Church & Theology

Tension of Faith

Four Ways to Help you Walk in the Tension of Faith

While in grad school, I ran across the author Henri Nouwen, who articulated the tension—or paradox—of faith as well as anyone I have read. His answer, unlike most I have heard, does not whitewash the messiness of life or explain away the mystery of God. Rather, Nouwen wrote that an essential part of life is …

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Slow Down

Want to Hear from God? Slow Down.

A new piece I wrote for RELEVANT Magazine wrestling with some of the ideas brought up in The Grand Paradox was just published. Check out the brief excerpt below and read the rest on their website. ————————————————————————————————————— Deadlines. Relational drama. Global injustice. Multiple jobs. Financial stress. Life is relentlessly difficult and moves insanely fast. The world is …

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On Bamboo, Justice, and Spiritual Disciplines

On Bamboo, Justice, and Spiritual Disciplines

Guest Post by Dr. Amy Stumpf Six stalks of bamboo sit on my desk. Three are just regular bamboo stalks that grow straight up. The other three are slightly more expensive “lucky” bamboo stalks that have grown in some decorative shapes.  That bamboo didn’t just randomly grow into an artistically twisted pattern. I suppose that …

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What is Lent?

Guest Post by Pete Kelley After years of joking with my Baptist friends about ‘giving up Lent for Lent’ and ‘fasting from fasting’, I now find myself a firm believer in the observance of the season of Lent. About 10 years ago I decided to give Lent a try and I haven’t looked back since. …

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Not Your Normal Book Trailer

The Grand Paradox on Religious News Service

I was recently interviewed about The Grand Paradox by Jonathan Merritt for a Religion News Service post on Faith and Culture. Jonathan is a columnist and the author of several books including his latest, Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined. You can read more by Jonathan on his blog and follow him on Twitter @JonathanMerritt. …

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