Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Did God Kill Jesus

When I was in high school, my favorite youth group leader was a man named Dave. I don’t recall him being an especially astute biblical scholar or a profound teacher. But he showed up every Sunday afternoon to play volleyball with us and his gift of time and attention meant the world to me. His […]

20 Things, Luck, Derrick Rose, and Gratitude


Here are four good YouTube videos I used in our youth worship service yesterday. Kid President is just straight up funny and right on target. I used this at the very beginning of the service to get people to think about things we should say more often and to make the point that worship helps […]

Get Up!

Picture by Kevin Dooley

This is a sermon I preached yesterday. The text is Acts 9:36-43. Eleven days ago violent storms ripped through many parts of our country. I remember seeing a news report about a massive tornado in northern Arkansas that, among other buildings and homes, completely destroyed a church. No one was injured, but I couldn’t help […]

Suffering and Divine Causality

"suffering is permanent - obscure and dark" by Azlan DuPree

Was it providential (or synchronistic) that this devotion I wrote over a month ago would come out two days after Richard Mourdock’s comments about God’s causality when it comes to rape and conception? In any event, here is another reflection on suffering and divine causality. This appears as today’s Fourth Church Daily Devotion, part of […]

God Doesn’t Cause Rape


Debates about abortion aren’t typically in my wheelhouse, but reflecting on God’s activity in the world is. In particular, I am consistently fascinated—and mostly perplexed—by the theological concept of providence, the notion that God somehow controls all aspects of human history. Yesterday an Indiana Republican running for the Senate related a strong understanding of God’s […]