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An Interview with John McNall on the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism

We spoke with Dr. Josh McNall—associate professor of pastoral theology, ambassador of church relations, and director of the honors program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University—about his latest book, Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism, published by InterVarsity Press. 

Lenten Devotion: I Will Not Be Shamed

By Sharon Watkins and Richard H. Lowery

Read Isaiah 50:4–9a.
“The Lord God helps me… / I know that I shall not be put to shame.”

Today’s reading is from the third of the so-called “servant songs” in the portion of the book scholars call “Second Isaiah.” The songs are reflections on the experiences of a “servant,” often clearly identified as Israel as a whole, but sometimes apparently referring to some sub-group or individual among the exiles in Babylonia.

Lenten Devotion: Jesus Heals the…

By Sharon Watkins and Richard H. Lowery

Read Luke 7:1–10.
“A centurion there had a slave…”

People of the United States* reading this passage need to stutter at the word slave, a reminder of our own horrific national history.

The Futility of Lent

By Elrena Evans

The alarm clock rings early, and I am still asleep when it rings—an oddity, for an erstwhile early riser. But I am full from stacks of pancakes and fastnachts consumed last night at our church’s Shrove Tuesday celebration, and the surfeit of starch makes me sleepy.