Grace & Gratitude

7/9/2019

Karl Barth, the greatest theologian of the twentieth century, also served as a guest preacher and counselor in the Basel city prison. Because of his service, he was invited to speak to a convention of German prison chaplains and social...

For Teaching, Reproof, Correction, and Training in Righteousness

6/13/2019

A generation ago, books such as The Wounded Healer and As One without Authority encouraged the view that pastors should not pretend to be exemplary Christians. Rather, they should present themselves as fellow pilgrims, joined with others on a journey...

Grace and Gratitude

5/15/2019

The Christian life is shaped by gratitude - gratitude for the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. It is by God's grace that we receive the gift of our...

Literary theology: quotes and thoughts from contemporary novels

4/9/2019

Provocative insights on religious themes from contemporary novelists ...  On Church: On Easter, she surprised me by wanting to go to church. She said it would be bad luck not to go. Thus Christianity, once an encompassing cathedral built on...

Good Books to Strengthen Pastoral Ministry

3/12/2019

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, “Take and read, take and read.” He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on the path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...

From the bookshelves: quotes and thoughts from contemporary novelists

2/12/2019

Theological wisdom (and theological foolishness) is not the private preserve of professional theologians. Many contemporary novelists deal sensitively with religious themes, often offering provocative insights that pastors can use to good effect in preaching and teaching. Brief quotes do not...

God and the Art of Happiness

12/4/2018

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, "Take and read, take and read." He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on the path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...

The Early Preaching of Karl Barth

11/13/2018

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, "Take and read, take and read." He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on the path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...

Confessing our Faith with John P. Burgess

10/16/2018

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, "Take and read, take and read." He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on the path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...

Listening in on conversations with Karl Barth

9/18/2018

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, "Take and read, take and read." He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on a path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and...