March 22, 2018

On The Side of the Rebel Jesus: Ron Sider’s Quixotic Quest for An Ethical Evangelicalism

All the streets are filled with laughter and light And the music of the season And the merchants' windows are all bright With the faces of the children And the families hurrying to their homes As the sky darkens and … [Continue reading...]

Ten Things…and Ten More things: How To Turn Me Into A Democrat

I was raised a Democrat. FDR was the fourth member of the Trinity. No.....really, he was the third because I heard a lot more about him than I did about the Holy Spirit. FDR and the Democrats kept my dad's family from starving to … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

“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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]