October 22, 2017

Archives for October 2016

Fridays with Michael Spencer: October 21, 2011

In Screwtape Letter 10, the senior tempter reminds Wormwood that, as much as possible, he should strive to have his patient lead two completely separate and parallel lives. It’s basic demonic advice, and few of us would need much explanation. Someone ought to add that’s there’s no good reason to stop at two separate lives. Three, four, […]

Another Look: Eschatological Me

Note from CM: This is one of my favorite posts that I have written. The concept I discuss here is, in my view, a genuine key to Christian self-identity and practice. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to understand at a glance, so I hope you’ll take some time thinking about what I write here and […]

Blame it all on sex. Uh, no.

According to Christian author, speaker, and apologist Frank Turek, sex is the problem in America these days, not unbelief. The reason, he says, that people are turning away from God is because they are chasing another religion: sex. It’s an old religion resurrected — the new religion in America is the religion of sex,” Turek […]

Another Look: It Never Helps

Note from CM: Several years ago, I wrote an essay on anger. You can read the original HERE. I’ve incorporated some of that post into today’s. But I’ve also gained a few new insights on the subject since I wrote the first article. This election year, with all its angry rhetoric and turmoil, has caused me […]

Music Monday: October 17, 2016

Note from CM: Another of my favorite “autumnal” albums is Mark Knopfler’s Get Lucky. But rather than write about Mark myself today, I found this 2013 piece by our friend Rob Grayson that gives a good report of what it’s like to see this remarkable singer/songwriter in concert. Beyond that, it is an encouraging reminder […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 16, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) When our first grandchild came to be with us, my father held back, unable to bring himself again to give his heart to another child, another who would call forth his love, no matter the cost. And then, knowing her smallness, her helplessness, her inheritance of this world’s sorrow, […]

Saturday Ramblings: October 15, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK In a “jingle-jangle morning” a long time ago, a young folk singer from Minnesota began a complex and rambling journey that has continued through my entire lifetime and still goes on today. His trek reached a culmination this week when the Nobel Prize committee awarded Bob Dylan the prize for Literature. Today […]

Jesus blesses all the wrong people, even pastors

Note from CM: I had the privilege of going downtown to hear Nadia Bolz-Weber speak tonight. She did a couple of readings, took questions and answers, oversaw her signature “ham raffle,” and signed books and took pictures with folks afterwards. I found her humble, funny, and thoughtful. Yes, she used some words we don’t normally […]

Letter to Jesus 2: The Pharisee in the Mirror

Dear Jesus, How is it that the people who claim to follow you most closely bear such a marked resemblance to the ones you criticized most during your ministry? People of the Book. Separated from “sinners.” Concerned for your glory. We are devoted to studying the scriptures and parsing out their meaning and application to our […]

Christ’s Rabble, or Regular Folks?

David Bentley Hart has written a challenging piece at Commonweal, called “Christ’s Rabble,” in which he asks “whether in our wildest imaginings we could ever desire to be the kind of persons that the New Testament describes as fitting the pattern of life in Christ.” How does the New Testament describe such persons? Hart speaks of them generally in […]