September 24, 2018

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 […]

Comment Spam-be gone!

I want to thank BHT fellow Phillip Winn for some MT wizardry that once and for all rids me of the plague of comment spam that has decimated this site. The price to pay for peace in the neighborhood is small: you must preview comment posts. Press two buttons instead of one. Let me also […]

Whither Calvinism?

I’m a bad Calvinist. (UPDATE 4/05. I’m not longer a Calvinist.) Meaning, I’ll call myself a Calvinist, but I have more than a few exceptions and quibbles with Calvinism. So when someone in the camp speaks up plainly and says things aren’t quite perfect, I will listen. This extended quote comes from someone at Pilgrim […]

What is Heaven?

Heaven: An interesting topic. Basically, I think we look at it entirely backwards, and really, the Matrix + Capon on Genesis have been extremely helpful to my own thoughts. I am not looking forward to going there. I think I am there.

I’m Glad I’m Not a Young Earth Creationist

It’s funny when I think about it, but the reasons to not be a young earth creationist get better all the time. Take the latest creationist flap on our little campus: The Gap Theory. Gap theory is apparently one way to let off the pressure that some folks feel from having to assume the Bible […]

A Small Church Tragedy

A Small Church Tragedy I’m back. I want to talk about a story from back home in my hometown, Owensboro, Kentucky. I wish I could link the newspaper account of this story, but it’s under a registration page, so you will just have to trust me on this one. The church is Wing Avenue Baptist […]

Two Reviews of The Passion

Two Reviews of The Passion I’ve devoted a remarkable amount of space to The Passion, and it’s time to bring some closure to that chapter by posting two brief reviews of the movie. Please read them both, and thanks to all of you who have read my reviews of other “Jesus movies” and sent along […]

Two Reviews of The Passion

Two Reviews of The Passion I’ve devoted a remarkable amount of space to The Passion, and it’s time to bring some closure to that chapter by posting two brief reviews of the movie. Please read them both, and thanks to all of you who have read my reviews of other “Jesus movies” and sent along […]

Preaching Grace is Risky Business

Preaching Grace is Risky Business Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that if we didn’t get complaints that we’d gone too far and said too much, then we probably haven’t really preached the Gospel of grace. That’s been my experience. Almost every time that I preach a strong sermon on justification by grace through faith, by Christ […]

Stand by for the first

Stand by for the first non-Passion related blog entry in a couple of weeks. Kathy Mattea in Concert. Brown Theater. Louisville, Ky. Friday, March 5, 2004. When I told one of my co-workers I was going to see Kathy Mattea, he said, “Isn’t she a has been?” I said, “Probably, but then look at who’s […]