October 20, 2017

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 a fever and die. Oh well….what is life if we don’t live dangerously. […]

Bisexual Logic and Gay Determinism: Does the rhetoric match the reality?

The release of the movie Kinsey and the continuing growth of bisexuality as a visible and publicized aspect of culture presents a very interesting dilemma for the gay rights movement. Are they sure they want us to listen to the bisexual community? For years, I have done a unit on homosexuality and Christianity in my […]

Christmas For Beginners: Michael’s sermon for the first Sunday in Advent (Text: John 1:1-18)

I am a preacher, and I enjoy it. I enjoy Advent and Christmas preaching most of all. Here’s the first sermon in an Advent series called “Christmas for Beginners.” If you use it, give me credit and Santa will take note. Christmas doesn’t begin in Bethlehem. All you have to do is pick up the […]

Take it easy on that spiritual warfare stuff

Spiritual warfare is a topic that occasionally raises its controversial head at my on-line tavern, but I’ll admit to ducking like a coward when it comes to saying what I think. Since BHT fellow J.S. Bangs tossed this rock at the window, I’ll stick my head outside and yell for a few moments. Then I’ll […]

A guide to my issues with Rick Warren

Saw Rick Warren on Larry King tonight. (Gee, Larry. Time to hang it up. Your comments sound demented.) Rick was everything I know and shake my head over. Mediocre. Full of cliches. Muddled about the Gospel, but mostly sorta kinda right. I found myself thinking I was watching the natural progression from Wesley to Finney […]

Better to be an honest unbeliever than pretending it’s easy to believe: Spencer’s Ten Point Argument for Faith Revisited

A few days ago, I received an 81 page manuscript from a person who reads my work, describing his recent conversion to atheism and how my writing played a role in his “de-conversion” from Christianity. This is the second time an atheist has told me I’ve played some part in his desertion of Christianity. I […]

Sin to spite the devil

“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We […]

Caedmon’s Call: London, Ky 11/3/04

Just returned from seeing Caedmon’s Call with about a 100 OBI students and staff. A few reflections on the concert and the new CD in extended comments.

I’m worse than Bill Maher

You know what? Reading this really makes me angry. I read this, and I’d like to be one of those offended Christians. Call Dobson. Call Roy Moore. Tell the guy off for insulting Christians. All that yap. But you know what? I’m worse than Bill Maher. Lots worse. I stand in the shadow of the […]

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery:” A theological reflection on the Gospel of the scapegoat

Today’s lesson in my AP English IV class was Shirley Jackson’s well-known short story, “The Lottery.” Many of you probably read this story in your senior year of high school. From the standpoint of a teacher, “The Lottery” is a winner because it’s great art and a great starter for discussions. It is a simple […]