Theological Education and Identity Politics: On Listening Carefully

This post is just a sketch of a major issue that looms in the background of my doctoral studies. As the landscape of twenty-first century theological education is rearranged by seismic cultural forces, one of the major shakeups is precipitated by the larger conflict about identity politics in American culture. In this context, I believeContinue reading “Theological Education and Identity Politics: On Listening Carefully”

What the Intellectual Dark Web understands and churches need to consider

A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. (Acts 20:9) What is the Intellectual Dark Web (I.D.W.), you ask? It’s the silly, tongue-in-cheek nameContinue reading “What the Intellectual Dark Web understands and churches need to consider”

How Millennials Can Reach the Church

There has been a flood of advice in recent years aiming to teach churches how to “reach Millennials.” I think there is a better question: how can Millennials reach the church? On the one hand, churches are way harder to reach than Millennials. It’s going to take some real intentionality to help the church hear theContinue reading “How Millennials Can Reach the Church”

Enneagrammar Issues

“I have some concerns about the Enneagram.” People who like the Enneagram: “That means you don’t understand the Enneagram.” So, this is a followup to my previous post, “Enneagram? Meh.” I want to start with a response email whose subject line was “Enneagram? Mehgusta.” This delightfully snarky wordplay-as-riposte indicates that it was written by myContinue reading “Enneagrammar Issues”

On Cultural Intelligence

I’m a fan of David Livermore’s work on cultural intelligence. His book Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence would be at the top of my recommended reading for those who insist on engaging in STM. It is highly readable and equally insightful for those thinking for the first time about STM’s difficultiesContinue reading “On Cultural Intelligence”

On Drinking, Cussing, and Nudity (or Being a Christian at Bonnaroo)

I trashed this article in its original form. I worked on it for a while but couldn’t put my finger on a clear idea. I considered publishing rambling thoughts on my Bonnaroo experience, but I ultimately killed it in deference to cogent argumentation. Then someone sent me a bulletin from a Church of Christ in Manchester, TN,Continue reading “On Drinking, Cussing, and Nudity (or Being a Christian at Bonnaroo)”