May 24, 2018

My New Year’s Resolution – Work Life Balance (and a little more time resting in God)

I have have spent the last couple of days reflecting on work life balance. Or rather, my lack thereof. My apologies to those who have offered to help with Michael Spencer’s commentary on Mark. I keep meaning to get back to you, but this issue of work life balance is one of the things that […]

A Culture War Conundrum

Ah, here’s a tricky one. According to a report by Daniella Silva of NBC News: A federal judge has found key parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law to be unconstitutional, ruling in favor of a polygamous family known for their reality television show. While all 50 states across the nation have laws against bigamy, prohibiting people […]

How I Teach My Children About Jesus

I first met Laree Lindburg at a writers’ conference six or seven years ago. We have been good friends, and even business partners, ever since. Laree, her husband, and their three boys live in a flyover state in the heartland. I asked her to share how she teaches her boys about Jesus. Welcome Laree to […]

A “Biblical” View of Marriage?

NOTE FROM CM: The following article was written by Robert R. Cargill, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa; Kenneth Atkinson, associate professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa; and Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies at Iowa State University. From The Des Moines Register: The debate about marriage equality […]

iMonk: “Marriage = Running Wounded”

From Michael Spencer’s classic post, On Running Wounded * * * Ask anyone who is married. We really are running wounded, and sometimes nothing seems more ridiculous than the proposition that we can really bring about more good than harm, or experience more love than suffering in this vulnerable relation called marriage. The reality is […]

Eagle Update: 8/19/12

From Dee at Wartburg Watch at 6pm this evening: Eagle will be discharged tomorrow on IV antibiotics and wound care to be delivered by the Visiting Nurses. He will need help with housework and meals so he is looking into getting some extra help. Please keep him in your prayers.

My Beloved, My Friend

“This is my beloved and this is my friend…” – Song of Solomon 5:16 * * * Those simple, graceful words from the Song of Solomon have summarized the way I’ve viewed my relationship with my wife Gail ever since we fell in love as college students. I wrote a song using them as the main […]

Gordon Fee on Ephesians 5.18-33

I hope you will take the time to view this excellent study by Gordon Fee about the cultural background and context of the “household” teachings of Ephesians 5:18-33.      

How the ELCA Dealt with the Issue of Homosexuality

Let me begin on a personal note. The 2009 ELCA decision to approve their social statement on human sexuality, with its provisions for homosexuality, have never been on my radar in terms of why I choose to affiliate with the ELCA. I explained in this morning’s post that these things have never been “hot-button” issues […]

Chaplain Mike’s “Agenda”

In the comments on yesterday’s post, some of you questioned my motives and my “agenda” for discussing Bible verses that directly address the subject of homosexuality. Well, let me lay it out plainly for you. To be perfectly honest, this is not something I would prefer to talk about. It has never been an issue […]