Christian faith and life

Losing it at the Dollar Tree

Posted by PeteEnns on December 27, 2011 in Christian faith and life

I don’t normally get emotional at the Dollar Tree. I mean, the prices are great, but I usually don’t get choked up about it. I was getting into my car, and parked beside me–crooked–was a white Civic. A elderly woman got out. She walked around the car slowly. She was carrying an oxygen tank with

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Just Sit There

Posted by PeteEnns on December 14, 2011 in Christian faith and life

If you’ve ever tried to be still, just still, you know how hard this is. We long for noise, distractions–anything to spare us from admitting to ourselves that things are not as they should be: TV, books, music, other people, complaining, that non-stop, self-serving, chatterbox we call our “thoughts.” Why is it so hard to

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(Shut Up, Already, and) Listen to the Desert

Posted by PeteEnns on December 9, 2011 in Christian faith and life

I recently read Listen to the Desert: Secrets of Spiritual Maturity from the Desert Fathers and Mothers by Gregory Mayers. I know it can appear stylish to read these ancient eremites (“Hey look at me. I’m not bound by evangelical sub-culture.”) But that’s not me. I’ve been driven to look more closely at models of Christian

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Fear Leads to Anger: Unpacking Theological Belligerence

Posted by PeteEnns on October 29, 2011 in Christian faith and life defending the faith

My point: Belligerence in theological discussions is a reaction to a deep fear—typically unperceived—that one’s metanarrative is under threat. Let me put that in English: People fight about their views of God because they are afraid of the consequences of being wrong. Being wrong about God is fearful because it destabilizes their way of looking at the universe and

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Why It’s Good to Doubt God

Posted by PeteEnns on October 25, 2011 in Christian faith and life doubt 124 Comments

About a year ago, I posted on my old website a lecture I gave at Asuza Pacific University on the role of doubt in the Christian life. Below is a greatly abbreviated version (half the length) of that lecture that cleans up some of the “oral” feel of the original lecture. Based on feedback I’ve received over

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