So (HarperOne, September 2014): What if God is actually fine with the Bible just as it is? Not the well-behaved version we create, but the messy, troubling, weird, and ancient Bible that we actually have? Maybe this Bible has … Continue reading The Bible is messy, troubling, and weird. And that’s OK.