Ten years ago this fall I entered seminary to pursue my M.Div. and, I thought, a career as a campus pastor at a Christian college. The “calling” to the pastorate was one I’d felt early in my life, and I took that call seriously during my time in seminary. I thought often about the past, […]
Here at TOJ, we’re always intrigued when we come across like-minded folks doing like-minded work. So when I got word of a new project called “Into the Noise,”an organization that leads trips to some of the major artistic events in our culture, my curiosity was piqued. Started just last year, Into the Noise (ITN) hosts […]
In this interview with Paula Huston, the author and Benedictine oblate discusses how monastic disciplines developed by the fourth-century desert fathers can still be used by contemporary Christians seeking to simplify their souls, particularly in the season of Lent.
In this Advent reflection, Tom Ryan wonders whether we really want what Advent prepares us for.
On Cultural Neuroses, Primal Screams, and the Psychology of Celebrity: An Interview with Carl Raschke
In this interview, Carl Raschke discusses our need to create celebrities, the fantasies they fulfill, and what we can learn from our obsessions with them.
Brian McLaren has been asking important questions about Christian practice for decades, stirring needed debate within the world of evangelicalism and beyond. His newest book, A New Kind of Christianity, continues McLaren’s project of assessing and reassessing our assumptions concerning the foundations of modern Christian practice by asking ten important questions about the pillars of the Christian faith: narrative, […]
Critiquing historical movements of modernity in the western church, Tom Ryan argues in this article that seasons of doubt are equally as important for faith as times of certainty, and are even necessary for fostering a genuine spirituality within the church.