Writings by Cole Huffman


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Walnut Street

Is nostalgia wasteful pining? Being stuck in bygones, wistful for more of what isn’t and won’t be? Is it just our inner Uncle Rico throwing footballs at his tripod, readying his 40-year-old self to be a high school quarterback again? Nostalgia has even been considered an illness, as in acute homesickness. I detoured into my old neighborhood on the way to Birmingham recently. While it has its problems, to never experience nostalgia is a kind of willed amnesia. And anyway, of late... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at May 3 | 0 comments
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Exits Stage Left

Sometimes people leave our church for another one. How do we respond to that without defensiveness or defiance? Defensiveness is hearing but not listening. Defiance is worse. In both postures pride swells and we act like our church has it together with nothing to learn. I have a book called Exit Interviews by Bill Hendricks. I read it when I was just starting out as a pastor, and try to remember from it that there is always something to learn from those who leave, and sometimes there... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Mar 23 | 0 comments
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Repentance Deficit and Conviction Deficit

There are two primary deficits in the church’s witness, historically considered. One is repentance deficit and the other conviction deficit. Repentance deficit makes us seems superior to others. Conviction deficit makes us accommodate sin. The best contemporary definition of sin I’ve found is from Francis Spufford’s book Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense. Written as an apologia to a skeptical British readership,... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Feb 23 | 0 comments
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