READ IT, ep. 6 Grace In Practice, Paul Zahl

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week, Steve takes a look at Paul Zahl’s Grace In Practice         At times it can be difficult to keep in view what exactly we’re talking about when we say “gospel”, especially when it... Read more »


What I’m Learning from Ferguson

Bobby Griffith responds to violence, racism, and tragedy by asking “What can I do?”   I learned something from Ferguson, Missouri. My employee, Barry, told me a story. It was somewhere around 2005 or 2006. Barry came to work and said, “I got pulled over last night.” I asked why. He said, “the police pulled... Read more »


Internet Roundup

Let us curate the internet for you. Check out these articles for inspiration, illustrations and stimulation This week is shaping up to be great writers of fiction who happen to be women and Christians: Must read of the week award goes to this piece in the New Yorker on Flannery O’Conner and her recent induction... Read more »


READ IT, ep. 5: The Contemplative Pastor, Eugene Peterson

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week, Steve takes a look at Eugene Peterson’s, The Contemplative Pastor     It is incredibly easy to lose sense of yourself and your calling in the face of congregational demands. There is a form that pastors... Read more »


From the Quote File

Bonhoeffer on the scandal of God with us in Jesus of Nazareth       For the mighty ones, for the great ones of this world, there are only two places where their courage deserts them, which they fear in the depths of their souls, which they dodge and avoid: the manger and the cross of Jesus... Read more »


When a Church Implodes

Brian Prentiss forgoes shadenfreude over the recent fall of Mark Driscoll and suggests a more honest response when we see other pastors and churches imploding I’ve generally taken the policy of not talking about other churches or other pastors in a public way. Even though there are hucksters out there, I’ve generally refrained from calling them... Read more »


Weekly Roundup

A weekly list of stuff read, learned from or laughed at on the internet. Enjoy! It’s been a few weeks since my last roundup (mid-semester projects due) so some of these are older than others. The Most Popular Kindle Highlights Want to know what verse in the Bible Kindle readers are highlighting most? Atlantic can tell you. Check... Read more »


READ IT, ep. 4: My Bright Abyss, Christian Wiman

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week, Steve takes a look at Christian Wiman’s book of beautiful essays, My Bright Abyss.       In his preface, Wiman tells us the essentials: he is a poet who has been stricken with a rare,... Read more »


The Story of God’s Global Feast

“If we want to truly feast like kings, we will need to explore together as a global community the deeper meaning of our food practices and the ethics of eating.” Jamison Galt offers us this portrait of God as bread baker, and our lives as the story of God’s re-making us through water, yeast, flour,... Read more »


READ IT, episode 3: In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week, Steve takes a look at Henri Nouwen’s beautiful book, In the Name of Jesus.     There are all sorts of guides out there, telling us what our church should look like, how we should... Read more »