November 22, 2017

Archives for November 2004

Christmas For Beginners: Michael’s sermon for the first Sunday in Advent (Text: John 1:1-18)

I am a preacher, and I enjoy it. I enjoy Advent and Christmas preaching most of all. Here’s the first sermon in an Advent series called “Christmas for Beginners.” If you use it, give me credit and Santa will take note. Christmas doesn’t begin in Bethlehem. All you have to do is pick up the […]

Take it easy on that spiritual warfare stuff

Spiritual warfare is a topic that occasionally raises its controversial head at my on-line tavern, but I’ll admit to ducking like a coward when it comes to saying what I think. Since BHT fellow J.S. Bangs tossed this rock at the window, I’ll stick my head outside and yell for a few moments. Then I’ll […]

A guide to my issues with Rick Warren

Saw Rick Warren on Larry King tonight. (Gee, Larry. Time to hang it up. Your comments sound demented.) Rick was everything I know and shake my head over. Mediocre. Full of cliches. Muddled about the Gospel, but mostly sorta kinda right. I found myself thinking I was watching the natural progression from Wesley to Finney […]

Better to be an honest unbeliever than pretending it’s easy to believe: Spencer’s Ten Point Argument for Faith Revisited

A few days ago, I received an 81 page manuscript from a person who reads my work, describing his recent conversion to atheism and how my writing played a role in his “de-conversion” from Christianity. This is the second time an atheist has told me I’ve played some part in his desertion of Christianity. I […]

Sin to spite the devil

“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We […]

Derek Webb and Band: The Dame, Lexington, Ky, 11/14/04

Derek Webb and his new band brought the “I See Things Upside Down” tour to a small bar/club in Lexington, Kentucky on Sunday night, and I was fortunate to be there for a wonderful show. Webb is a former singer/songwriter in Caedmon’s Call, leaving last year to make his own harder-edged, more theologically “out front” […]

Ted Rall: Answering questions no one is asking

I’m just curious. When I read a piece like Ted Rall’s anti-red state, anti-middle of the country, anti-populist, pro-elitist, pro-east coast liberal manifesto, did I , uh….miss something? Listen to this: So our guy lost the election. Why shouldn’t those of us on the coasts feel superior? We eat better, travel more, dress better, watch […]

Beyond the bizarre and the arbitrary: How I became pro-life

“Doctors should not be aborting fetuses at a stage at which another doctor “operating under a different set of instructions” could give that same baby a reasonable chance of leading a full and healthy life.” Charlotte Edwardes, undercover reporter for the London Telegraph, who revealed how the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the U.K.’s largest abortion […]

A Secular Victory for Religious Fundamentalists: Chris Hitchens gets it right

Glory Hallelujah. Pass the offering plate and someone say “Help me, Jesus!” Revival has arrived, and the evangelist is my favorite atheist, Christopher Hitchens. So here is what I want to say on the absolutely crucial matter of secularism. Only one faction in American politics has found itself able to make excuses for the kind […]

Caedmon’s Call: London, Ky 11/3/04

Just returned from seeing Caedmon’s Call with about a 100 OBI students and staff. A few reflections on the concert and the new CD in extended comments.