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"Mercy Goes First": An Address to Seminary Graduates

“Mercy Goes First”: An Address to Seminary Graduates

[What follows is an edited version of remarks I delivered to Truett Seminary’s Fall 2017 Graduates. My talk was heavily influenced by Mockingbird, and with gratitude I post this here.] It has been about 30 years ago now that I waited to hold my seminary diploma in my hands, and I was saddened this week […]

"I hate you Dad! Oh, I mean Reverend!"

“I hate you Dad! Oh, I mean Reverend!”

An old girlfriend of mine—let’s call her the Girl from Ipanema…no, on second thought, we better not—had a type when it came to men: blond hair and blue eyes. That worked out well for me—for awhile. Then a ghost showed up—taking the form of an ill-fated previous relationship with a man who looked remarkably like […]

Mr. Magoo, Frankenstein and Pastoral Theology

From Paul F. M. Zahl’s Grace in Practice, pp 240, 243: “Mr. Magoo walks through life blind, or rather extremely near-sighted. All around him, terrible things are happening. Ladders are crashing down, buckets of paint are falling from window ledges, cars are screeching to a halt. Everything is a near miss. But Mr. Magoo sees […]