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Does Bono Really Believe in Love?

My dear friend and Scriptorium Daily’s own Paul Spears is at the U2 concert tonight with his lovely wife Lisa. Tomorrow night, my old buddy Mike French gets to go. They will bask in the glow of 30 years of the best rock-and-roll ever right

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Pietism—What Is It Good For?

It is a truth universally acknowledged (among theologians, or at least most of them), that a Christian in possession of a Pietistic spirituality, must be in want of a social ethic. Pietists, those champions of heart religion, those prototypes of today’s experience-driven religion, were so

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The Church, Singleness, and Homosexuality

Three things have been on my mind for a long time. The first is Jesus’ strong word about his family being those who do the will of the Father. The second is my singleness. The third is homosexuality, as I’ve had many dear gay friends

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Royal Duty: The King Behind the Speech

St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary and Foster-Father of Christ, has always fascinated me. He comes on the scene, plays his role, and then is never mentioned again in the gospel narratives. He is a man who is called to do one task, difficult,

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Bach as Theologian

I couldn’t let the 326th birthday of the great Kappelmeister go by without some short reflection on my favorite choral piece, the great St. Matthew Passion. As a devout Lutheran, Bach heavily meditated on the passion of Christ, influenced heavily by Martin Luther’s theology of

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Eureka: Interview about California Theology

Joe Gorra at the Evangelical Philosophical Society blog interviewed me and co-conspirator Jason Sexton about our project called Theological Engagement with California Culture. Here are a couple of excerpts from the interview. On how the project got started: The basic idea developed from a summer

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Broken Like Brooklyn: Duke Snider Dies in California

Baseball player Duke Snider died this weekend in Escondido, California, at age 84. If you’ve got baseball in your soul, the headline is all you need to read to know that his death symbolizes more than just a personal loss to his family and friends.

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A Theology of California? (Call for Papers)

Is there such a thing as a theology of California? I have long suspected that there is, or at least that Christians living in California need to be equipped with a functional theological account of what this state is and what it means for the

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Striving Toward Being: Milosz Writes to Merton from Berkeley

In 1958, Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk, wrote a fan letter to Czeslaw Milosz, the Polish poet. Milosz knew some of Merton’s writings, and replied to the letter. The two struck up a correspondence that lasted for a decade, until Merton’s death in 1968. Those

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Berkeley: Frowners and Scolders, Neurotic Geniuses and Rapt Madwomen

This week my family is visiting friends in Berkeley, California; returning to that strange little city where we lived for four years in the late 90’s and have visited with students every summer since. Berkeley’s easy to make fun of, but also easy to love.

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What Makes for a Great Book?

Biola‘s Torrey Honors Institute is a great books program. Our students get their general education by reading and discussing the hundred or so greatest hits of western civ, and everybody who works here teaches that whole curriculum. But the phrase “great books” doesn’t always instantly

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Workin’ for the Weekend

No matter your taste, Canada has given us some good music over the years. If you want to make a political statement you listen to Bruce Cockburn. Wanna rock like it’s the summer of ’69? Then there’s Bryan Adams. Riding in an elevator? Listen to