Tag Archives: Theology

On Murder Mysteries and the Meaning of Vocation Too

Reading a mystery? For class? Seriously? This is the second week for the Capitol Fellows, the graduate seminar I teach every Monday morning through the fall, September to December, and the first book I had them read was Dorothy Sayers’ … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: So Heavenly Minded as to be Earthly Useful

I’ve always been a black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinker, which for the most part has not served me well — because most of life is lived and figured out in the gray areas. If I didn’t get an A on that assignment … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: Still Looking Towards Home

Jeremiah 29 calls us to seek the welfare of the country (or the whole earth) because we will prosper if our land prospers. Human flourishing fulfills that mandate. We are called not to abandon the physical in order to pursue … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: Planning to Be Here Awhile

Jeremiah 29 gives us a bold exhortation to plan, with redemptive imagination, for the long-haul of life in a broken world.  While imprisoned for his work as a pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote to his fiancé Maria, saying, “Our marriage must … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: Politics in the Land of Exile

Exile was a concept directly familiar to Israelites.  Israel, though Abraham, Moses, and David, was given many promises.  The Lord would bless and uphold his people.  They were to multiply like the stars of the sky.  The sons of Abraham … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: Place and Purpose

Certainly Jeremiah 29 is often quoted for comfort and reassurance in the midst of various seasons of life. Christians seem to lean on it during times of stress and great trial, and rightly so. As I read it this time, … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: The Long Term Promise of Jeremiah 29

It’s a verse that’s written on most Hallmark cards in the religion section, often texted between Christian friends during tough times, and frequently used as an Instagram caption for photos of serene scenery. If more ubiquitous verses exist in American … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: Jeremiah 29

Jeremiah 29 is one of the seminal texts to biblically consider faith, work, and vocation.  Unfortunately, verse 11 is often read without the surrounding context: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare … more »

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Missio on Generosity: Boaz, Ruth, and Ukraine

Last fall at work I read a news report titled “Russian separatists use child soldiers in front-line combat.” The article stated that pro-Russian-separatist forces “have been using children as young as 14 as front-line troops in their war against Ukraine … more »

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Our Teachers Teach Us

Our teachers teach us, and that’s the point. We choose to learn, and because that is true, who we choose to learn from is crucial in what we learn. I have long described the deepest learning as over-the-shoulder, through-the-heart learning, … more »

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