October 17, 2017

Archives for 2004

God of storms, seas, floods and earthquakes: Some thoughts on the Tragedy

[I would encourage everyone reading this post to stop right here, go to Samaritan’s Purse or the charity of your choice, and give to relieve and rebuilt the affected nations. Then we can do a bit of thinking.] UPDATE: Here’s how I fit all of this into an actual sermon at my church. I have […]

Donald Miller pulls me out of the pit: A review of “Blue Like Jazz” and “Searching for God Knows What”

I can still hear Miss Morris, my senior English teacher, saying it: “Too many “I’s. Too many “me’s.” We were writing essays, and she was simply correcting us with one of the cardinal rules of good essay writing: the essay was about the thesis statement, not about “I,” “me,” or “my.” The reader didn’t need […]

Does the Story Matter?

The other day, we were talking about Jesus’ command to “judge not,” and I said this in a post about how I have learned to think about judging others. Connected to this is the humility that needs to accompany all claims of knowledge of other persons. Boy oh boy oh boy have I learned this […]

Praise the Lord! He paid off my credit card! Again!

Presumption. Actually, the sin of presumption. I want to write about it, but I’m afraid that either I don’t know what I am talking about or I am going to make hundreds of sweet, wonderful Christian people start praying that I get a fever and die. Oh well….what is life if we don’t live dangerously. […]

A Theology of Everything

This is a story that happened where I work, so I need to tell you some things before we can go on. Our school has thirty minutes of chapel scheduled into every school day. It’s been like that for one hundred and six years, and nothing is more distinctive about our school than our daily […]

Steve Mcfarland: The Internet Monk Interview

Friends are among the greatest gifts in life. Steve Mcfarland has been my friend for 4 decades and I am a richer man for it. He’s also an eloquent voice for the issue of Christians in public schools and a person who has invested his entire adult life in being an influence for Christ in […]

“Lo, How a Rose:” Experiencing The Power of Beauty

It was Christmas of 1968. I was a seventh grader at Estes Junior High School. School was a huge part of my world. My father was beginning down the road to depression. I was an only child, and my life wasn’t full of the activities of a typical middle school boy today. My dad didn’t […]

Abandoning the Public Square….again

They are at it again. Their goal is simple: to get all children in the SBC out of public schools. To impose the teaching of creationism and Dobson-version approaches to moral issues on the entire SBC. Families can’t make the public school choice and be “good Christians.” Christians can’t minister in the public schools or […]

Christian Intolerance: We’ve been outed! What now?

But if we’re going to follow the Bible perfectly, we’re not finished yet. In the Old Testament, the punishment for homosexual acts is death. So let’s round up every gay person who has acted on their innate homosexual feelings and start administering lethal injection. While we’re at it, why don’t we also throw in anyone […]

Bisexual Logic and Gay Determinism: Does the rhetoric match the reality?

The release of the movie Kinsey and the continuing growth of bisexuality as a visible and publicized aspect of culture presents a very interesting dilemma for the gay rights movement. Are they sure they want us to listen to the bisexual community? For years, I have done a unit on homosexuality and Christianity in my […]