Spiritual and Religious Discussion Night (Q and A!)

Last night at CSF we had a discussion night.  Or a question and answer night.  Honestly, we call it a lot of things.  It is something we do 1-2 times each semester.  We go off of our usual format and simply talk about whatever questions and topics students want to talk about.  Students each get […]

Dear Pastor Friends and Other Christians Who Like to Think – You Should Read David Bentley Hart

David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian and philosopher.  His book The Beauty of the Infinite was one of the most difficult, and rewarding, books I have read.  I highly recommend his other works as well. If you are going to start reading Hart, the best book to pick up might be his collection […]

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey (Review)

Every day I look at my two-year-old daughter and imagine what kind of person she will become.  What career will she pursue?  What sort of friends will she have?  What books will she like?  My prayer is that whatever such specifics are that she will live a life in service and discipleship to Jesus Christ. […]

The Problem with Christ – Review

English readers of the Bible see it over and over again: Jesus Christ. While most know that “Christ” is not Jesus’ last name, new readers to the Bible could be forgiven if they get that impression. This is the problem, according to Chris Gorton, in his book The Problem with Christ.  I have had the […]

Thoughts on Prayer – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)

There are many more fantastic passages from Bonhoeffer’s classic on Christian community, Life Together, that I want to share.  Here are a few on prayer: “As good and useful as our scruples may be about keeping our prayer pure and biblical, they must nevertheless not stifle the free prayer itself that is so necessary, for […]

Listening When Others Speak a God Word – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic work on community, Life Together: “Help must come from the outside; and it has come and comes daily and anew in the Word of Jesus Christ, bringing us redemption, righteousness, innocence, and blessedness. But God put this Word into the mouth of human beings so that it may be passed on […]

The Necessity of Physical Presence – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)

I just finished reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic work on Christian community, Life Together.  It was fantastic, I wish I had read it ten years ago.  This book should be must read for seminary students (why wasn’t I forced to read it in seminary?).  Over the next few weeks, I plan to share quotes from the […]

The Beauty of the Infinite – Review

Like anyone, I enjoy listening to music.  I never learned to play an instrument and I don’t really have a critical ear for the skills of musicians.  But I have friends who are skilled musicians.  We can listen to the same song and because of their understanding of music, they appreciate the song on a […]

Holy Week, Maundy Thursday Edition (What’s a maundy?)

Tonight is the night when the end began.  Jesus celebrated his final meal with his disciples, washing their feet and giving them a mandate (where the word “maundy” comes from): 33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I […]

Walking With the Saints – The Journal Of John Wesley

I love history.  As a Christian, I enjoy learning the history of the Christian church, both the good and the bad.  In my reading I make it a point to read works from times and places other then my own.  Books on Christian spirituality are (almost) a dime a dozen in any bookstore.  Some are […]