Flunking Sainthood
January 2011 Archives

Christianity Today has come out with its annual book awards for the best Christian books of last year. There are serious theological books by the likes of Alister McGrath, new religious fiction by Anne Rice, and a book I hadn’t […]

Does God promise us justice? The short answer seems to be no. Well, maybe. Probably not. The Book of Job, which we’ve been delving into in the Twible these past few weeks, raises all the requisite questions about suffering — […]

I’ve never had an experience of chronic pain, the kind where you want to die most of the time because your suffering is so terrible. I have had brief experiences with pain like that, like the time I decided to […]

All your childhood, when people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, I’m guessing you didn’t say “slave.” But according to evangelical writer and pastor John F. MacArthur, that’s what every Christian should aspire to. It’s […]

I’ve started to write about pop culture a couple of times a month at Gathering Voices, a new blog from The Thoughtful Christian. I’m in great company with fellow bloggers like Greg Garrett, Adam Copeland, Lynn Baab and Don McKim. […]

A few weeks ago at church, a visitor from another ward stayed after Relief Society to chat with me. After talking for several minutes about important things like suffering, prayer, and healing, she threw me for a loop with a […]

In my church we sing a beautiful hymn called “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” based on a famous passage from Job 25: 25: 25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter […]

You may have heard Kent Annan in the news recently, whether blogging for CNN about the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake or describing the social perils of “poverty tourism” in the Huffington Post. As the co-director of Haiti Partners, […]

There’s an interesting Q&A over at the Faith and Leadership Network today with Robert Putnam, co-author of the book American Grace, which I and others have blogged about recently. One of the book’s most surprising findings is the dramatic increase […]

In the wake of the Tucson shootings, Grant Hardy asks whether Mormons are doing everything they can to tone down the rhetoric of hatred and violence. It’s a particularly important question as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day today. And […]