Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Preaching

Mistakes Were Made

Mistakes were made.  If you could fish with that line, you’d never stop pulling them from the water, because there is no one who doesn’t make mistakes.  By definition, mistakes are accidental rather than on purpose. Even the Law of Moses had a category for mistakes called “unintentional sins.” To err  is  human. Recently, I read  Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts . In it,... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Dec 17
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Thank You, Eugene Peterson

“For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”  (1 Corinthians 4:15) I consider Eugene H. Peterson a father in Christ. I’ve never met him, and will not this side of Heaven. As I write this, he is in hospice care.  Many have contributed to my pastoral formation, but from him I learned to be a literary pastor. That’s not one who writes scholarly or reads widely,... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Oct 18
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Front and Center

In one of his books, Gregory Thornbury says he once told a European audience that evangelicalism is a suicide death cult. We criticize ourselves to death, he meant. It’s an off-the-wall way of putting it, but Thornbury was attempting to emphasize a recurring crisis in evangelical identity. While many in evangelical churches are saying they don’t know who we are anymore, most don’t know who we were to begin with. Evangelicalism, interdenominational in makeup, began as a... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jul 19
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