April 24, 2018

What He Believed, He Lived: A Tribute to the Rev. W.O. Spencer

On Sunday morning, January 9th, 2005, my uncle, the Rev. Willie Offutt "W.O." Spencer came to the end of his earthly journey. He was 88 years old. Married to my Aunt Dot for 67 years, pastor of my home church- Hall Street … [Continue reading...]

A Prayer for Alex: What to do when your child says he doesn’t believe any more.

A friend stopped in to ask me some questions about her 6th grade son's sudden announcement that he no longer believed in God or Jesus. Our time was simply too short for a substantial answer, so I thought it would be a good topic … [Continue reading...]

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...]