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Christian faith and life

remember to hold your beliefs lightly: the Bible says so

Posted by PeteEnns on December 2, 2016 in Christian faith and life nature of the Bible 23 Comments

Here’s the point I want to make today: Being deeply challenged in our faith is not a “threat” or “attack” that should be fought against. Rather, these moments play an important and necessary role in our spiritual growth. Nothing has helped me see more clearly the positive spiritual value of having one’s faith tradition challenged than

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when the Bible disagrees with itself, and the key to handling it

Posted by PeteEnns on November 18, 2016 in Christian faith and life nature of the Bible 21 Comments

Here is a great quote from Leslie Newbigin a friend passed on to me recently. “…the confession of Jesus as the unique Son of God who by his incarnation, ministry, death and resurrection has acted decisively for the redemption of the world and for the renewal of the whole creation…provides the hermeneutical key with which

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a dance of despair and joy—a comment on the life of faith

Posted by PeteEnns on November 13, 2016 in biblical theology Christian faith and life 13 Comments

The readings today at St. Matthew’s (and every other) Episcopal church were Isaiah 65:17-25 and Luke 21:5-19. What an interesting pairing. Isaiah’s words are all about the future bliss of Jerusalem where pretty much everything that can go right does and everything that can go wrong doesn’t. There will be no more weeping or cries

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the worst blog I ever wrote

Posted by PeteEnns on September 30, 2016 in Christian faith and life 23 Comments

I remember it well—not so much the content of the blog. That has slipped my mind. What has stayed with me is why I wrote it. Why. That’s what made it the worst blog I ever wrote. Theology is a good hobby, but it’s a hard living. For me, a persistent and nagging tension in my life is

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God isn’t the great helicopter parent in the sky (at least that’s what the Bible says)

Posted by PeteEnns on August 25, 2016 in biblical theology Christian faith and life 12 Comments

Although my three children are now (dear God, please) well-adjusted 20-somethings, mine was the generation of parents who hovered over their children to insulate them from failure and ensure their “success” in life (good grades, sports, avoiding drugs, learning violin, whatever). But, as any decent child psychologist (not to mention previous generations of parents) will tell us,

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on young people leaving their faith behind (and doing something about it)

Posted by PeteEnns on August 11, 2016 in Christian faith and life Evangelicalism 39 Comments

The 2011 Barna survey on American Christianity published “Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church.” And here they are. I read through them and I think to myself, “Yup. Yup. Uh huh. That one, too. And that one.” These ring utterly true to me from my experience, including being a Christian college professor. I continue to

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