November 19, 2017

“This world is ruled by violence”

Democracy don’t rule the world You’d better get that in your head This world is ruled by violence But I guess that’s better left unsaid • Bob Dylan • • • The Bible has a lot more to say about violence and its devastating effects upon the human race than it does about other sins, […]

Against Sermonic, Neo-Puritan Prayers

As usual, John Piper’s theological and (I assume) pastoral instincts have led him to speak publicly about the hurricanes that have brought such chaos and damage upon our part of the world recently. Piper’s pronouncements have not turned out well in the past, from my perspective. At least this time, he gave us a prayer […]

Priorities find the right track in “The Lansdale Statement”

Note from CM: This is from the official website of Lansdale Borough, PA: “For those seeking a suburban sanctuary with urban sensibilities, Lansdale is an established, walkable, close-knit neighborhood conveniently centered on mobility where priorities find the right track.” I think this statement by friend, mentor, and Lansdale resident Peter Enns indeed exemplifies Christian priorities […]

Annual Review: A renewed commitment to resistance

Annual Review 2016 A renewed commitment to resistance 2016 may prove to be either a short blip of craziness in the annals of history or the beginning of a prolonged period of craziness (God help us). Whichever it turns out to be, “crazy” is the operable word, especially when we consider the jaw-dropping political transformations that marked the […]

A Lament for Lahore’s Children

Today we weep for Lahore, her children and families, and all who love peace. The Easter bombing of a playground in Lahore, Pakistan has brought the subject of Christian persecution to the forefront of the world’s attention, because the group responsible for it claimed that they were targeting Christians. The horrific attack is one more event in […]

Stuck with their noses in the text

Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” • Matthew 9:13 • • • In her book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse, Ruth Tucker references a prominent preacher who promotes the “complementarian” view of gender roles and who gives unrealistic advice in an […]

A Tale of Christian “Persecution” — One way or another

As Paul Harvey used to say, “Here’s a strange.” Hard to know what to think about it. Is it a story of Christians being “persecuted” or of Christians doing the “persecuting”? The Washington Post reports: A Michigan dentist who streamed contemporary Christian music in her dental office and held prayer meetings for staff members is […]

You don’t have to “do grief right”

Note from CM: I will closely moderate this post. Please be respectful and serious and stick to the subject today. If things get out of hand, I will not hesitate to shut down discussion. • • • Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty […]

Memes won’t do

See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. • Matthew 10:16 • • • Christians are naive, maybe hopelessly naive. Failing to heed Jesus’ counsel to be wise as they traverse the minefields of the world, we end up playing and […]

Which Way? Religious Conservatism at the Crossroads

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling [Obergefell v. Hodges] which found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage surprised few observers. Whether or not such a right can legitimately be derived from the Constitution, it seems impossible that the court would have voted the way it did had this case been brought before it 20 years ago. […]