It’s election season, which is a hunting season where you and I are the game. But we can try to avoid being taken down, strung up, and mounted on a wall. We can try. We’re going to hear things like, “Jesus was a liberal.” He was? Has he changed his mind? Whatever Jesus was, I’m guessing he still is. “Jesus was a conservative?” Really? He was? Have the conservatives heard about the Resurrection? … [Read more...] about Jesus Was a Liberal, or Was He a Conservative?
Our character emerges from our deepest held beliefs --our deepest held religious beliefs. This is true because who or what we worship is at the root of all our moral choices. So, that’s deep, right? Well, how about an easier test? When we are watching a movie and a character does something that’s disappointing, irritating, or wicked, how do we react? We react against him and inwardly distance … [Read more...] about The “That Kind of Guy” Question
Christians from "camps" which many in my history would (improperly, I believe) deem entirely hostile have been serving me over the last few years. I now appreciate some books I would have been ashamed and afraid to have had in my house ten years ago. Thank you, God of Abraham, for expanding your influence over me beyond the borders of my ignorant, ungodly biases. … [Read more...] about I Love You, Irene
This is not a post about sports. Chad Pennington emerged as the last guy standing after injuries plagued Marshall University's football team at the quarterback position. Player after player went down and the unheralded freshman from Tennessee debuted. I was there at an early game, watching this guy throw passes that looked like they took ten years to get to the receivers. My verdict was in: … [Read more...] about Your Calling and Your Critics: Chad Pennington a Guaranteed Bust
A short reflection on the beginning of John 12. Judas Iscariot was an advocate for the poor. It was Judas who, thinking of the money he could skim, suggested that the expensive perfume not be wasted on the Lord, but sold and given to the poor. Not everyone who speaks for the poor and against extravagance is righteous. The champions of social justice are heirs of Judas if they are not devoted … [Read more...] about Occupy Bethany
Donald Miller: "I’ve a shelf at home devoted to books about writing. I’d say I might even have two shelves devoted to those books now. I’ve read most of them and some are better than others. But the best writing advice I’ve ever received didn’t come from a book. It actually occurred to me one morning when I was lying in bed, not wanting to get up and do my job. Maybe it came from heaven, I … [Read more...] about The Best Writing Advice Ever –Seriously
My son plays happily. He flits easily between two worlds, the world that is and the world he imagines. His conversation assumes the extraordinary. His play is an adventure in make believe. How like faith. Perhaps nothing is more like faith than play. This “admission” would no doubt make Christians raised in an era of apologetic zeal begin to sweat. It may also delight anti-theist scolds, those … [Read more...] about Make Believe Makes Believers
I wrote this a few weeks back, before I learned of my Papaw's death. Seems very appropriate. It was originally posted at The Rabbit Room. -Sam He gets the words wrong, but his heart is in it as he sings. Andrew Peterson’s “The Queen of Iowa” somehow becomes “The King of Ireland” when sung by our two-year old son. Talk about progressive. His version goes beyond gender-neutrality into categorical … [Read more...] about The Queen of Iowa and New Year Hopes